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ZZ Top photo garners ‘special mention’ from state arts center

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Photographer Raymond Bleesz with his portrait of Billy Gibbons. See the framed photograph at Brush Creek Dry Goods in Edwards.
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EDWARDS — Fine art photographer Raymond A. Bleesz, of Edwards, was accepted into the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s annual members show and received “special mention” from the distinguished juror, Katherine Ware, the curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center exhibition is a survey of new, current work made by members within the past 12 months and is intended to highlight the creative talents of CPAC’s core constituency. There was no theme.

Ware looked at more than 350 images submitted by 80 artists, all members of CPAC. She chose 41 images for inclusion in the show. Bleesz, a  member of Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 1976, has had numerous images selected over the years by various jurors. Bleesz submitted six images. While Ware did not select any of those images as finalists, she did select his piece “Billy Gibbons ZZ Top” as a “special mention.” The piece will be featured in a slideshow on the Colorado Photographic Arts Center website and included in the exhibition catalog. Visit http://www.cpacphoto.org for more information.



The exhibition will be held at Colorado Photographic Arts Center July 11-Aug. 22. An opening reception and award ceremony with Ware will be held July 11 from 3 o 5 p.m. She will also deliver a lecture at the Denver Art Museum (North Building) prior to the reception at 1 p.m.

Bleesz’s black and white portrait depicts Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Gibbons visited Brush Creek Dry Goods, which Bleesz owns, this past February and when Bleesz requested a portrait, Gibbons obliged. Bleesz made the portrait with a historic 57-year-old Leica 111f rangefinder camera, which he’s owned since 1958. He made two portraits. You can see one at Brush Creek Dry Goods in Edwards.


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