The Partners in Art Exhibit held at Deep Space in Parker, which was held on, Friday, March 20, 2015, had a light turn out and it has been decided they will have second reception. Date and time of the 2nd reception to be determined. They have decided in addition to having the 2nd reception to extend the exhibit till the end of May. I will honestly have to say this is probably the best art exhibit I have ever attended and have never seen a couples or partners exhibit and according to Toni Brock, the event organizer, this may be the first exhibit of its’ kind.
Even though the turnout was light the artists still stood by while visitors perused their artworks prepared to answer any questions, listen to any comments they may have had or if they wished to purchase any of their items. I will honestly have to say this was the best art exhibit I have ever attended. The artists were all present and open to questions and comments.
I managed to have some great conversations with each artist couple on various topics like; what motivated them, how they happened to choose the genre of art, how it was working as a couple and how they chose what shots they took and used, etc.
One specific couple, Lee and Roy Goettling, REEL Good Shots, L.L.C., shared their story of how they both started working on their photography together after they were married over 42 years ago, exemplifying the name of the exhibit. They shared how they prepare for a photo shoot by knowing where they are going and what they are going to shoot, but are also prepared for any kind of shot which may “just happen.”
One example they share in their Biography is when they went to take pictures of Mt. Bierstadt, with the idea they were going to shoot items from the landscapes they happen upon, and 2 B-24 Mitchel Bombers flew through the pass near them. Roy said they may take a hundred or so pictures and only use a couple of the ones they feel they would like to share.
Roy also gave me some good advice on editing my photos and a website that will help me to learn more about editing photos.
They consider their works of art as; ”prints you can walk by every time and see something new, feel a different emotion and most of all not tire of its beauty.” They have photographic works of all different genres on display from animals, to flowers, trains and automobiles.
For more information about the Goettlings and their work click here or visit: www.reelgoodshots.com/
Kjell and Jeanette Wygant had several paintings, pictures, Macro Photos and furniture on display. I spoke with Kjell for a bit and he told me how he purchased old whiskey and wine barrels from several distilleries, to include some in Parker, took them apart and turned them into Adirondack Chairs, tables, benches and more. One of the only problems he said he had with some of the barrels was the whiskey ones. He said the whiskey smell could not be extracted from the barrels so he had to use those for items people would not sit on and be overwhelmed by the smell. His work was very unique.
Jeanette Wygant is a person with many types of art in which she has some wonderful work on display. She has received many awards for her work. She has a great story in her bio where she talks about her Dad being so proud of her work he build her an art studio, and she was on in elementary school. I was fascinated with her Macro Photography. I knew what macro was but never realized how you could take pictures of fabric weaves and the inside of clay pots and make them look so fascinating like the pictures were of some otherworldly object.
Doug and Kay Gross had some wonderful pieces where Kay manipulated glass in many different fashions and turned it into some bright colorful designs and shapes. I really enjoyed listening to her talk about how she had to heat the different glasses to different temperatures and cooled them in different time periods, which I probably would lose patience with and break everything I attempted to make.
Her work was fascinating and by the way she explained how they were made you could tell she was truly passionate about her work. Her husband Doug was responsible for making the metal stands each of the pieces fit into. I did not get a chance to talk with Doug, but from what Kay told me he is very passionate about welding.
She will make a piece and have him build a base out of metal. He will take the Art piece and build the base out of several pieces of metal welded together. He will sand it and grind it in different ways to add to the beauty of each of her pieces. She said he will even make a certain shape of base and she will make a glass piece to fit it at times.
Doug and Kay both teach classes on their different abilities; Kay’s on glass and Doug’s on welding. She said they both enjoy teaching kids their trades.
I was fascinated with each of the couples’ works of art they have on display and will be visiting several more times just to see what new objects, shapes or items I may find that I hadn’t seen in the last visit.
The last two artists who have art works on display are not a couple but have some fascinating art works. The first of the two artists is Steve Schwartz.
Steve Schwartz started photography at a very early age. His Grandfather founded Mile High Photo in the early 1900’s, his father took It over and it continued down the line. One of his early moments in photography is when he was shown how to develop black and white film and then print a photo from it before he was 8 years old.
In the 1970’s he became interested in commercial photography and even worked for the Denver Museum of Natural History, which folks know now as the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, created a 24 projector slide show which people who attended the IMAX Theater experienced.
He is now working with panoramas he puts together with photographs and with his knowledge of computers, digital photography and print software like Photoshop he has learned to gain full control over his print making processes.
His photos are of many different objects from wildlife, to scenic and panoramas. He has one piece in the exhibit which is 16 foot long panorama of Denver and the Font Range. He has a list of items set up as a kind of “Where is Waldo” to test your visual acuity and your knowledge of the Front Range and Denver. The detail of the panorama is exceptional.
Steve also takes pictures of wildlife and landscapes of all types.
The last artist, Tadashi Hayakawa, is an international artist who is working on paintings for an exhibit at the Art Network Gallery in April. His paintings are inspired by a trip last year to his homeland of Japan. He studied the shapes and colors of his culture and expresses them in his artwork. His exhibition is called “Echoes of Heritage” and is in four different sections; celebration, Spirit of Sumi, Islands of Japan and Spiritual Inspiration.
You can also work with Tadashi at the Deep Space Gallery, note the “work with.” It will not be an art class but an opportunity to work with Tadashi in the gallery with other paint enthusiasts. This gives you the chance to see other artists work on their paintings to maybe pick up some new tips, have them give you a bit of a critique of your work or some re-assurance of what you are trying to express.
For more info about working with Tadashi click here or go to: www.meetup.com/DeepSpace/
As I stated at the beginning of this article, they are setting up a second night for another reception. I will post the new reception date and times as soon as I get them, so check back or be sure to “Subscribe” by clicking on the “Subscribe” button, below my bio or on any of my articles pages to receive notification of new article postings.
A special “Thanks” to Brian Dickman and Toni Brock for this wonderful exhibit.