New art exhibit in Frisco showcases the Faces of Summit County
IF YOU GO
What: Opening reception for Faces
When: Sunday, Sept. 25; 4–6 p.m.
Where: County Commons building, 37 Peak One Drive, Frisco
Coming down the staircase from the second floor of the Frisco County Commons building, four wildlife photos hang on the wall above. In one, a kit stares intently forward, looking at an unseen camera, while another kit comes darting in from the side, ready to bite the first. Photographer Jenise Jensen calls this photo “Oblivious,” and the set of four fox photos are her first to ever be part of an exhibit.
“You see expressions and you see those family bonding moments, and they are beautiful animals,” Jensen said.
Her photos are part of a new exhibit by the Summit County Art Forum called Faces. The exhibit in Frisco features the work of 16 local artists from photographers, painters and sculptors, and also includes a display of tribal masks done by students at Snowy Peaks High School. An opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4–6 p.m., free and open to the public, will bring in the artists to discuss their work, and will also include a performance by longtime local musician Leon Joseph Littlebird.
The Art Forum showcases three four-month-long exhibits each year, and the theme was chosen as a broad category to represent the faces of Summit County.
“There are a lot of faces in Summit County,” said Leslie Walker, Art Forum program assistant. “There’s people, there’s animals, there’s domestic animals, there’s wild animals. … There’s a lot of faces in Summit. We wanted to give artists an opportunity to really put their spin on it, and be able to show us what they see through their eyes.”
Jensen chose the photos of foxes because of their expressive faces. She captured the photos in Breckenridge over the last two years.
“I have a special love for the foxes,” Jensen said. “It’s something you would never see if you lived in the big city. I never thought I would get to see animals that up close, they are just fascinating. And the looks on their faces, I particularly like watching the parents with the kits.”
Jensen, who has lived in Summit since 2002, started taking photography classes over the last couple years. Her favorite places to shoot are in Breckenridge because of the natural beauty, views and live performance opportunities at the Riverwalk Center, she said.
While she has had her work printed in the Summit Daily and its magazines, this is the first time she has seen them hanging on a wall as part of an art exhibit, so she reached out to local wildlife photographer Mark Yeager for help with printing.
“I hope people enjoy them,” she said. “I enjoy seeing (my photos) printed and shared. Whether it’s in a magazine, in the paper or on the wall … I just like sharing them.”
Other artists with work in the exhibit include Janelle Kopp, Linda Marr, Jordan Dobrin, Len Szmurlo, Jonathan Lerner, Nancy Wyatt, Bill Linfield, Christina Davis, Bruce Spinney, Matt Lit, Adolph Zimmerman, Cecelia Eidemiller, Jeremy “Jerms” Green and the late Charles Des Moineaux.
Eidemiller has multiple paintings along one wall of painted faces.
“Going into fall, especially with Halloween and the Day of the Dead celebration, Cecelia’s (Eidemiller) works just hit that right there,” Walker said.
Littlebird has also loaned the exhibit some of the work done by his late father, Charles des Moineaux, from his time among the Navajo. At the opening, the songwriter and storyteller will demonstrate ancient flute music.
“We love to have Leon (Littlebird), he’s just so talented and very well known in our community. It’ll be a nice mix of being able to see that traditional art on the wall as well as be able to be interchanged by music.”
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