Summit County photography workshop with John Fielder benefits Domus Pacis Family Respite
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What: Photography workshop with John Fielder
Where: Workshop is at Fielder’s home in Silverthorne
When: Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: $300, all proceeds go to Domus Pacis Family Respite
Nature photographer John Fielder is teaming up with Domus Pacis Family Respite to offer a full-day photography workshop at his home. The workshop is Sunday, Sept. 20, and includes personal instruction by the photographer and dinner prepared by Doug Schwartz, chef at Colorado Mountain College Culinary School. The cost is $300, with all proceeds benefitting the local nonprofit.
Fielder has been a photographer for more than 40 years, specializing in nature photography in Colorado. He is the author of 39 exhibit format and guide books, his most recent publication, “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild From the Flat Tops to the Green,” with Patrick Tierney, came out in July.
“(The workshop is) a compressed version of what I typically do in my one-, two- and three-day workshops on my own account,” Fielder said. “People come up to my house at Acorn Creek, north of Silverthorne. I do a lecture, which is basically a slideshow about the art of photography, talking about things like color, form, moment. I talk about composition and light — it all fits together in a neat package of how do you make more than just snapshots.”
The intimate workshop will be limited to around 12 to 15 people and will start with four hours of lecture in his living room, with three hours of field learning and critique afterward. From 2–6 p.m., the class will walk the private roads of Acorn Creek, a 600-acre development that only has three full-time residents, he said.
“It’s very private with mostly second-home owners, so it’s pretty rare to even see someone on the road,” he said. “I’m in an aspen, spruce and douglas fur forest, so the autumn color photo opportunities will be as good as they get anywhere in the state.”
Dinner and drinks will then be provided, and, afterward, the group heads outside again to get sunset shots.
Domus Pacis, latin for “house of peace,” offers a chance for cancer patients and their families to escape to the mountains to relax and enjoy time together. A Breckenridge-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, its mission is to provide families going through their cancer journey with a week of respite in the High Country, said Vince White-Petteruti, treasurer and founder of Domus Pacis, in an email. The nonprofit provides housing with 95 donated properties, home-cooked meals and activities free of charge. Families range in size from two to 20, and the organization provides for all ages and stages of cancer.
In 2014, Domus Pacis hosted more than 90 families, White-Petteruti said, and more than 430 families since it began in 2008.
Fielder moved here eight years ago and said part of his lifestyle is to help charities — whether it be environmental or humanitarian nonprofits — with his prints, workshops or just his time. He is also no stranger to respite care. His late wife passed 10 years ago to early onset Alzeheimer’s disease, which is another reason why he has been involved with the organization for a number of years.
“I know what it’s like for families taking care of people who are ill, mentally or physically, or both,” he said. “So this was natural for me to be involved with Vince and Domus Pacis.”
The workshop is open to photographers of any skill level and with any type of camera. Fielder said it’s an opportunity for people to see where he lives and photograph side by side with him at a beautiful location.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, he will also be showcasing his photographs at the John Denver Tribute Concert at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, which also benefits Domus Pacis. The John Adams Band will be playing their tribute concert to a slideshow of Fielder’s landscape photography. More than 1,000 photographs will be choreographed to songs such as “Rocky Mounain High,” Annie’s Song” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Ticket prices are $45 for general admission and $55 for VIP and can be purchased on Vilar’s website, vvf.org/arts/vilar-performing-arts-center.
Find out more about Fielder’s work on his website at johnfielder.com, or more about Domus Pacis at domuspacis.org.
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