Old Gallery awards Artist of the Month

Margie Patterson

Tom Andrews, a landscape photographer, is Artist of the Month at The Old Gallery in Allenspark for the month of December. The opening reception is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition, The Old Gallery Art Days will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.1 and 2, 14863 Highway 7 in Allenspark. It’s free and open to the public and will featuring artist demonstrations, talks, and hands-on activities for all ages, including hand-colored black and white photo cards and stained glass tile-making. Chair massage and reflexology will also be offered for $1 per minute. Refreshments will be served.
The work of Tom Andrews springs from lifelong interests in fine art photography and the ecology of natural environments. He has been photographing for more than 40 years and exhibiting and selling his photographs full time for the last 10 years.
The great majority of his photographs have been created in protected natural areas in the western United States, including National Parks, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Wilderness, Research Natural Areas and Open Space. With current rates of environmental degradation, the protection of natural areas takes on heightened importance. Andrews thinks of his work, in part, as homage to these wild lands.
For many years Andrews worked as both a photographer and a professional ecologist seeking to understand and protect public lands in the West. He worked for nine years as Research Natural Area ecologist for The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including at Estes Park’s former Blue Horse Gallery, and have been included in publications of the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department. In recent years he has devoted part of each summer to a long wilderness backpacking and photography trip, traveling in remote wilderness areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Wind River Range in Wyoming and the John Muir Trail in Sierra Nevada.
For Andrews photography is a form of meditation, a reflection of long days in the wild and a cultivation of “the silence of nature within,” looking for the spirit in the rock, the living tree, the whole within the fragment. Andrews prints and frames his own exquisitely detailed color photographs using archival inks on fine art papers and is devoted to making the finest prints that he can. Visit his website at www.wildlandart.com.
For more information about Old Gallery events visit the website at allensparkoldgallery.org or scampi162@gmail.com or call 303-747-2089.