Performances add to gallery walk

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Performances add to gallery walk

FLC musicians, actors to augment semi-annual downtown tradition

Performances add to gallery walk

Photos get twist at Open Shutter

The Open Shutter is a popular stop on Gallery Walk night, but “Toyed With,” now on display in the “Red Room” at the photo gallery, requires a bit more explanation.
The show is advertised as a low-fidelity/alternative process photography exhibition. For English-speaking patrons, the show best can be explained by what happens when science meets the art of photography.
“Each artist has his or her own reason for using their tool of choice – shooting with a toy, vintage or handmade camera or printing in alternative processes allows the artists to express themselves differently than using a regular high-tech camera. Some just like the effect,” said Heather Leavitt-Martinez, who is curating the show on behalf of the Open Shutter. Local photographer Kit Frost of Chase the Light Photography is the juror for the show.
Many of the local, national and international entries are the product of Holga cameras. The simple and inexpensive cameras are favorites for many craft photographers who choose the Holga for its less-than-perfect images. Others are the products of pinhole cameras or alternative processes like cyanotype, lith prints and ink transfers.
“Toyed With” features 17 photographers from 13 different states, and Leavitt-Martinez had to turn away more entries than she accepted including several international submissions, evidence of the worldwide popularity of alternative-process photography.
“We got more than we ever anticipated, which is great, but I hate having to say no, and I had to do that a lot,” Leavitt-Martinez said.
Awards for “Toyed With” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today during Colorfest Gallery Walk.

If you go

Colorfest Gallery Walk, 5 to 9 p.m. today at downtown galleries:
b Azul: Trunk show by local designers Bennie and Valerie Aldrich.
b Durango Arts Center: Open Doors, taster exhibit for Durango Open Studios.
b &: Works by resident artists McCarson Jones, Tirzah Camacho, Tim Katpustka and Sarah Steppelman.
b Earthen Vessel: Mixed-media jewelry by Thomas Kuhner and Linda Whitney.
b Karyn Gabaldon Fine Arts: “It’s Time,” clocks by Leonie Lacouette and Karyn Gabaldon.
b Toh-Atin: Native American Artists Joe and Althea Cajero.
b Sorrel Sky: Jeweler Doug Moore.
b Rain Dance: Melissa Lewis-Barnes (hats) and Elizabeth Kinahan (paintings).
b Open Shutter: “Toyed With,” reception and awards presentation.

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