Work of renowned nature photographer John Fielder visits Gunnison Valley in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

 Exhibition at The Piper Gallery, August 11 – 26, 2014

Holy Cross Wilderness

(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) – Local non-profit High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) will host a special opportunity to experience the photography of John Fielder, up-close and personal in Crested Butte. The exhibit will feature 10 limited edition framed photographs of Colorado Wilderness, as well as maps and information on America’s Wilderness Designations, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Prints of the photographs, as well as a special edition Wilderness 50th poster, and new edition of Fielder’s acclaimed book Mountain Ranges of Colorado will be available for purchase.

The exhibit will appear at The Piper Gallery in Crested Butte, August 11th – 26th, and is part of a traveling show of Fielder’s work, making stops throughout Colorado in Summer 2014. Proceeds from the show will benefit HCCA’s local conservation efforts.

A show opening will take place on Tuesday, August 12th, from 5 – 7 pm at the Piper Gallery at 606 6th Street, and is open to the public.

John Fielder is Colorado’s best-known photographer and has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 33-year career. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him national recognition. He has photographed all of Colorado’s wilderness areas, and paid special attention to the Western Slope.

Fielder explains, “The show will honor our country’s highest form of land protection with a goal to affect future wilderness designations by Congress.”

Mountain Goat in Wilderness

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Black Canyon

About the Wilderness Act:

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of

wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. In Colorado, 3.6 million acres have been protected as wilderness since 1964, including such diverse lands as the Maroon Bells, Gunnison Gorge, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes, and much of Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado’s wilderness achievement includes 43 separate wilderness areas, each with a story, a story of citizens working together to permanently protect some of the most iconic places in our state. But chapters of the story remain to be written. Today, Coloradans are working to add deserving places like Hermosa Creek, and parts of the San Juan Mountains and Browns Canyon to the National Wilderness Preservation System. For more information on wilderness, and updates on Wilderness 50th events, visit www.wilderness50th.org.

About John Fielder:

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. John lives in Summit County, Colorado, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest book is Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream (2013). Information about John and his work can be found at www.johnfielder.com.