August 2017: Salida Ink and Nancy Kay

August 2017: H. Mark Weidman and Nancy Kay

The SteamPlant Event Center will host two exhibitions this August. Photographer H. Mark Weidman’s Salida Ink will be featured in the Paquette Gallery, and watercolorist Nancy Kay will be in the Diesslin Gallery August 1 through August 30, 2017.

H. Mark Weidman, Salida Ink

About his exhibition Salida Ink, a photo essay about Salidans and the stories behind their tattoos, Mark Weidman shared,

“I don’t recall the exact moment or reason when I came up with the concept for Salida Ink, but when I first started to look at tattoo photos, I realized most of them are just average snapshots. I quickly learned there is a reason for that; creating compelling photographs of people and their tattoos is a challenge, and one that I have enjoyed. I got to meet new people and learn the stories behind their tattoos. The biggest challenge was convincing new acquaintances to come to my studio, particularly men. Then the challenge was both technical, from a photography perspective, and personal, in that I am working with someone (usually a stranger) in a relatively personal, though completely professional, process.  It was definitely a left brain/right brain exercise!”

Photograph © 2017 H. Mark Weidman

Weidman discovered his passion for photography after enrolling in a photojournalism course at the University of Utah. He completed his photography degree at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Weidman’s images have appeared in many national magazines, including Outside, Audubon and National Geographic Traveler & National Geographic Books and The New York Times Magazine.  Commercial clients include Lands’ End, DuPont, W. L. Gore (Goretex), Graphic Arts Center, and most major textbook and calendar publishers. He has a library of over 150,000 images, which he licenses through agencies around the world.

His photography has been exhibited at the Smithsonian and featured in two PBS documentaries: “Faces of the North” and “Pennsylvania”.  His critically acclaimed book, Pennsylvania, was applauded by James Michener as “brilliantly evocative”.

Photograph © 2017 H. Mark Weidman

Mark and his wife settled permanently in Salida nine years ago. Since then, Mark has focused on photographing people in the outdoors and Colorado landscapes and wildlife. He also built a studio where he shoots artwork for local artists and organizations.

Nancy Kay

Nancy Kay enjoys painting old rusty trucks, landscapes, architecture and unique perspectives of objects.  Painting watercolors has been her hobby for over a decade, and she is now enjoying the freedom to her pursue her creative passion.

Old Friends, watercolor

“This collection of watercolors includes scenes that spark my creative spirit,” said Kay. “The joy of painting rust and peaceful places is obvious.”

A retired engineer, Nancy spent her career in mechanical design focused on very precise drawings.  Spending more time in the studio experimenting with color and shapes as well as studying in watercolor workshops has helped Nancy ‘loosen’ her painting style. 

Originally from Northern California, Nancy has called Salida home for five years. 

Mendocino Hike, watercolor

Nancy looks forward to becoming more involved in the local art scene and galleries, as so many creative people and the beauty of the mountains inspire her.


Artists’ Reception*: Saturday, August 19, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Please join Mark and Nancy for an artists’ reception on Saturday, August 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Paquette and Diesslin Galleries. Free hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served.

*Please note that this reception will take place on the third Saturday in August rather than the usual second Saturday art reception.

Creative Mixer: Thursday, August 10, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Join the Salida Council for the Arts and the Salida Creative District on Thursday, July 13 in the Paquette Gallery for a fine and festive social hour from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Munchies are served, the cash bar is open, live music will be playing, Mark and Nancy will speak about their respective work, and you’ll hear news about the many creative projects being launched.

Join us, bring your friends, meet some new ones, and, if you have news about your own artistic endeavor, you’re invited to step up on the “Soapbox” to share the excitement.