Colorado Mountain College photography gets double billing in Glenwood Springs
Ryan Summerlin March 19, 2014
On Friday, photography enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view work from both Colorado Mountain College students and their professor.
CMC’s ArtShare Gallery in downtown Glenwood is kicking off an exhibit featuring almost two dozen photography students.
Meanwhile, the Glenwood Springs Library is showcasing a series of fourteener photographs by Derek Johnston, professor and director of professional photography at CMC.
The ArtShare Gallery will hold an opening reception at 6 p.m. March 21 for the student show.
“Because students in our program are encouraged to develop their own unique ways of seeing, the show is a good representation of the diverse work that comes out of the curriculum.”
Professor and director of professional photography at CMC
The student exhibit is an annual event for the college, whose photo program is widely regarded.
“We do this show because they’re just so good,” Alice Beauchamp, director of CMC ArtShare explained. “The show is always very well received by the community.”
This year’s selection runs through April 25, and features at least one piece each from Cody Bainbridge, Kyler Balsley, Steven Burket, Ian Enquist, Catto Foster, Ana Gayton, Lucas Hammet, Adam Hughes, Jason Kaplan, Kristen Keefer, Eric Knapp, Barbara Lee Ford, Saige Mateo, Bill Parish, Siri Raitto, Melinda Repetti, Chelsea Self, Eddie Tobin, Cary Tozer, Mike Wallace, David Weidner, and Sarah Zbozien.
“Because students in our program are encouraged to develop their own unique ways of seeing, the show is a good representation of the diverse work that comes out of the curriculum,” Johnston said of his students’ work.
The photographers were involved in the process from start to finish, including curating and framing their pieces.
“For some, these are the biggest prints they’ve ever done,” Johnston continued. “They’re learning about the professionalism and attention to detail needed to hang a piece on a gallery wall.”
The 14er project, Johnston’s own exhibit, is more specific. Johnston has captured an assortment of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in sharp black and white. His website, www.14erphotography.com/, also includes an assortment of photos from “along the way.”
Despite his own landscape focus, Johnston works hard to foster a unique eye and creativity in his students.
“He doesn’t push you toward a certain subject,” CMC professional photography student Molly Repetti said of the professor. “He supports you in going where you want to go.”
The students’ opening takes place at 802 Grand Ave. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.