Schreckengost, Telluride artist, featured at 19th annual Wild West Fest

Schreckengost, Telluride artist, featured at 19th annual Wild West Fest

Attbd337 In its 19th year, the Sheridan Arts Foundation’s Wild West Fest is a week-long celebration of Western arts, culture and customs, which brings inner-city youth along with artists and musical performers from across the nation to Telluride.

 The featured artist for the 2010 Wild West Fest is Brett Schreckengost, who has been represented by the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art for ten years. Brett is a local photojournalist specializing in mountain sports and outdoor adventure photography (and a former colleague from the early, halycon days at the Daily Planet).

As a kid growing up in the farming country of Pennsylvania, Brett did not quite fit the Carhartts mold. The high school course that taught him how to compose, shoot, and develop black-and-white images was the only one that, well, really clicked for him. When Brett first came to town, a job at a the now defunct One-Hour Photo, afforded him intimate glimpses into Telluride's pluck and unrivaled beauty. Then he landed his dream job at the Planet.

The guy with Rebel-Without-a-Cause good looks has been aiming to please ever since. Today, Brett is based in Ophir, Colorado, a small alpine community above Telluride, but his artistic endeavors take him around the world.

Meet Brett Schreckengost at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art,Thursday, June 10, 5 – 7 p.m., to get a signed copy of the 2010 WWF poster, a well as the chance to place a bid on his original photograph for the poster.  All proceeds from poster sales and the original photograph will benefit the Wild West Fest.

On Saturday, June 12, 9 – 11 a.m., Brett leads a Wild West Fest Kids Art Workshop at Telluride's Ah Haa School for the Arts.

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