Local photographer channels message through his nature, landscape images
WHAT: Photography exhibit by Allen Lefever
WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Fri., Nov. 1 reception; exhibit runs through Nov. 30
WHERE: Kurtzman/Lintott Gallery, 412 Main St.
COST: Free admission; all works are for sale
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From an early age, Allen Lefever has had the fever for taking pictures.
“As a child, I always had my Kodak Instamatic camera in hand as I traveled around the country with my parents,” he said. From there he moved up to a Minolta SRL in college where he majored in art/photography. Currently, the tools of his trade include a trusty Canon 5D Mark III aided by Adobe Lightroom for post-processing his shots.
Retired from the Grand Junction Regional Center as a health care technician, Lefever, 53, devotes his time to photography and has added alabaster and marble sculpting to his artistic pursuits. Lefever and his wife, Teri, live on a few acres in Purdy Mesa, where he says there’s no shortage of inspiration.
“The mountains, rivers and deserts surrounding my home provide me with unlimited opportunities to pursue this creative expression.”
The subject of Lefever’s photography is mainly nature, wildlife and landscapes: “Most of its regional photography — deer, wildlife, egrets … I like the canyons in southeastern Utah, the foothills of the Grand Mesa. You don’t have to go far when you live around here.”
And for Lefever, taking a picture isn’t a snap and run drill — it’s a meditation on life.
“I can slow down and turn off my mind. I think in our day to day lives we analyze and categorize and I think we tend to miss things. More than just sharing (my photos), I hope to communicate to everyone to slow down and experience our surroundings by being in the present moment.
“Photography has taught me to slow down … photography makes me feel more interconnected to everything.”
Although he’s been taking exquisite pictures his whole life, he hasn’t held many public exhibitions of his art.
“I had (an exhibit) at The Art Center 20 years ago; it’s been awhile,” he said. And two years ago, he placed second overall for a piece he submitted in the center’s member show. But that’s about it. Flush with artistic talents, Lefever professed that he isn’t a go-getter when it comes to marketing his images.
“The business side of my personality is malfunctioning,” he laughed. “Teri is business-minded and she’s the organizational side. I think we make a good team.”
Lefever’s photography will be on exhibit at the Kurtzman/Lintott Gallery, 412 Main St., through the end of November. The opening reception to coincide with First Friday is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the gallery; refreshments will be served.
“I’m excited about getting my work out there,” said Lefever, who will have 16 plaque-mounted photographs and 30 matted prints on display — all for sale.
Ever the student of his craft, Lefever participated in an intimate “dream” workshop with acclaimed Colorado photographer John Fielder in 2011 — a six-day rafting and photography trip in Desolation Canyon in Utah.
“We’d stop and he’d give us little lessons in photography,” Lefever said. Aside from the tutorials, Lefever learned about himself as an artist.
“I found that I had gotten stuck in ruts and presumptions in my own work … it was helpful.”
One of the photos that came from that trip, “Moonshiner Cave,” will be on display during his November exhibit.
To see more of his work, Lefever displays online at Fine Art America; visit allen-lefever.artistwebsites.com.
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