Georgetown, Colorado is a former silver-mining camp nestled in the mountains about 45 minutes west of Denver. Although the town only has about 1,000 year-round residents, a steady stream of tourists visit Georgetown to get a sense of what life must have been like during the Colorado Silver Boom in 1850s. The well-preserved, historic town has proven to be the ideal location for the Grizzly Creek Gallery operated by nature and wildlife photographer Gary Haines and his wife. And in fact, the gallery is located in the town’s first framed commercial building, which dates back to 1867.
Most images displayed in the gallery are Gary’s, but the Grizzly Creek Gallery also represents other photographers who specialize in Colorado scenics. In addition to selling a wide selection of matted prints, notecards, and decorative furnishings to tourists, Grizzly Creek Gallery offers customized mounting and framing services and large-format digital printing. Gary also provides complimentary, on-site consultations to interior designers and art consultants who want help choosing which images would work best with existing home or office décor.
“We do a lot of corporate offices, because nature photography in the workplace tends to make the work environment more pleasing and improve the productivity of employees,” explains Gary. Gallery visitors can select from a dazzling portfolio of images that Gary has shot at various locations throughout Colorado and around the world over the past 25 years. Although images of mountain ranges and peaks are perennial favorites, some of the most popular images Haines sells for corporate décor depict the Aspen trees in the White River National Forest at various times of the years.
“Everything I photograph is on medium- or large-format cameras, either a 4 x 5 or Pentax 6 x 7,” says Gary. “My favorite camera is the Fuji GX617 Pro medium-format, panoramic landscape camera.”
He says gallery customers seem to like panoramic prints, mostly in the 20 x 60 in. size.
“Any print up to 44-in. wide, I print myself,” says Gary, noting that the new Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer he purchased from LexJet is “an awesome printer.” For most of his prints, he uses LexJet’s Sunset Photo eSatin paper. But he also prints on Sunset Matte Canvas as well. He recently tried his first roll of Sunset Photo Metallic paper, and says it worked particularly well with colors of the Aspens in spring and fall: “It gives a luminescent look and brings out colors on the trunks and leaves.”
Although he used to outsource his framing work, Grizzly Creek Gallery does their own framing so they can retain full control over quality and provide whatever look a customer might want.
Currently, many customers are opting for ready-to-hang gallery floats, in which prints are mounted on MDF, protected with a UV cast-vinyl laminating film, and finished with an attractive beveled edge. These gallery floats, which are available in several styles, are less expensive, easy to keep clean, and eliminate the risk of broken glass.
Gary’s knowledge of mounting materials came in handy when he produced three 30 x 90 in. panoramic photo prints that now hang on the outside walls of The Canyon Gallery that a good friend opened in Montrose, Colorado. The images were printed on LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene Film, laminated, and mounted on Dibond®, a lightweight, durable, rigid panel in which two strong sheets of aluminum are bonded to a thermoplastic core.
Like many photographers who specialize in nature and wildlife, photography hasn’t been Gary’s only career. Gary worked as a firefighter for 32 years while pursuing his passion for photography on the side. And if some of his photographs have a certain painting-like composition, it’s because Gary initially did oil and watercolor paintings and studied art and design in college.
Grizzly Creek Gallery has been open for 12 years, during which time fans of Gary’s work have spread the word about his remarkable photographs. Images by Gary A. Haines can now be found in other galleries, including The Canyon Gallery in Montrose and the new Denver Photo Arts Gallery.
To see Gary’s portfolio and learn more about Grizzly Creek Gallery, visit: www.grizzlycreekgallery.com
For more information on aqueous inkjet materials that can be used to print images for outdoor display, contact a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.