Photographer Jim Van Hoy will have his first solo exhibit.
“Upon my semi-retirement, I decided to devote time to becoming a better photographer. A neighbor was a professional photographer and led me down that path! I joined a camera club in Detroit and started learning from fellow photographers who had been working at their craft for years.”
“Entering photos in local competitions, I learned how to take and process better pictures, getting critical feedback from fellow photographers. At one point, one of my photos won an Honorable Mention in a show that was judged by the supervisor of photographers at The Detroit Free Press newspaper.”
“After moving to Colorado Springs, I joined several clubs and started to enjoy the wonderful scenery. Hanging out with good photographers helped me learn how to get better. That and a lot of practice, practice, practice. Fortunately, I enjoy getting up early for the sunrise shots and the travel to capture those photographs.”
“I have won several awards in local competitions including a Sneffels sunrise photo that won Best of Show at the Pueblo Art Guild & Southern Colorado Photography Society Show and a monochrome photo of Ghost Ranch that won a second Best of Show from the Southern Colorado Photography Society.”
“Previously I had a First Place Color and an Honorable Mention Award in this show. The Best of Show Award was given without regard to whether the photographer was an amateur or professional. Also, I have won 2nd Place in the Colorado Springs Art Guild Annual Show two years running, both times with a black and white photo.”
“Another photo won 1st place from the CS Art Guild in 2016. In the Colorado Photography Learning Group’s 2015 show, I won Best of Show for a monochrome picture from our trip to Patagonia. I have exhibited my work in the Colorado Springs Airport on two occasions, the Pikes Peak Libraries, Gold Hills Mesa and four local galleries (and am represented by G44 Gallery).”
Opening reception: Friday, May 19 from 5:30-8 p.m.
On June 14 at 5 p.m. we will have Art & Wine. We’ll start off the evening with an artist talk by Jim Van Hoy at the Cheyenne Mountain Library, head to G44 Gallery to view his work and end up at Sovereignty Wines for a wine tasting. Event is free but you must RSVP by calling the library at (719) 633-6278