CPAC begins its long goodbye to Belmar with a Month of Photography multimedia show
Photograph by Ethan Jackson.
Tonight the Colorado Photographic Arts Center will be all lit up inside and out for the opening of Phos: Light Today, a splendid Month of Photography show that deals with the role of light in photography and multimedia art. But in the coming months, CPAC will be winding down in anticipation of a move from Belmar, which is expected to be completed by the end of June.
The real news here is that CPAC will be, in a way, going back home, back to the urban address -- 1513 Boulder Street -- where the organization and gallery space was previously housed before going underground in 2006 and re-emerging in partnership with Working With Artists at Belmar in 2011. CPAC director Rupert Jenkins sees it as a healthy move, bringing the gallery to a more accessible, lively and arts-friendly place, within walking distance of MCA Denver and downtown.
- PHOS: Light Today
- Rupert Jenkins assumes directorship at the New Colorado Photographic Arts Center
- Picture Perfect: The Colorado Photographic Arts Center and Working With Artists shoot for the moon
"Surveys with supporters confirmed our location was the major concern in terms of impacting our visitorship, identity and, most likely, our funding base as well," Jenkins notes. "Lakewood is perceived as being too far from Denver. People will come for a specific reception, event or workshop, but walk-in traffic and visibility is very low here."
As for the instructional Working With Artists half of the equation, Jenkins says workshops will begin at Boulder Street as early as April, but in the future, classes will also be spread around to the Art Students League of Denver (which itself just acquired a secondary space on Santa Fe Drive) and possibly other similar classroom locations.
In the meantime, enjoy what CPAC has to offer right now: Following is a photo preview of images you'll see at tonight's reception from 6 to 9 p.m.; Phos continues through April 20.
Ethan Jackson, "Mount Hope." Mindy Bray, "Precipice." Ethan Jackson, "Belvidere."
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