Photographers salute Boulder’s open space


By Tyra Sutak For the Camera

Posted:   03/02/2013 01:00:00 AM MST


This work by Milos Tomajko is among the images on display at “Lands Through the Lens.” (Courtesy photo)

If you goWhat: “Lands Through the Lens” photo exhibit in conjunction with Boulder County Parks & Open Space

When: Friday, March 8, through Friday, April 19. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 8

Where: The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

Tickets: Photo exhibits are free

Info: 303-440-7826 or

Etc.: The Dairy also will offer three other photography exhibits and two films. The exhibits are “A Neurotic Erotic Alphabet” by Boulder’s Paula Sussman (Parents, it carries a PG-13 rating); “Sand & Snow: Inner Mongolia,” by 10 American photographers, and an “In-Focus Gallery” by Jim Steinberg, a Steamboat Springs-based travel and nature photographer.

The films are “Journal de France,” a self-portrait of photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon, and “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters,” a documentary that offers unprecedented access to the photographer. There will be a discussion with a guest to be determined after “Journal de France” screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday. After “Gregory Crewdson” screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, local artist Angela Beloian and sibling filmmakers and still photographers Marco and Gonzago Corvo will lead a talk.

Boulder County is home to 97,000 acres of open space, much to the benefit of the athletic and outdoorsy crowd that calls the area home.

But it’s not just the thrill-seeking mountain bikers, the dedicated trail runners or the solitude-seeking hikers who routinely enjoy Boulder County’s bountiful open space land. BoCo’s art community is stepping outside the studio and hitting the trails to find creative inspiration and to immortalize the natural beauty of Colorado through their own eyes.

“We always hear a lot about the recreation community — mountain bikers and hikers — utilizing the open space, but there is another under-recognized group of open space lovers,” said Karen Imbierowicz, Boulder County Parks and Open Space partnership coordinator.

Through mid-April, Boulder County Parks and Open Space is teaming with The Dairy Center for the Arts to celebrate those outdoor-loving artists and National Photography Month by hosting an exhibit to showcase stunning photographs of the flora, fauna, farmlands, forests and residents of local county parks and open space land.

Nearly a year in the making, the “Land Through the Lens” exhibit will run March 8 through April 19 and will feature work by nearly 60 amateur and professional photographers of all different ages.

“Over 400 photographs were submitted, and of those, 100 were chosen,” Imbierowicz said. “There are a lot of landscape photos, but there are also some wildlife photos and some different types of artistic photos, as well.”

Photographs by 46 adults and 10 youth, chosen by Dairy Center photography jurors, will be on display in the nature-inspired exhibit. Five prizes will be given away in the adult category, including a People’s Choice award and a Commissioner’s Choice award along with three prizes for the top photographs entered in the youth category. All prize winners will be announced at the exhibit’s opening Friday. Along with the unveiling of the prize winners, opening night will feature light appetizers by Guillaume’s European Catering and desserts by Piece, Love & Chocolate. There will be an Artist Talk from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by the 5-7 p.m. reception.

All artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the profits will be donated to the Parks and Open Space’s sister organization, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for people to enjoy Boulder County’s open space.