Gallery Talk At Mesa Public Library Thursday


Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Art Gallery will host a gallery talk 6-8 p.m., Thursday, featuring several of the photographers showing work in the “So Far From Heaven” exhibit, which hangs in the Gallery until Saturday.

David Halpern, Wendy Young, Kirk Gittings and Jan Pietrzak will talk about their work and answer questions about both their processes and their inspirations.

Halpern has created a series of photographs showing Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison, following years of on-site photography. He has been an artist-in residence at the Black Canyon and several other National Parks, including Bandelier where he helped to develop the artist-in-residence program. These Black Canyon photographs have also been collected into a new book.

Wendy Young is exhibiting a series about the “Most Patriotic Town in America” – Gallup. She explores the question “what makes the town the most patriotic” and finds the quirky, multi-cultural aspects of Gallup in her work.

Jan Pietrzak’s photographs show his interest in the interplay of light and shadow. He prints his photographs directly from film on to fine art paper, using a palladium/platinum process. They are each small enough to be held in the palm of one’s hand. Many of them are scenes of shadows on buildings.

Kirk Gittings has spent the majority of his life in New Mexico. He sees the landscape, not only through the lens of his camera, but through the lens of personal mythologies.

Additional photographers in the show are Tony O’Brien and Don Usner. All six photographers have a strong connection to the land. All have shown their work widely in galleries and institutions.

Mesa Public Library is at 2400 Central Ave. For more information about library events, call 505.662.8250 or visit the library’s website at and click on the events tab.