Mar 2-31, 2019
Frisco is celebrating the “2019 Month of Photography Colorado” (MoP) with an exhibition titled “Playing with Perceptions”. MoP Colorado is a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout the region. Artists, Todd Powell and Kia Neill, will be displaying their art at the 1st and Main Building at 108 Main Street in Frisco.
- The exhibition will be up throughout the month of March.
- Opening reception on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4:30-7:30pm
- Artist talk on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm
- Gallery hours for this temporary display are Saturdays from 11:00am – 6:00pm; Sundays from 11:00am – 3:00pm; and Tuesdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
- There is also a possibility of “pop up” artist demonstrations, which will happen spontaneously throughout March.
Join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, March 6 from 4:30pm-7:30pm at the 1st and Main Building at 108 Main Street in Frisco. The evening will feature interesting art and refreshments.
1st and Main Building
The 1st and Main Building was purchased by the Town of Frisco in 2016. The west side of the building currently houses an engraving and sign business, while the east side has been used for community and town meetings. The MoP exhibition is a way to pilot potential other uses of this space, while the Town of Frisco and the community determine a final plan for the building and land.
About the Exhibition
Playing with perceptions, this exhibition of abstract landscape images from two Summit County, Colorado photo based artists is fueled by their passion for their surrounding mountain environment.
Summit County based photo artists, Todd Powell and Kia Neill, will activate the 1st and Main Space with work that is fueled by their surrounding landscape. They both take very different approaches to share the detail, vibrancy and their admiration of the Rocky Mountains.
Neill uses abstract photography and mixed media collage to capture something more about a landscape than the way it literally appears; to portray an experience that is not seen, but only felt. Neill’s work is heavily influenced by her own sense of spirituality in relation to nature, as she reflects upon the “conversations” she has with the mountain while exploring new terrain, challenging athletic endurance, facing fears and limitations, and decompressing mental setbacks. With her work, Neill’s aim is to hint at an ephemeral experience, to suggest multiple points of time, or perhaps imply landscape as a whimsical “beast” constantly in motion.
Powell hopes for his photos to inspire admiration and respect of the natural world. In this collection of abstract images, his goal is to draw in the viewer, welcoming a longer gaze and questioning our visual perceptions.
Native to Chicago IL, Kia Neill is a multidiscipline artist working in photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and installation. She received her MFA from The University of California San Diego and has taught college level art for 12+ years, in addition to a variety of art programs for ages ranging 3-70yrs old for about seven years. She held a position as full-time faculty at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell School of Art for six years, before relocating to Colorado and becoming Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History. Neill teaches at The Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, BreckCreate in Breckenridge, and teaches snowboarding and skiing at Keystone Resort.
She lived in a number of major cities before finding home in Summit County in 2017, after years of involvement in Breckenridge Creative Arts as a guest artist and core Instructor. Her deep attraction to the mountains heavily influences her work, including commissions for Southwest Airlines at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, The Children’s Museum of Denver Mariposa Campus and the Aspen Police Department. Neill has been a guest artist at The Wilderness Workshop in Aspen CO, and recently, for the Town of Silverthorne, as part of her public engagement project #silverthorneARThunt, where Neill completed an artwork collaged from images the community shared that were wheat pasted around town.
Todd Powell’s passion for photography began as he watched his first print develop in the orange glow of the darkroom in 6th grade. It continued to grow through high school, as he earned a degree in professional photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Photographing a multitude of places, scenes and people as his career evolved, his life has been centered around image making. He moved to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in 1986 to follow his dream of photographing adventure sports and travel. His magazine and advertising work have been published widely around the world.
In 2001, he began to exhibit personal images from his lifetime collection of images. Today, his fine art prints are found in hotels, healthcare facilities, offices and private homes around the country.