‘Space to wonder’ lets imagination roam

Museum gallery offers premier photo exhibit with five-decade history


The Littleton Fine Arts Committee challenged photographers in the call for artists to the 2022 “Through the Eye of the Camera” exhibit, a show the committee has run for more than 50 years, following the initial suggestion of late member Gene Kramer, who was ad director for a large company and knew a number of skilled local photographers.

It has grown in popularity and was at one time the exhibit that drew the most guests to the opening receptions hosted by the committee back when that was possible. Area photographers enjoyed comparing notes with each other regarding cameras and other equipment, and I hope they will be able to enjoy a lively community again next year. In the meantime, we invite them to visit singly ... the variety of ways of seeing our world is endlessly fascinating.

“There is no science to explain what causes us to admire those things that strike us as amazing! But wonder is a shared human emotion, some would say the hallmark of human experience,” said juror Rupert Jenkins. Jenkins is a freelance photography curator, who is working on a possible book of “Outside Influences: Photography in Colorado 1945-1995.”

His choice of 41 images for this exhibit, “Space to Wonder,” will be displayed through March 12 at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Open during museum hours, the exhibit leads a viewer to contemplate what the artist may have been thinking as they chose/composed each image. Titles may add to one’s ideas, but it’s fun to speculate on a given artist’s reaction to a subject as it was translated into a framed work. Photographers submitted both color and black-and-white prints and most labels share type of camera and paper used, since the camaraderie of the reception is missing.

Jenkins’ selection for Best of Show is Marshal Clark’s “Muonionalusta No. 37,” The artist asks, “What can create more wonder than the night sky?” His winning print is described as “a photomicrograph of a tint: Photographic print of A00.044, etched and captured at 500x. The structures found in iron meteorites are unique, forming some 4.5 billion years ago and do not form naturally on earth.”

If one Googles, they find that Clark is a metallurgical engineer, living in Palmer Lake, where the night sky is probably extra-fabulous. He became fascinated with the structure and artistry found within iron meteorites and creating photographic prints of these structures. (His website is artofthegods.com.) “Unlike metals formed on earth, which solidify and cool within minutes or hours, meteoritic metal cooled at a rate of a few degrees per 100,000 years...”

First place went to Kasey Medlin for “The Day Before I” with a face blurred — an exploration of developing Alzheimer’s disease in a beloved grandparent — first in a series.

Farhad Vikilitabar, who specializes in double images, won second place for his “Envelope No. 7,” which verges towards abstract.

Each image in this exhibit merits a long look to absorb its various aspects. Allow time to look closely at details in each one ...

Popular Denver painter Tony Ortega won an honorable mention for his digital photography and collage: “El Papillote de Nina,” a postcard from grandma, which tells yet another story. Entries could be black and white or color photography.

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, public events frequently are canceled or rescheduled. Check with organizers before you go. Masks and proof of vaccination are standard at all venues listed.

Littleton Fine Arts Committee, kasey medlin, the day before I, el papillote de nina, sonya Ellingboe


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