New York Portrait Photographer Featured in Art Show Now Open at the Estes Valley Community Center

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is excited to announce the opening of the third art show at the Estes Valley Community Center, Portraits of Ability: Stories of Independence and Inspiration. The show is free and open to the public daily through January 3, 2019.

A free opening reception will be held on Friday, October 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lower lobby of the Estes Valley Community Center located at 660 Community Drive, Estes Park. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served, and the event is open to the public.

The new show, which officially opened October 1, features a photojournalism exhibit from Via Mobility Services of Boulder, Colo. in partnership with VSA Colorado. The 15 photos capture the emotional stories of people served by Via, a nonprofit organization providing transportation services and resources for individuals living with mobility limitations. Each photo-portrait communicates the spirit and rich sense of who each person is — beyond their mobility challenges — as seen through the eyes of New York portrait artist, Sophie Klafter (www.sophieklafter.com).

The show employs the power of visual storytelling to transform personal narrative into public meaning and demands the audience to ask what are we doing to support these lives?  The photos capture the passions, sadness, hardships, and joy of every single one of the 15 people in the portrait stories.
“These portraits and the accompanying narratives provide a sometimes poignant, often inspirational glimpse into the lives of the individuals that Via serves. We are excited to share these stories with the Estes Valley Community,” said Lyndsy Morse, Communications Manager.

The gallery was established in the lower level of the community center, a section of the building open to the public, to encourage visitors to relax in a welcoming environment and provide a space to share the wealth of beauty and talent in Colorado.
For more information about the community center or the art exhibit, contact Dawn Wilson, Marketing and Communications Manager for EVRPD, at 970-586-8191 or visit evrpd.com.

About Estes Valley Recreation and Park District: Estes Valley Recreation and Park District is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado. Established in 1955, the organization’s goals are to plan, direct, organize and implement recreational programs, manage facilities and provide public park and recreation opportunities for residents and visitors of the District, an area that encompasses 320 square miles.

About VSA Colorado: VSA Colorado/Access Gallery (VSA) co-sponsored and curated this powerful exhibit. VSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating economic and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through art. Access Gallery, located in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver, Colo., is a nonprofit gallery focusing on promoting the creative power in people with disabilities.

About Via Mobility Services: Via is a full-spectrum mobility manager offering paratransit, travel training and mobility option information and referral services. Via also provides wide range of community and group educational resources related to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities and others living with mobility limitations. For more information about all of Via’s programs, please call 303-447-2848 ext. 1014 or email Via.