The Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite wizard and polymath, George Stranahan, shares a series of black-and-white photographs this week at Colorado Mountain College’s ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs.
You know Stranahan as founder of the Flying Dog Brewery, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, the Aspen Center for Physics and the Woody Creek Tavern, as a philanthropist and education activist, and as the Colorado Book Award-winning author/photographer behind the book “Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament”
The ArtShare show presents a series of black-and-white, classical-style portraits, along with landscapes and geometric imagery. They offer Stranahan’s creative twist on portraiture, in photographs like “Alligator Boy,” a shot of a kid in sneakers and blue jeans, wearing an alligator head and sombrero. “Aspen Alley” depicts a local alley wall of red brick, pipes and concrete, half in shadow, and littered with trash.
Along with seemingly everything else on earth, Stranahan has had a lifelong passion for photography. His photos have been shown in galleries in Boston, New York and across Colorado. His black-and-white compositions can extract personalities from seemingly simple portraits, or offer an absurd twist on standard still-lifes.
Earlier this year, his book “A Predicament of Innocents: Might the Schools Help?” used decades of his photos of schoolchildren to strengthen Stranahan’s impassioned argument for American education reform.
“They’re looking right at you,” he told the Aspen Daily News of his photo subjects in that book. “They’re saying, ‘This is me. This is who you’re doing this to. How could you?’”
ArtShare hosts an opening reception for Stranahan on Friday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s free and open to the public. Stranahan will give a brief talk on his photography. The show will be on display in the Grand Ave. gallery through Sept. 25. More info at www.cmcartshare.com