In conjunction with Creede’s Third Friday Art Walk, a gallery walk complete with trivia hunt and prizes, the Creede Arts Council is hosting an opening night reception for the Mountain Shoot Out Regional Photography Show. The reception will be held at the Creede Chamber of Commerce Building at 904 S. Main Street in Creede on August 20th from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. The exhibit will be on display at the Chamber Building until September 6th.
The Mountain Shoot Out is a juried show open to photographers in Colorado. This year, fifty-one photographs were submitted, representing seventeen artists. The judges this year were Michael Lewis and Jennifer Homsher. A photographer for nearly 30 years, Michael has photographed five books for National Geographic in the U.S., Canada and Africa. He has worked for a variety of publications and clients, traveling to all 50 states and more than 45 countries. He lives in Mexico and Creede, where he teaches a popular photo workshop every fall. His photos are available at Rare Things Gallery and The Mermaid Cafe. Jennifer Homsher’s interest in photography was sparked in high school while living in London, England but after graduation lay dormant for many years until her travel bug took her to South America about 7 years ago. She took up her camera again and let her love of travel and photography lead her back to school, attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California. She now contributes to National Geographic Image Collection and does wedding and portrait photography.
Of this year’s show Michael and Jennifer stated, “While the show had a nice variety of wildlife photos and western scenes, we were most attracted to an image of an alligator lying in water surrounded by a pattern of raindrops. It is a peaceful photo, with an underlying mood of danger, since we don’t know what the gator is about to do. The interesting composition, subject and light make you want to look at the photo. The second and third place photos were both of people, and each had a unique viewpoint. One was a striking street scene of a young child with interesting light, an interesting expression, helped by the fact that the child did not engage the photographer, keeping it from being a cute, clichéd photo of a child. The third place image had a strong sense of composition and a very quiet, dreamy mood, drawing the viewer to look at the photo more closely. This is something every photographer should strive to achieve. We encourage photographers to consider the quality of light, the composition and the ‘moment’ in their photos. Paying close attention to all three aspects will lead to memorable instead of ordinary photos.”
First place in the show was given to Ron Dessain for his photo “Everglades Gator”. Graham Hunt won second place for “Niño Color De Me Tierra” and Chere Waters won third place for “The Bond”. Additionally, honorable mentions were awarded to Doug Davlin, Bob Fields, Ed Knight, and Bob Seago. Twenty other photographs were chosen for the show.
The city-wide Third Friday Art Walk will take place in downtown Creede from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, also on August 20th. Many of the galleries will be open late, providing refreshments, live music, prize drawings and the opportunity to meet with artists. Participating galleries can be identified by colorful yellow and red windsocks. This year, the Arts Council will be featuring a trivia hunt with questions submitted by each gallery and a grand prize of an artist’s print by Jan Thompson. Participants must go to each gallery on the Art Walk map to answer the trivia questions and get them all correct in order to be eligible for the prize. Look for maps with trivia questions at participating galleries in Creede. The Art Walk is a great way to enjoy the summer night air, support our artists and see what makes Creede so special! The Creede Arts Council is proud to support these events. For more information on this or future events please contact the Creede Arts Council at 658-0312 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Everglades Gator” by Ron Dessain, 1st Place Winner of the 2010 Mountain Shoot Out Regional Photography Show