Photos tell of 10 days on the Colorado |

Photos tell of 10 days on the Colorado

Daily staff report
"Claret Cup Cactus" by John Fielder
Special to the Weekly |

EAGLE COUNTY — This July, members of the Vail Valley Art Guild Photographers participated in a competition called 10 Days on the Colorado. All of their photos were taken along the Colorado River Road (Eagle County Road 301) from north of Interstate 70 at exit 134 and west of where the Colorado River Road joins U.S. Highway 131. The photos were taken from July 3-12. Only one photo was entered by each photographer.

The juror for the competition is the renowned Colorado photographer John Fielder, who will judge the prints and determine a Best of Show, first, second and third place image. The awards will be presented at the VVAGP meeting on the evening of July 30. All prints will be displayed at the Gypsum Public Library during the month of August.

The public is invited to join Fielder on Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. at the Gypsum Public Library for a slide show with music featuring his new project about the Upper Colorado and Yampa rivers. “The Yampa” is Fielder’s latest book and promotes the Yampa to remain the last free-flowing river in the entire Colorado River basin. There will be a book sale and signing of all of John’s Colorado books and calendars. He will also discuss the VVAGP prints on display and the winners.


This competition was open to members of the Vail Valley Art Guild Photographers only.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

This competition is the first event of the newly formed VVAGP. The Vail Valley Art Guild brought together artists of many visual media formats, but they did not include photography. That changed when Raymond Bleesz and Rick Spitzer planned and hosted the first meeting of the VVAGP on Feb. 26. The purpose of the VVAGP is to meet the many needs and desires of local photographers. Membership in this new organization has grown quickly and includes novices as well as pros.

The VVAGP meets at 7 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. For information about membership in the Vail Valley Art Guild Photographers, contact Rick Spitzer at

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