The Visual Arts Centre’s latest show, Mountains, opened in conjunction with two other exhibitions — the North Columbia Environmental Society’s Photo Contest finalists and the Best of Banff’s touring Mountain Photography Show — Friday with a packed house. And what a study in contrasts they were.
The two local exhibitions were bright, innovative and exciting while the Banff Centre’s touring exhibition seemed somewhat tired. There were few images in that exhibition that seemed fresh, new and exciting, unlike the NCES’s photo contest finalists’s exhibition.
The NCES exhibition showed the works of all the finalists. And win or lose they are all quite impressive, especially when you consider that some of them were taken by children under 12. Local photographer Jason Keerak, who judged the contest along with Jim Maitre and Rob Buchanan (himself no slouch with a camera) said in the preamble to his announcement of the winners that “there was plenty of discussion but, fortunately, no fisticuffs” as the judges determined the winners. And you can see why the judges really took their time and made thoughtful selections.
Images of the official winners are below, but the judging isn’t over! You can vote for the People’s Choice when you go to The Centre to see the NCES photo contest show.
And the Visual Arts’s Centre’s Mountains show offered patrons a lively and deft mix of photography, painting, ceramic and fabric art. More than 210 people attended the opening.
Here are a few scenes and images, including all of the NCES contest winners, from the opening: