Meet local artist Marko Ginsberg at event Friday |

Meet local artist Marko Ginsberg at event Friday

Andrea Cox
Special to Sky-Hi News
Photo by local artist Marko Ginsberg.

Marko Ginsberg never saw a mountain until he was in his late 20s. But when he did, it was love at first sight.

For Ginsberg, living in Grand County and having a digital camera and a computer is a dream come true. He bought his first camera at 14 and has experience with film and black and white darkroom processing all the way up to modern digital cameras and image processing software. He has virtually lived through the evolution of photography. Today with a digital camera and some real neat image processing software, he produces unique images of the Grand County area.

Ginsberg has been hiking, backpacking, and camping for more than 40 years. Since moving to Grand Lake 16 years ago, Marko has been hiking, cross-country skiing, and wandering around the county capturing natural images. “I consider myself an artist and my three principal tools are my imagination, a camera and a computer. Some of my best images are composed of pieces of images taken miles apart in distance and years apart in time, that combine to tell a real story,” he said. He has also produced a slide show, “Grand Lake – A Special Place,” and a screensaver featuring Grand County images. His images have also appeared in the Grand Lake calendar for the past seven years and have been used as “closing gifts” by his Realtor wife, Annie.

Ginsberg and his wife, Annie, live in the Grand Lake area with their two dogs: Ditto, and Little Bear. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in southern California, and likes to say: “Grand Lake is a long way from Brooklyn.” And it is.

So how does a kid from Brooklyn end up in Grand Lake? Ginsberg tells it this way: Annie and I backpacked the whole John Muir Trail one summer. And after walking single file through the mountains for six weeks we returned to the Los Angeles Area. It was total culture shock! From there it was a long and strange journey that included stops in Pittsburgh, Pa., Tucson, Ariz., Pinetop, Ariz., and finally Grand Lake. We were actually on a house hunting trip to Colorado and found ourselves with an extra day on our hands. I remembered a town that I had visited and really liked 35 years earlier. I could not remember its name but, I knew how to drive there. We drove into town and it was all over.

Although Ginsberg does not usually sell his work, He does have a web site,, and does post his images on Facebook (MarkoGee), and Pixoto (Marko Ginsberg).

The Grand Arts Council is hosting a Meet the Artist event at the Stillwater Grill in Grand Lake from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18. Ginsberg is displaying and selling some of the unbelievable images he has captured from all around Grand County. Mingle with the artist, have an appetizer and soak in the art.

For further information please contact Andrea Cox at 970-531-0804 or

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