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Grants kick off Photography Month at Main Street Fine Art

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By Sara Miller

The Evergreen Artists Association was founded by artists in 1958 for the advancement of the visual arts in our mountain community. Honoring the almost-60-year tradition of artists helping artists, the EAA created the Adult Member Grant in 2014. The group established $300 awards for future tuition for classes, special projects, and artist necessities such as installation, supplies, materials and show entrance fees. The grant is based on artistic merit, not need, and grants were awarded to EAA members in good standing who applied. Grant winners are required to volunteer 10 or more hours at EAA events throughout the year such as the Fine Arts Festival, Last Friday Gallery Walks or EAA member shows.

This year’s inaugural winners were artists Carolyn Campbell, Dennis Johnson, Anna Mead and Joan Mickelson. The grant awards were presented at Main Street Fine Art during the Last Friday Gallery walk last week.

The Last Friday Reception also kicked off Photography Month at Main Street Fine Art, the EAA’s member gallery in downtown Evergreen. The month of photography features the work of five EAA photographers and one guest artist. The EAA gallery members are Beth Riser of Bronze Photo Arts, Steve Samuelson of Mountain Digital Photo Art, Joe Sisler, Carol Walker of Living Images, and Jason Kaplan of Explore Adventure Photography. The guest artist is Ken Juliano from Adobe Creek Framing.

Carol Walker’s passion for photography started at an early age, with animals as her favorite subject. She studied literature and photography as an undergraduate at Smith College, and continued her education in photography after graduating, studying portraiture and nature photography. She has traveled all over the world photographing wildlife for the past 30 years. Walker owns Living Images by Carol Walker, specializing in photographing horses. She has dedicated herself to educating people with her photographs and stories about wild horses.

Beth Riser’s father gave her a Nikon FE2 when she was 12 years old, and she became fascinated with capturing light and the natural world. Riser grew up in Virginia and studied studio art and English at the University of Virginia. Beth has lived and traveled around the country, as well as explored Europe, taking in the surroundings through her camera. She has made Colorado her home for more than 12 years.

Joe Sisler spent his childhood and young adult life fishing the rural areas of the Northeast. He moved to Colorado in the late 1990s and surrounds himself with people in Colorado who share his love of the natural world in the Rocky Mountains. Sisler is a self-taught artist, in both painting and photography. His photographs are a glimpse into the everyday world of nature. From the birds outside his window to national parks, the majority of his photos area taken within two hours of his doorstep in Evergreen.

Steve Samuelson has lived and worked in Colorado for the past 40 years. As a graphic artist, with a background in photographic chemistry, Samuelson decided to pursue his passion for nature and landscape photography. His vision is to make images that are uncomplicated and pleasing to the eye by using a strong graphic style made up of clean lines and simple forms.

Jason Kaplan is an outdoor adventure-based photographer specializing in landscapes and night scenes. He grew up at 9,500 feet above Evergreen, and has spent much of his life snowboarding in the backcountry and on the big mountains, claiming two first snowboard descents. Through his photography, Kaplan shares his adventure experiences and hopes to inspire people to get out and see what they might be missing in the natural world.

Ken Juliano from Adobe Creek Framing and Photography in Kittredge is the featured guest artist. Juliano will offer a free gallery talk/demo on framing on March 18 at Main Street Fine Art Gallery. The gallery talk will cover how to attach artwork to a frame, the proper way to wire, basic discussion on using mats, and frame profiles.

The photography show runs through March 25. The gallery’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information, visit www.MainStreetFineArt.org or call 303-670-7222.