The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center (150 Racecourse Road) has launched “Reflections of Ridgway,” an ongoing series of mini-art exhibitions designed to entice and intrigue the numerous visitors who come through our doors every day.
The first exhibit, featuring the Western photographs of local writer and historian Jim Pettengill, is now on display, and will continue through Aug. 21. A freelance writer and photographer for more than twenty-five years, Pettengill has sold more than 140 feature articles and 700 photographs to national magazines. He specializes in the history of the American West, history-related travel and vintage motorsports. His photograph of Ouray County’s Mountain Top Mine was selected as one of the Best 15 Photographs of the True West in the July 2010 issue of True West Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Wild West Magazine, a member of Western Writers of America and the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association.
“Jim’s work really captures the essence of Ridgway and Western Colorado,” RACC Business Development Director Caitlin Switzer said. “He has a love for history and an eye for beauty, and the ability to bring those qualities together in a simple, breathtaking image.”
The Pettengill display includes five photos, all 11 x 17 prints framed and matted to 16 x 20. The photos may be purchased for $130 apiece, with a portion of proceeds to benefit the Chamber.
Local artists interested in displaying their work in future “Reflections of Ridgway” displays are encouraged to call Switzer at 970/275-5791.