Arts festival photo exhibition celebrates 25 Years in the Valley

A grand opening featuring a gallery exhibition of 25 Years in the Valley is scheduled as part of this year’s Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival Sept. 16.

The gallery will include the 2017 winners and highlights from the first 25 years of the city’s Views of the Valley photo competition. The selection process was completed July 24 and approved by the city council Aug. 2.

(Submitted photo) Brian Wright’s “Friend in the Garden” was a 2008 entrant in Golden Valley’s annual photo contest.
(Submitted photo)
Brian Wright’s “Friend in the Garden” was a 2008 entrant in Golden Valley’s annual photo contest.

“It will be front and center in a giant white tent at the opening, near the kids’ space,” said John Kluchka, a member of the Golden Valley Foundation.

“This is the first public photography show of its kind, and something Golden Valley hasn’t seen before,” according to the Golden Valley Arts website. The collection will be available for display at other locations after opening.

(Submitted photo) Andrew Fitzsimmons’ “From the Rooftops” was a 2014 entrant in Golden Valley’s photo contest.
(Submitted photo)
Andrew Fitzsimmons’ “From the Rooftops” was a 2014 entrant in Golden Valley’s photo contest.

“This is one of the many programs we’re supporting this year,” said Kluchka, who said his background in architecture has led to all kinds of arts activities throughout his career.

Under the umbrella of the Golden Valley Community Foundation, the city’s newly formed Golden Valley Arts League is arranging for art work for the city’s new downtown Golden Valley street banners, lining a few streets near the City Hall campus. The banners are slated to be put up in October.

According to Kluchka, the league was formed after teams of leaders helped organize and connect the arts organizations within the city. Eventually, he said, the organization would like to have its own space.

“After reviewing submitted art and winning photos from the city’s View of the Valley photo contest, the GVA’s Public Art Panel chose six pieces to be printed on the new street banners,” the website said. The 26-foot by 96-foot banners “mark the entryways to downtown Golden Valley and serve to enhance community identity and pride,” according to the website.

At the opening of the new Brookview Community Center in December, the GVA also will sponsor the first stop of Families of Planet Earth, an indoor/outdoor kaleidoscope of families from around the world. The exhibit has been installed in art galleries, museums and parks around the world.

The project was launched by David Berry, a Golden Valley resident.