Colorado Aperture show offers award-winning photos

Depot Art Center displays striking images through Sept. 18


Dana Smith’s “Jitterbug,” a jazzy close-up photo of a petite ladybug (dancing? singing?), was awarded Best of Show in the “2019 Colorado Aperture” exhibit at the Depot Art Center, 2069 W. Powers Ave. Littleton Fine Arts Guild members who are photographers participate in other Guild exhibits, but last year, they decided to mount an exhibit of their own — “Aperture” — as well.

The 2019 juror was Mark Osler, a photojournalist who focuses on the community and educational work of nonprofits. He announced awards at the  Aug. 6 reception.

To find the winner, walk upstairs to the baggage platform and look to the right of the far corner.  

The show runs through Sept. 28 in the historic red building.

A beautiful example of Osler’s visual storytelling work, the image of a food line, is just to the left as one enters, while on the right are a pair of Steve Caulfield’s bright abstracts — “C 1001” and “Insomnia” — lights reflected/refracted through a glass platter.

The other awards: “Take Cover” by Jonathan Katz (first); “Chasing Tail” by Ally Green (second) “Camel Viewpoint” by Michael Holtby (third), are spaced through the gallery in this nicely displayed exhibit.

(This viewer wishes a tiny bit of print storytelling accompanied each one. Where did Holtby encounter those camels, for example?) Of course part of the idea is for a viewer to make up his/her own story about an image, but …

Honorable mentions were awarded to: “Variation 7963” by John Brewick; “Taos Artist” by Maureen Ravnick; and “Dreaming of Monet” by Tobias Steeve.

Images of Southwestern landscape draw one in: Fernando Boca’s “San Juan Vortex of Fire” and Kenneth Ambre’s “Serpent’s Tail” canyon image appear with a farther step to the left of the entrance — is that the original depot door?

Architecture is another subject — see Peggy Dietz’s finely textured “Edifice.”

Members have been out in the field and have encountered wildlife — especially birds. Handsome hawks soar, Carl Paulson’s “Great Blue Heron” looks for fish, sandhill cranes fly in formation and Andrew Lee found a charming “Dancing Owl.” Other solemn owl portraits stare into the gallery. How close did a photographer get to these feathered subjects?

A pair of javelinas engage in a disagreement, which might turn ugly, one suspects, since they’re not known for their charm and finesse! You can almost hear a snort.

In the back room is an intriguing image of a school of humpback whales circling and splashing — perhaps a school of smaller fish, aka “lunch,” made the mistake of choosing this route. Gulls circle overhead, hoping to score a meal too. Again, one imagines a soundtrack.

Enjoy a leisurely amble through this gem of a gallery. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 303-795-0781. Admission is free and artwork is for sale.


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