Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee brings photos to The Art Forum |

Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee brings photos to The Art Forum

Frisco Historic Park & Museum director Simone Belz places historical artifacts into one of the display cases at The Art Forum at the County Commons in Frisco.
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If you go

What: Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee 2014 Photo Exhibition

When: Opens 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Where: The Art Forum, County Commons Lobby, adjacent to the entrance of the Main Branch Library, 37 County Road 1005, Frisco

Cost: Free

More information: To learn more about the artists, visit their individual websites, Scott Cramer,; Dave Watson,; Todd Powell,; Mary Staby,; or Sheila Trowbridge,

The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee will present its 2014 Photo Exhibition in a newly named gallery space, The Art Forum, located in the lobby of the County Commons building in Frisco, adjacent to the entrance of the Main Library.

The exhibit will open on Sunday, Sept. 7, with an introductory talk by Dave Watson, one of the photographers whose work is featured in the exhibit. The talk will take place in the Mount Royal Room of the County Commons building and is free to the public.

The four photographers featured in the exhibit are Scott Cramer, from Vail; Todd Powell and Mary Staby, both from Frisco; and Watson, of Eagle. All four are passionate about being outdoors, in wild and not-so-wild places, seeing and being inspired by nature. They shoot landscapes, wildlife, plants and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

“For me, photography is an adventure,” said Powell, who returns season after season to many of the same locations to “examine nature in a constant state of transition.”

Staby’s favorite subjects include the wide-open spaces, mountains, lakes and rivers of her home in Colorado and the Great Southwest, and Watson, born and raised in Missouri and now living in Eagle, uses a “mix of persistence, patience and a good sense of humor” to get great photos.

Commercial photographer Cramer defines his photographic style as “a natural curiosity about the world.”

Also on display in The Art Forum are two new exhibits by the Frisco Historic Park and Museum and Breckenridge artist Sheila Trowbridge. It is quite the contrast: In one display case are a horseshoe, a gold pan and a 100-year-old ore bag, and in the other whimsical and colorful objects, paintings, tiles and T-shirts.

“Loving to color since I was 4, I haven’t stopped yet,” Trowbridge said. Besides expressing herself, she tries to bring out the “inner artist” in others by teaching art to preschool kids and to budding artists up to 90 years old at her Colorful Prints Parties.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Arts Exhibit Committee’s vision for this newly named space is to create a public gallery with rotating displays, most of them created by Summit County artists.

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