Raj Manickam Exhibiting at Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

PhotoPensato_Raj ManickamA creative group of photographers, Photo Pensato, brings their unique lens back to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in 2024.

Photo Pensato will exhibit in the White Gallery from February 16 through April 27. The reception will be on Friday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., in conjunction with First Friday activities. There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to noon. The exhibit will showcase fine art photography with traditional and contemporary themes, including landscape, abstract, portrait, still life, and more.

Members come from decades of experience across the field of photography and are all now focused on fine art imagery. Their journey is embodied in “Pensato,” an Italian term for a musical note so exquisite that it can be neither played nor heard.

Director of Collections, Exhibits, and Archives, Bree Anne Pappan, said, “We are thrilled to have the Photo Pensato group back at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. It is exciting to know that the representation for 2024 will be from Santa Fe, Denver, north of Pueblo, and from Wyoming and that this growing group of artists has always strongly supported us.”

The group originated in Colorado but has expanded regionally and internationally. Photo Pensato members’ work has been widely shown in various exhibitions and can be found in both private and public collections. They are visual storytellers, master printers, historical image-makers, and creative collaborators with a strong passion for photography.

An artist featured in the exhibit, Ron Johnson, said, “I just want to thank the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center for inviting Photo Pensato back again. The citizens of Pueblo and southern Colorado are fortunate to have such a facility in their community. I am impressed with the quality and diversity of work they exhibit. Similarly, the photographers in Photo Pensato represent a diversity in subject matter, technique, and vision. And we are looking forward to the reception on March 1 and artist talk on March 2.”

Artists participating in the Photo Pensato exhibit are Thomas Carr, Ron Johnson, Linda Little, Raj Manickam, Susan Moldenhauer, Stephen Podrasky, Ward Russell, and John Shelton. For more information, go to photopensato.com.

Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center employs over 25 full-time employees. Their mission is to create artistic, cultural, and educational experiences for everyone.

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