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With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio

Gig Harbor, WA – The exhibit “With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio” opens at the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, Washington, on March 31, 2012. The exhibit features a remarkable collection of fashion, music, and portrait photography in stunning large format prints. Many of the images were selected by Ms. Dellaccio herself and most have never been shown publicly. The exhibit runs through July 29, 2012.

Jini Dellaccio has been called “a genius of imagery” despite the fact her talent is not widely known. But if you were a fan of rock n’ roll in the 1960s and 1970s you undoubtedly have seen her work; her timeless photographs of the Northwest rock scene have left a profound legacy. A significant number of these images were shot among the lush landscape of Ms. Dellaccio’s Gig Harbor home.

This exhibit is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the works of this Indiana farm girl whose life took an unexpected path that led to a fifty-year career as an accomplished photographer, creating some of the most memorable images of the Northwest’s seminal rock music scene.

Whether capturing images of fashion models, Fiji firewalkers, famous composers or infamous rock and rollers, Dellaccio’s portraits reliably reveal the dignity and compelling character of her subjects. Working within the conventions of the modernist Northwest School —with its tradition of Pacific Rim mysticism and reverence for nature—Dellaccio transcends the impassive technology of her chosen medium to convey an unparalleled connection with people, place, and period.

The exhibit is created in association with the Jini Dellaccio Collection (JDC), headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The JDC was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and archiving Jini Dellaccio’s photographic images. To learn more about the JDC, visit

Exhibit sponsors include Boeing, Jim and Gail Smalley, Propel Insurance, and the Ben B. Cheney Foundation.

The museum is located at 4121 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor, Washington, 98332. Visit for more information.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, dba Harbor History Museum, was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm, except major holidays; winter hours are February 1-April 15, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm.