The Creston Valley branch of Wildsight is proud to present an evening of photography at the Tivoli Theatre from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Three professional photographers, Jim Lawrence, Brent Wellander and Jeff Banman will display their art on the big screen beside Wildsight members Ralph Moore and Bernd Stengl.
Lawrence lives in the Lardeau Valley. His photos of animals and birds, flowers and landscapes show a piece of the inner man — a man greatly respectful of wildlife and passionate for the wild places they live. Jim Lawrence’s work is well known throughout the Kootenays, having been shown at Creston’s Kingfisher Used Books, Nelson’s Circle Craft, Castlegar’s Kootenay Gallery, Kaslo’s Sunnyside Naturals, Salmo’s Dragonfly Café, Invermere’s Village Arts and Rossland’s Rouge Gallery. His images can be seen at www.kootenayreflections.com.
A Saskatchewan sunset. That’s what launched Banman into the world of photography. Part-time photographer and full-time teacher at Prince Charles Secondary School, Banman is a photographer of many things — the Creston Valley Thunder Cats, weddings, community events and landscapes. He runs his business from his home in Creston. A gallery of pictures can be viewed at www.jeffsphotosnmotion.com.
Wellander is a nature photographer who developed his love for photography thanks to a Grade 7 homework assignment on darkrooms. His interest was rekindled after spending a year on Haida Gwaii, where he took thousands of images of the unique local flora and fauna. Wellander embraces the brave new digital world as it gives him freedom to experiment with fractal art, combining the real and the surreal into single abstract images. In contrast, his photos of birds are perfect and pure and will be on display at the May 2013 Creston Valley Bird Fest as well as at his website, www.kootenaynaturephotos.com.
Moore and Stengl, longtime Wildsight members, hiked into some beautiful and awe-inspiring places this summer. A combination of Moore’s artful eye and Stengl’s computer skills have made this 100-mile diet of wild places accessible to all of us. Their pictures will inspire us to love, care for, and protect our wonderful natural world.
Admission to Local Colours at the Tivoli Theatre is $10 at the door.