The sixth annual Fine Art Photography Exhibit of Gifted and Talented students will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sage Moon Originals Art Gallery, 116 E Fourth Street, Loveland. The exhibit’s artist reception is open to the general public
The exhibit features 39 images that are fine art black and white prints. The images were taken by 35 middle school students and four teachers representing the district’s five middle schools: Bill Reed, Conrad Ball, Lucile Erwin, Turner and Walt Clark.
Students used traditional black and white print film during their photo outings. Prints were made in the Bill Reed Middle School darkroom. Although 39 selected images are on display, students collectively printed and matted almost 400 images and photo postcards.
Image content comes from photo outings to such places as Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Glen Haven, Lyons, Loveland, Fort Collins, Timnath, Masonville, Boulder and the Big Thompson and Poudre canyons.
Each image is 9.5” x 13.5” and printed on fiber paper, matted and framed in “floating mount” style to 16” x 20” museum matte metal frame. The floating mount technique was taught to the students by artist-in-residence Bob Campagna. Campagna learned the style when he volunteered at Yosemite National Park and was able to study archives of world-famous photographer Ansel Adams.
Student work will be on display at the Sage Moon gallery for approximately two weeks through March 7. Images will be offered for sale. Student exhibits have taken place at the Sage Moon several times over the past two years.
Campagna has taught over 20 photography workshops in the Thompson School District since 2000 and almost 600 district students have studied photography with him.