April Artist of the Month – JOHN WEST
Regional Photographer, John West, lives along the Colorado River Corridor. As an adult, John lived in Southeastern Utah for over a decade before moving to Virginia, then West Virginia, on his “roundabout journey” to Grand Canyon National Park where he lived and worked full-time for 4 years (2004-2008 & seasonally since then). His “home base” is currently in Lake Havasu City, AZ which is along the Colorado River.
John spends many days per month carrying his camera gear while hiking or kayaking along smooth water sections of the Colorado River and area lakes in search for vistas, birds & wildlife to capture with his camera to subsequently share with others. John looks at the 3 river raft trips through the Grand Canyon as highlights in his endeavor to stay connected with nature. Additionally, at the Grand Canyon, John has been a guide, taking guests through the Kaibab National Forest viewing wildlife and visiting little-known Pictograph and Petroglyph panels; and, along the Rim of the Grand Canyon taking guests to prominent vistas for photo opportunities.
Recent publications include two birding brochures by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge’s “Birds” brochure; and Havasu National Wildlife Refuge’s “Birds” brochure. The 2013 calendar published by Arizona Game & Fish features John’s photo of “California Condors at the Grand Canyon” for its November 2013 calendar page. Prescott Audubon Society’s website has a trail publication which is comprised of bird photos donated by John. Five of John’s wildlife photos are on permanent display by the National Park Service at the recently dedicated “Colorado River Heritage and Greenway Trails Park” at Laughlin, NV.
Join us Thursday April 4th for an artists reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Powell Museum. The event is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Museum will also host a Page-Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce Mixer after the reception. Be sure to stick around!