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Cottonwood art show highlights photography talent

Mar 27, 2017 11:10AM ● By Kelly Cannon

Over 100 entries were submitted to the photography art show. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]
After overwhelming demand, the Cottonwood Heights Art Council hosted an art show specifically for photography. The pieces in the show were on display throughout the month of March at the new Cottonwood Heights City Hall. The winners of the show will continue to be displayed through April.
Photography entries used to be a part of the arts council show in October. However, because of the high number of entries, the council decided to split the shows and have one just for photography.
“There was a lot of interest in photography. This year, we’ve had more entries than we’ve ever had before. We had (106) entries this year,” said Kim Pedersen, the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council production manager. “We just didn’t have a place to hold both, to combine them and have a place where we could display everybody’s art. We decided to split them.”
The main difference between the two shows, besides the medium, is the photography show is a judged contest with ribbons while the art show is just a display of art.
“Not only did it give us a chance to kind of separately show the photographers’ work, but it also gave us a chance to do stuff with ribbons and prizes,” Pedersen said.
The contest was judged by a local professional photographer who wished to remain anonymous. Pedersen said the judge has been a photographer for 20 years.
Ribbons were awarded to the first, second and third place of each category. Categories included nature, portrait, architecture, sports, abstract, macro and humorous. Additional categories were best photo of Cottonwood Heights, best photo by a resident of Cottonwood Heights, best professional photo, best amateur photo, best child photographer for kids under the age of 12 and best youth photographer for kids between 12 and 18 years old. There was also a mayor’s choice award given by Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore.
The winner of Best in Show was “The Red Aspen” by Kerry Jones and the winner of the Mayor’s Choice Award was Kevin Wellard with “Being Koi.” There were two choices for the People’s Choice Award. In first place was Tessa Halley with “Black and White Predator” and second place went to Jason Carlton for “Morning Flair.”
The following entries won Outstanding Photo in their category: Rick Kramer for “To Honor — To Remember” in Cottonwood resident, Deb Conover for “Southwest Door” in professional, Gary Cabana for “Anticipation” in amateur, Ava Yazdian for “Limited Speed” for child under 12, Tessa Halley for “Black and White Predator” in youth 12–18 and Brent Howcroft for “Tranquility at Storm’s End” for taken in Cottonwood Heights.
The following entries also won Outstanding Photo of a category: Rick Kramer for “A Scolding” in nature, Kerry Jones for “Endurance III” in landscape, G. Scott Hansen for “Prairie Grave” in portrait, Sammie Jensen for “Boston Skyline” in architecture, Logan Goldman for “Peddle Faster, I Hear Banjos” in sports, Jason Carlton for “Split Rock” in abstract, Steve Chambers for “Water Creatures” in humorous and Jeri Abel for “Tiger Lily Tears” in macro photography.
Pedersen said there are a lot of categories because they wanted to make sure there were enough so everyone had a chance to enter and have a category that would apply to them.
“We have quite a bit that are by residents of Cottonwood Heights, which is exciting for us because we like it when our own residents participate in our programs. As far as architecture and sports, there weren’t many,” Pedersen said. “There were a few in each category. There were some in nature and the professional photography category. But for the most part, every category had at least two or three that were in there.”
Pedersen said it’s important for the arts council to provide programs like the two art shows to help community members better appreciate art.
“I think as people walk through the city buildings, I think a lot of people have taken note that there are a lot of great photographers,” Pedersen said. “I think for something like a show and contest like this, people don’t necessarily think of photography as art. So it’s changing the attitudes.”