Art Hop
June 6, 2013

Artists Reception
Friday June 14, 2013
5:30-9:00 pm

Franka Gabler - “California Vignettes”

Born and raised in Croatia, Franka M. Gabler developed a fascination, admiration, and respect for nature early in her life. Her family owned a 30-foot sailing boat, and spent their summer vacations cruising the countless islands off the Adriatic coast. Her life was all about the sea, swimming for hours in pristine waters of Croatia, sailing, conquering the wind, and finding shelter from the storms in secluded bays.

After moving to California in 1997, she thought that she would never be able to experience the beauty and connect to the nature as she did back in her home country.

During her first wilderness backpacking trip in the Sierras, camping next to a spectacular high Sierra lake, she had a "déjà vu" moment, again experiencing unspoiled nature in her new backyard. She fell in love with the amazing landscapes before her. The simple and complex interaction of the water, rocks, sky, plants and wildlife of the high country mountains encouraged her to embrace photography as a medium to express her feelings and share them with others. Now Franka spends every free moment hiking and exploring wilderness areas, always carrying her camera and tripod. Living not too far from Yosemite National Park enables her to visit often and capture the magnificent landscapes, both Yosemite icons and high Sierras in most dramatic conditions and best light: clearing storms, sunrises, sunsets, moonrises, alpenglow, reflections...

In her exhibit "California Vignettes", she selected a variety of landscapes from Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, through rolling foothills, to foggy harbors of the Central California Coast.
Franka’s photographs are published in Photographer’s Forum magazine’s “The Best of Photography 2010” book, Yosemite Conservancy Magazine, and Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide. Her work was featured in over 80 exhibits and is represented in private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She lives in the Sierra foothills, in Coarsegold, California.

You can see more of her work at