Shutterbug Twila Stofer has a pretty cool story. She grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River as the daughter of a small-town doctor in Fort Madison, Iowa. However, she didn’t remain a small-town girl.
The eager artist attended the University of Chicago and lived in New York City, Florida, North Carolina, Germany, and Los Angeles before she bought her first Nikon in the 1970s. That’s when her real life truly began. From black and white to color, Stofer moved boldly through life. However, some things never change, and to this day, she prefers to work with her beloved 35mm format. Yes—real film, not digital!
Over the years, the masterful photog has played with color filters, soft focus, double exposure, and sandwich slides. One thing remains: She always sees things a bit differently. Want to check out this pioneering work for yourself? The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Central Coast Photographic Society, presents Twila Stofer’s Artful Eye, a compilation of 35mm photographs taken over the artist’s more than 40 years as a freelance photographer. The show runs through Sept. 27.
The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, dedicated to the education, presentation and preservation of the visual arts on the Central Coast, is located at 1010 Broad St., on the west end of Mission Plaza. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more info visit SLOMA.org.