Photographer Dave Engle is showing photos at Vail Library |

Photographer Dave Engle is showing photos at Vail Library

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VAIL, Col.orado –Local photographer Dave Engle is showing photos he took over the course of five months in Northern California at the Vail Library community room through Sept. 15. Meet the artist Friday from noon to 6 p.m. during an artist reception. For more information on Engle’s work, visit

Vail Daily: What does art mean to you?

Dave Engle: Beauty, form, function, color, shape, size, space, interpretation, boundaries, limit-less …

VD: When did you know that you wanted to be a artist?

DE: Everyone is creative; some posses more or less creativity than others and some chose to utilize that creativity and expression. Artistry is creation, whether it is solely individualistic original or the interpretation of previous work. I’ve always been an artist.

VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?

DE: The environment inspires me. Culture, the American public, global society, thoughts, feelings and actions. Finding beauty in a person, place or situation is part of that inspiration.

VD: Why did you choose the medium that you work with, or did it choose you?

DE: Photography came to me at an early age, it was fun and easy and a great way to record events to share with friends and family. Painting, music, drawing … I was never really that good with those so I went with what was working for me.

VD: Describe your style.

DE: In my opinion, style is a means to pigeonhole yourself. I have an ‘approach’ to every photographic puzzle I encounter. Method, calculation, thought, ideas, science, experimentation … all of it crashes around in the 48 ounces of grey matter. It is then developed into a visual representation

VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

DE: There are so many artists out there, if I absolutely had to name one … Heironymous Bosch, Breton, Rothko, Marcel Duchamp, Warhol, Robert Frank, Robert Adams, Braque, Max Ernst … I wouldn’t do it. Put them all in a hat and let fate decide. I would say that the surrealists are where my bias resides.

VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art?

DE: Yes. It is a digital print made from a flatbed scan and framed by a 1950s window. I discovered the window during the remodel of a home in Denver. I knew I would be able to use it for a print some day. Years later, after I had created this specific print, it had dawned on me that I had the frame waiting for that print.

What: Dave Engle photography exhibit

When: Now through Sept. 15

Artist reception: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Vail Library community room

More information: Visit

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