John Fielder presents: Middle Park and its Mountains
June 22, 2011
KREMMLING – Join nationally renowned nature photographer John Fielder at the West Grand High School Auditorium in Kremmling from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 24, to see a new slide show presentation created for the Grand County Historical Association. Enjoy 40 years of Fielder’s imagery of mountains, valleys, ranches, and 19th century then & now photographs of Summit and Grand counties. John will bring most of his books for purchase and signing, and feel free to bring previously purchased books. Fielder hikes and skis hundreds of miles – and drives thousands of miles across the state to record on film its most sublime natural places.Fielder first visited Colorado at the age of 14 during a school field trip from North Carolina.”In all my life, I have not forgotten my first sight of the Rockies rising up before me over the plains. I was simply smitten by this wall of snow-capped peaks above a treeless plain. And the word C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O, it was the most poetic name for a place I had ever heard. I realized at that moment that someone or something had guided me to this place, and that I belonged here for the rest of my life,” he said. Though he started his family and planted his Colorado roots as a department store executive, he ultimately turned his avocation into a career. He now lives in Summit County and is the photographer of more than 39 exhibit format and guidebooks, all but four about Colorado. He might be best known for creating one of Colorado’s best-selling books, Colorado: 1870-2000, which juxtaposes historic photographer William Henry Jackson’s images of the 19th-century landscape with those of today.Fielder has worked to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wild places. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him awards from many major conservation groups, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. He was an original governor-appointed member of the Board of Great Outdoors Colorado, which uses lottery profits to protect open space and wildlife habitat. He speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for land-use and environmental issues. Tickets are $15 per person, $10 for Grand County Historical Association members, and can be purchased in advance by phone or in person at Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs, or at the presentation. A $100 “package deal” includes: one room Friday night at the new Allington Inn in Kremmling; John Fielder’s presentation; and the Yust Ranch Trek on Saturday; plus a free admission pass to all three GCHA museums.For $150 per seat, John Fielder invites you to join him for a private dinner at the historic Quarter Circle Saloon and Restaurant in Kremmling on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. The four-course dinner will feature Grand County’s finest Colorado fare in an intimate setting with John Fielder.Proceeds from the presentation, dinner, and trek to benefit the Grand County Historical Association. For more information call (970) 725-3939. Grand County Historical Association was founded in 1974 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to bring together people interested in history and to preserve the history, historical artifacts, and historical buildings in Grand County, Colorado.