Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Photography show to benefit Potters

Gilman Contemporary will host bittersweet event

Express Staff Writer

Winter Aspens, Adams Gulch? by Paul Potters Photo by

One thing the Wood River Valley has always been known for is its community spirit and generosity as it concerns friends in need.

Former Ketchum City Councilwoman and long-time resident Christina Potters died two weeks ago from early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She was only 55. Her husband, Paul Potters, is now faced with a mountain of medical bills incurred during Chris' eight-year illness.

To help the family, there will be a special gallery show of Paul Potters' stunning photographs at the Gilman Contemporary Gallery, 661 Sun Valley Rd. in Ketchum, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.

"Paul is donating all his photographs," said gallery owner L'anne Gilman. "All the proceeds will go to the Christina Potters benefit fund. He used to show at Tapestry Gallery & Wine bar so we're thrilled to have an opportunity to show the work. These are amazing photos and he is one of the finest printers I've seen."

Potters' photographs are in the tradition of 20th-century landscape photographers Ansel Adams, Brett Watson and Minor White.

"My subject is the landscape, not just the broad vistas, but also the close-up; the landscape within the landscape," he wrote in his artist statement. "Through the use of the camera and with traditional photographic technique, I translate these forms into images of silver and create another tangible artifact and thus participate in the continuum of creation. My wanderings in the North American West are missions of discovery. I find concrete evidence of various theories. With the cameras, I am then able to translate that evidence into art."

Potters has one real purpose for doing the show. "It's really a tribute to Christina," he said.

The photographs will be selling for donations at below cost.

There will also be live music, hors d' oeuvres, wine and beer served at the event.

"This will be light hearted and a tribute to Chris, his muse," Gilman said. "It's a great opportunity for all of us to come together for Paul and his family."

For more information, call Gilman Contemporary at 726-7585.

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