VAIL - It is one of the strange byproducts of a global economy: sometimes the search for the utmost in quality isn't a global search at all. It often starts, and ends, right in your own backyard.In celebration of this beloved freakonomic effect, and also because people seem to be in the mood for a good party, the locally-owned and operated Matt Inden Gallery will host a new image release party Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. The party will be hosted in partnership with Denver-based Peak 7, one of the craft-distillery movement's new products. "We try to be as localized as we can with everything we do, from our framing, printing, and camera equipment," said Matt Inden, a pulitzer-prize winning photographer who established his boutique gallery next to Arrabelle in 2010. "So, if we're going to have a martini party, we wanted to make sure we had a really good, Colorado-made vodka to serve to our guests."Inden will host part two of a two-part image release series today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Gallery, which is located by the French Deli, catty-corner to Bart & Yeti's, in Lionshead. Inden specializes in large-format photography, and has sold pieces to guests and collectors from around the world. After helping the Rocky Mountain News win the Pulitzer in 2002 for his work covering Colorado's wildfires, Inden concentrated on capturing the fragile, sometimes endangered beauty of the planet's natural environment. Although he is best known for his Colorado-based photography, he has taken images throughout the United States and in several locations abroad. Inden has set himself apart in the fine art world by integrating a mix of analog and high-tech equipment. His preferred camera is an antique, 8-by-10 large-format accordion-style piece (think Ansel Adams). He first captures an 8-by-10-inch negative, then employs modern printing techniques to create an image quality that is still unsurpassed even in today's high-tech, digital era. Peak 7 is a new-release vodka that is already becoming a leader in the "craft-distillery" movement which, much like its beer counterpart, has found a welcome home in Colorado. The vodka is created with an all-glass still, with Rocky Mountain spring water, to create a crisp, pure, finish.Guests aged 21 with a proper ID can sample Peak 7 on the rocks, shaken, or stirred at the Matt Inden Gallery Saturday. Visit www.mattinden.com to learn more about the photographer.
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