Grand County Heritage Coaltion kicks off ‘Then & Now’ photo exhibit |

Grand County Heritage Coaltion kicks off ‘Then & Now’ photo exhibit

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Free Opening Receptions will take place at 5 p.m.Thursday June 11, at Maverick’s Grille Granby and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Pioneer Village Museum, Hot Sulphur Springs. The public is welcome

Starting this week, The Heritage Coalition of Grand County presents a series of Then & Now photography exhibits throughout the county. Working together for over two years, members of the Heritage Coalition, Grand County Historical Association (GCHA), Grand Creatives and Alpenglow Photographers are creating mini-exhibits of over 60 photographs on display at seven venues.

What is Then & Now?

A Then & Now photograph or artwork pairs two images of the same spot, person, or landmark: “Then” are archival or historical photographs. A photographer or artist tries to find the exact spot the “Then” photo was taken decades prior, and captures a ‘Now’ photo of the same view.

“Then & Now” photography was famously popularized in Colorado by Denver photographer John Fielder.

People are fascinated with “Then & Now” photographs, as testament to the passage of time, and as commentary on the inevitability of change. Some “Then & Now” sets are remarkably similar. Other times, a “Then” photo of a significant historic building shows a “Now” vacant lot. The concept educates the public about the magic of history. “Then & Now” connects the past for the benefit of present and future generations.

Inspired and guided by Mark Afman and his Facebook page, “Then and Now, Denver and the West,” Grand County partners include the Alpenglow Photographers Club, Grand Creatives and Heritage Coalition members of GCHA, Trail River Ranch, Grand Lake Area Historical Society, the new Emily Warren Aviation Museum, and the Moffat Road Railroad Museum. Each is providing historic photographs for the project, as have area families and businesses including Drowsy Water Ranch and C Lazy U Ranch.

Several local artist/ photographers are participating: Mark Afman, Ken Ball, Charles Clayton, Suzie Cruse, Sally DiSciullo, Penny Hamilton, Patty Madison, Dan Nolan, Cathy Rapp, Ann Rosati, Sandy White and Jim Yust. Even now, these artists are traipsing from Berthoud Pass to Parshall, from Rocky Mountain National Park to Kremmling, shooting ‘Now” images to accompany “Then” photos found in the archives of Heritage Coalition members.

Tim Nicklas and Patty Madison of GCHA are assisting in archival photo selections, refining the old photos for quality reproduction, and professionally printing each artwork. Mark Afman, project adviser, “stitches” the two Then and Now views into one photograph for the exhibit. Each piece is presented in 16 x 20” frames. Reproductions will be available for sale at some venues.

A Progressive Exhibit

A “Then & Now” committee with the above photographers and curator Kristi Martens selected the best offerings for display. All areas of the Grand County will be featured in seven different exhibits focused on (east to west) Winter Park, Fraser Valley, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall and Kremmling. With different photos at each venue, viewers are encouraged to visit all seven mini-exhibits, set up in both private businesses and non-profit organizations.

The 60-plus original photographs will be displayed in groups of 10 to 12 photographs at each of the following venues, for the duration of the summer season:

Opening Schedule

June 11: Maverick’s Grille, Granby

June 13: Pioneer Village, Hot Sulphur Springs

June 18: Kremmling Chamber

June 25: Grand Lake Art Gallery

July 3: Winter Park Framewerx, Winter Park

July 3: Cozens Ranch Museum, Fraser

Aug. 21: Town Hall, Hot Sulphur Springs

Check the website, and follow us on Facebook (look for Grand County Historical Association) for updates. Outstanding “Then & Now” exhibit pieces will be featured not only on the website but also with published by sponsors, Sky-Hi News and the Grand Gazette.

The Heritage Coalition appreciates each venue and sponsor for hosting a part of “Then & Now Grand County.” During the summer, everyone is invited to each exhibit to progressively view the best of “Then & Now Grand County.”

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