Adobe Spark Presentation

On July 20, 2021, please join this free presentation organized by the Vail Valley Art Guild at CMC Edwards on utilizing Adobe Spark Apps – namely Post, Page, and Video. This will be featuring the use of the application for Artists and Photographers but not limited to these participants.

All marketers using social media to put out their products and services will also benefit from these apps. Please join us for free and learn about the Vail Valley Art Guild at the same time. You can also join the Guild on-site or online if you are so inclined.

July 19 @ 5:00 to 7:00 pm – CMC Edwards, 150 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO 81632. See link below.

July Member Meeting- Presentation by Raj Manickam

Hate is Virus


Frozen – Ice Caves at Rifle, Colorado

Ice Caves at Rifle, Colorado

I’m not into spelunking, nor am I an ice-climber. Somehow I find myself doing a tiny bit of both some 30 minutes away in the outskirts of the town of Rifle, Colorado. (ok, maybe that’s embellishing on the spelunking and ice-climbing part)
Along the way to the ice-caves is Rifle Falls State Park with a starting elevation of 6500 feet. The peak is about another 100 above where the spectacular triple falls descend.
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Colorado National Monument

The Heart of the World

Colorado National Park is in the vicinity of Fruita. The City of Fruita is a home rule municipality located in western Mesa County in Colorado. The last time I was at Colorado National Monument was about a year ago. I came over for work. It just happened to be an on-location dry-ice (cryo) blasting job our crew worked at in the visitors centre’s lobby. I have hoped to be back, especially in winter to capture the dramatic scenes of the terrain during an inversion day.

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Art In Time of Corona

Art In Time of Corona

As the title goes every artist and photographer lands on yet another challenge. This time a Pandemic. Henri Matisse once said, “Creativity takes courage.” Andy Warhol puts out a notion that time changes things and but he adds one has actually to change in time themselves. So we all adapt and improvise in the Pandemic. One of my projects in the Corona Series was documenting the early stages of Coronavirus-caused lockdown. As an essential worker, with a shared understanding of my role and my town’s approval, I recorded several stillness and scenes of quietude.

It was the day after the lockdown was announced in my town. People were not restricted in totality, and enforcement was not absolute, yet uncertainty and fear reign. Streets were empty, shops and restaurants closed with hastily made up hand-written signs. “Open” light signs remained lit unintended. The town’s three roundabouts have long intervals before any cars made their turns. The morning work hustle and bustle vanished. Birds that have always occupied the three separate cables above the bridge were perched as they always do in the mornings. They may have wondered, “What happened, is this Sunday, are we out too early?” Little did we know then, that we all were about to confront change and adapt to time. ‘Art In Time Of Corona‘ in some similarity to Matisse’s word takes creativity and courage.

Honoring In Silence

This photo was taken in an empty parking lot between two large big boxes storefront. The start of the lockdown could not have been gloomier. Snowfall trickle in almost slow-motion, slowly blanketing the asphalt and almost coating the parking lot striping. A single-car, missing all the most convenient spots near the store, makes its way back to the far end of the lot. Evidence of the car’s new winter tire threads curves on snow heading far behind and making a stop right under the ‘stars and stripes.’ The Star-Spangled Banner waving in the wind must have given solace enticing the lone driver. There, under the Red, White, and Blue, someone was Honoring In Silence. This image was selected for Art In Time Of Corona – Volume 1 by Dab Art – Los Angeles.


About the Dab Art Project: The goal of this innovative project is to record and exhibit (in real-time) defining artwork created during civil uncertainty. The hope is to unite viewers and help them find the sanctity, comfort, and inspiration needed to heal a world in turmoil.

Other works of Dab Art ( Los Angeles, Venture, and Mexico City) can be found here

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