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Exploring the Light 2015
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Special Events Coordinator
10075 Commons Street
Lone Tree, CO  80124
Ph: 720-509-1010
Fax: 720-509-1011

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exploring the Light will run from April 28th, 2015 - May 31st, 2015 at the Lone Tree Arts Center and is presented by the Lone Tree Arts Commission and the Lone Tree Photo Club, and is supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Viewing hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday and two hours before productions at The Lone Tree Arts Center.

All images are available for purchase through the Lone Tree Arts Center Box Office.

Exploring the Light Opening Cocktail Reception
May 7th, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
At Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street
Music, appetizers and fun.

2015 Artists:
Categories include Landscape, Animals, Abstract, Portraits/People, and Macro.

2015 Photographer Bin Work Form

2015 Photographer Waiver and Release

February 23rd - Call for Entry Opens
March 27th - Application Deadline/Entry Closed
April 28th - Images Delivered (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
April 28th - May 31st - Photo Show Dates
Thursday, May 7th - Opening Reception (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
June 1st - Images picked up by artists and buyers (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Total Cash awards are estimated at $3,000. Best of Show and first place winners in each category will be awarded gallery space for approximately 2 weeks at the Lone Tree Arts Center following the photo show. Awards include, first, second and third place in every category, Best of Show and People’s Choice.

Exploring the Light - 2015 Photo Show Book for Purchase
With photographer’s permission, the Lone Tree Photo Club will compose a book with accepted entries representing Exploring the Light 2015. Accepted images will be printed with the photographer’s name and information about the image such as location, camera and the story behind the photo. Exploring the Light will be available for viewing and purchase online after the close of the show in June 2015.
If you are an accepted artist please fill out the Exploring the Light questionnaire by clicking here.

2015 Jurors:

Doug Bennett:
Dabbling with photography back in the ‘70s, Doug didn’t really begin to pursue photography until 2003 when he bought a disposable film camera to photograph his tulips. With a rekindling of his passion for photography, he began a pursuit to learn how to capture images of the landscape that is all around us. 

His love for landscape photography can be traced back to his childhood and family sightseeing vacations touring the western U.S. and Canada by car. These early experiences were further fueled by his father’s “Arizona Highways” magazines, which always left him in awe with its beautiful scenic images, particularly those of Josef Muench.

In his landscape photography, Doug learned that nature often makes her own expression and statement in ways that are unique to the scene and the moment. In many cases, this takes the form of unique lighting when nature is putting on her best show. From there, Doug works the image to put his own vision and expression into the scene with a goal of portraying his own emotional response to nature’s show.

Rick Avalos: Rick has been practicing his craft for 40 years. He has lectured and judged at the regional and national level as well as in Mexico and Spain. His images have been recognized by receiving many Kodak “Gallery Awards” and Fuji “Masterpiece Awards”. In addition, Rick’s photographs have been displayed at Disneyworld’s EPCOT Center, Photokina in Cologne, Germany and in Korea at Imaging Asia.

In 1986 Rick was certified by the PPA and received the Master of Photography degree in 1992. The Photographic Craftsman degree was awarded in 1994. He holds the Photographic, Educational, and Service Fellowship degrees from the Professional Photographers of Colorado. Rick’s service to the photographic industry has been acknowledged by his peers who have twice awarded him the coveted National Award, those being from the Professional Photographers of Colorado and the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico. Rick was honored to receive the Duncan MacNab Service Award from the Rocky Mountain Professional Photographers Association and in 2012 he was honored by the Professional Photographers of Colorado with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lone Tree Creative Photographic Art Workshop
Conducted by Rick Avalos, M.Photog, Cr, CPP and Doug Bennett, M.Photog

Lone Tree Civic Center: 8527 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124
May 16th, 2015
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$40 per person, ticketing fees apply


Today, more than ever before, a photographic image having a lasting and timeless quality must demonstrate both a mastery of photographic craft and technique, and mastery of vision and expression.

Join Rick Avalos and Doug Bennett at the Lone Tree Civic Offices on May 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm as they share from their extensive experience and knowledge essential techniques of craft and art. Not only will this program be informative and useful for accomplished photographers, but also beginners and those who simply wish to take better photographs during their travels and of people of character.

Offering a vast breadth of experience and photographic skill, Rick Avalos is one of today's premier portrait artists. Not only earning a Master of Photography Degree, Craftsman Degree, and being a Certified Professional Photographer, Rick is also an approved International Print Juror. His presentation ”Heart and Soul” will open your eyes to the beauty and challenges of life and how they are captured. 

Being one of PPA’s newest Master Photographers, Doug Bennett, in addition to focusing on some key craft and techniques of shooting the landscape, will principally focus on how to improve your images by examining techniques of vision and art that can help you become more expressive in your landscape imagery. Ansel Adams had it right when he said, “Photograph not only what you see, but also what you feel.” Great landscape photography is about making images that connect with your viewers by communicating your emotions and artistic vision. Doug’s program will provide you extensive insights to make your images communicate more. 

Questions? See Frequently Asked Questions below, then contact Special Events Coordinator, Lesley Colwell,  or 720-509-1010.

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