Photo of familiar locale selected for Denver competition
DENVER – The Den Gallery of Photography in Denver has selected Singletree fine art photographer Raymond A. Bleesz’s photo “Bair Sheep Ranch Bridge, Colorado River, Dotsero” in its upcoming 2004 competition and exhibition.The Den Gallery of Photography is one of the major fine art photography galleries in the greater Denver area. Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District, this gallery attracts more than 400 visitors during the “First Friday of the Month Arts Walk.” Gallery owner Jim Peterson has directed the Den Gallery since 2000.
Winner of Best in Show will receive $300 dollars plus a solo show at the Den Gallery in 2005. Prizes will be granted to the top three entries in the following categories: Black and White Traditional Photography, Traditional Color Photography and Digital Photography. All winners and honorable mentions will be included in a group showing at the Den Gallery in December.Bleesz’s photograph, a silver gelatin, archival processed selenium toned black-and-white print is in the Traditional Photograph category. A 4×5 camera was used in making the negative, and Ilfobrom paper was used. A Vail ski coach purchased the original print.
Bleesz’s interest in the Bair Bridge dates back to the 1960s when he traveled through Glenwood Springs Canyon on old route 6 during the summer months. It was more visual then. Other photographic images by Bleesz can be seen at Brush Creek Dry Goods in the Riverwalk in Edwards. A private showing of his portfolio can be arrange by calling 926-5424.The Den Gallery is located at 774 Santa Fe Drive. For more information on the competition and exhibition, call 720-932-8745.
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