“Michigan Gold” by Walter Barkley took Third Place. (Courtesy photo)
The Crooked Tree Arts Center is celebrating the centennial anniversary of The National Park Service with a special juried photography exhibition, "Our National Parks," which opened on Saturday, June 3. The best outdoor, nature, and landscape photographs are on display in CTAC's Art Tree Gallery to celebrate the grandeur of our National Parks. Award-winning, Michigan-based photographer Michael Robinson, and photographer Howard Bond, who studied with Ansel Adams, judged the entries and jointly selected the winning pieces.
During the opening reception the following prizes were announced:
First Place was awarded to Jan Bell for "Three Sea Stacks;" Second Place was awarded to James Whiteside for "Toward Death Valley;" and Third Place was awarded to Walter Barkley for "Michigan Gold." Monetary awards for first, second, and third place were underwritten by CTAC's generous donors.
Honorable Mentions are as follows: Walter Barkley, "Bridalveil Fall;" Jan Bell, "Agave;" Kristina Lishawa, "Miner's Beach Sunset;" Keith Matz, "Isle Royale, Scofield Point Sunrise;" Michael Schlitt, "Reflections of Upper Yosemite Falls;" Tim Trombley, "Mesa Arch;" Hal Willens, "Tree on Rock 2, Zion National Park."
Photographers submitted photographs made at sites within the National Park System Designations, including: National Lakeshores, National Parks, National Preserves, National Reserves, National Recreation Areas, National Rivers, National Wild and Scenic Rivers and River ways, National Scenic Trails, National Seashores, National Trail System, National Wild and Scenic River System.
On Tuesday, June 27, exhibit juror and photographer Howard Bond will discuss his work and share stories about his experience with Ansel Adams, f64, and his work with the Sierra Club during a Coffee @ Ten lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
The "Our National Parks" exhibit will be on display until Saturday, September 9.
For additional information regarding the exhibition and other photography related programming, contact Crooked Tree Arts Center at 231-347-4337 or visit www.crookedtree.org. The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.