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A variety of art was showcased during the May 18 Art in the Park show, the first for the 2013 season. Jeff Eason photo

Originally published: 2013-05-23 09:36:37
Last modified: 2013-05-23 09:39:10

Summer's Art in the Parks begin

Artisans participating in Blowing Rock’s first Art in the Park of 2013 braved dense fog and drizzly weather May 18, but found a cheerful camaraderie by visiting each other’s booths.

Photographer Alex Pieterson took home the “Best in Show” award at the juried art show.

A native of Holland, Pieterson was first inspired by the Rotterdam Harbor and windmills of his homeland.

His early works zoomed into close-up abstracts of this environment, emphasizing line and texture rather than complete views.

In 1974, Pieterson moved to the United States where he continued to specialize in black-and-white photography. In 1978, after inventing and patenting a revolutionary photographic technique, Pieterson began focusing on commercial and advertising photography.

As his career developed, he was awarded numerous fine art and commercial awards and an invitation to participate in “The Colors of Invention” exposition at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Four of Pieterson’s photographs were used on the sets of “Robocop” and “Robocop 2.”

After a period of color experimentation, Pieterson returned to his passion for black-and-white photography, with an emphasis on outdoor scenes. He has since moved to Lambertville, N.J., a rural area with beautiful countryside, where he now shoots most of his photographs.

“Creating something from nothing is the most satisfying thing we can do,”  Pieterson said.

“I find the creative process is an inspiring and amazing journey,” he said.

Linda and Allen Slone won second place in May’s Art in the Park.

Woodworker Chris Sides of Rowan County and Liz Kain won the juried art show’s honorable mention awards.
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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