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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Summit County Art Forum Unveils ‘Wild Winter’

Photos of avalanche dogs and a rescue helicopter.

A new exhibit in the Summit County Commons celebrates Summit County’s rescuers and winter landscapes, with an opening Jan. 29


Leslie Walker, Art Forum Program Assistant


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Art Forum is unveiling a new exhibit at the Summit County Commons that showcases the work of nine local artists. “Wild Winter: Rescue and Reward” kicks off with a free opening at 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, in the Art Forum display space, located on the building’s upper level, adjacent to the Summit County Library.

“The winter season in Summit County presents both risks and great rewards,” Art Forum Program Assistant Leslie Walker said. “We set out to explore that duality in this winter’s Art Forum exhibit with pieces that honor our search-and-rescue community as well as the striking landscapes in which we seek adventure.”

The exhibit features photography of rescue operations, as well as oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings displayed alongside vintage rescue equipment and memorabilia.

Wild Winter will be available for public viewing in the County Commons through late May. Sunday’s exhibit opening is free to the public, and the artists will be present to discuss their work. The event will feature a presentation by Summit County Rescue Group, including tours of a rescue vehicle. Light refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome.

“We’re really excited about this exhibit, as it captures and conveys some of the unique aesthetic and cultural aspects of life in a high-alpine community,” Walker said.

Among the featured artists is Summit County resident Sierra Anderson, who has her roots in “a pretty risky upbringing around commercial fishing in Alaska.” Her love for the outdoors now takes shape in skiing and spending time in the backcountry, and she uses photography to tell the stories of her adventures, which she describes as “emboldening.”

“When you make it to the top of a peak, it really translates into other areas of your life,” Anderson said. “I always feel so small, yet so powerful.”

Other artists featured in Wild Winter include Scott Brockmeier, Cecelia Eidemiller, Joseph Large, Christian Tai Leach, Bill Linfield, Matt Lit, Linda Marr and Bruce Spinney.

  • Breckenridge-based Scott Brockmeier, an avid skier, has used photography to raise awareness of and generate support for avalanche rescue-dog programs. His work has been featured in national magazines and digital advertising. “We live in the most beautiful place, but this is not Disneyland. It definitely has some dangers to it, and you have to be aware of those and be educated. Otherwise, you are putting other people at risk,” Brockmeier said.
  • Joseph Large is a Breckenridge-based touring photographer, filmmaker and one of the first FAA commercially licensed drone pilots in the nation. He recently signed on as chief photographer for The Clymb’s Peru adventure trip, where he will help document Peru’s culture, adventure, geography, natural landscapes and history through The Clymb’s social media feeds.
  • Bill Linfield started with photographic film 40 years ago. He is a regular contributor to 9News and the Summit Daily News and often displays his work on canvas.
  • Colorado native and Breckenridge resident Christian Tai Leach is a self-taught painter. He upcycles snowboards, skateboards and other materials for his canvases. Wild Winter features his acrylic painting “Send Me an Angel.” “I love the show, because it’s very positive and shows all the heroes involved in ski patrol and rescue and raises awareness that skiing, snowboarding and being out in the mountains can be dangerous.”
  • Linda Marr’s love of watercolor and the beauty of the west have led to many photo opportunities, which she then uses as resources for creating paintings. “There is a never-ending supply of beauty in the natural environment of this state, from mountain landscapes to moose who come visit in my neighborhood.”
  • A retired teacher and school administrator, Bruce Spinney has become an avid angler and water color artist in retirement. His work is inspired by the natural world. “I find myself seeing the world differently now, in terms of shape, color and contrast.”
  • Charcoal, pastel and oil artist Cecelia Eidemiller is known as the “fastest draw in the West” for her popular 5-minute portraits. The Breckenridge resident is also an avid landscape artist and will show oil paintings with scenes of Breckenridge ski slopes and winter landscapes.
  • Matt Lit is a photographer and teacher. As a photojournalist, he has shot from a chopper, airplanes, boats and rock walls. Dog photography has become his specialty. Lit said he’s “very committed to people who work with dogs, including dog rescues and dog shelters, but especially those in rescue situations – that type of working dog.”
  • Christina Davis expresses herself with vivid colors and loves twisting and changing the reality of a scene.

For more information about the Summit County Art Forum, visit


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