Let the art walk begin! | SummitDaily.com

Let the art walk begin!

KIMBERLY NICOLETTIsummit daily newsDillon, CO

Matt Lit developed first fridays to increase traffic in the La Riva del Lago mall in Dillon, and its beginning to work; the first artists have moved into the space next door, Studio #4, which features stained-glass artists Kim Adams and clothing artist Carrie Denkinger.In addition to showcasing these new artists, this months first fridays will highlight the work of Women of Watercolor, Donna Causland (ceramics), Steve Puchek (sculptures), G-Mamma (funky purses) and Mary Hull (turquoise jewelry). It also will present In the Viewfinder Four Photographers, which delivers four very unique visions and approaches to (the) camera work of Matt Lit, Todd Powell, Tim Faust and Rich Seeley, Lit said.

Faust, who also writes a column in the Summit Daily, is an award-winning photographer who uses his journalistic approach to go beyond the traditional portrait, in order to capture little moments that make life special. His photos have been published in National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Trail Runner and Freeskier. His love of the outdoors is apparent in his images.He recently converted an old digital camera into a black-and-white infrared to recapture moody looks he remembers from his days working with film. In keeping with a more simplistic lifestyle, he also has initiated new policies, which he advocates on his website, such as purchasing carbon offsets, recycling and even planting trees in the name of each couple whose wedding he photographs.Seely, a wildlife and landscape photographer, didnt jump into camera work full time until he retired from his corporate career in software, engineering and business development in 2007. He aims to create wildlife images that evoke an emotional response by capturing animals in intriguing moments that viewers can relate to. His photos hang in a number of galleries in Massachusetts and Colorado, and he has published extensively and won many photography awards.Powells love of the outdoors motivates his photography. He explores, then shares different perspectives of Colorado and the mountain lifestyle with viewers. His passion for outdoor activities, including telemark skiing, cycling and hiking, shows in the subject matter of the adventure sports and scenes he photographs. He has been working as a freelance commercial photographer since 1983, when he graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in professional photography. In 1986, he moved to Summit County to pursue travel and adventure sports photography. In 2001, he started selling prints of his photography at art festivals and galleries around the country. Two years ago, he opened his own gallery on Main Street in Frisco.Lits unique angle involves a Holga Toy Camera a simple camera with a plastic body, lens and viewfinder and a spring-loaded shutter. The images, which have a vintage and romantic appeal, captured Lits attention. His work with the Holga has led him to a Colorado Council of the Arts exhibition at DIA and the state capital, publication in Art of Seeing last year and this year, nominations in the International Black & White Spider Awards and more.All of the artists are expected to attend tonights reception, with the exception of Causland, G-Mamma and Hull.