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National Parks Photography Exhibit Reception

National Parks Photography Exhibit By Jim Schlett 

December 4, 2018 – January 5, 2019
Reception Saturday, December 8, 7-9pm


Jim Schlett has a keen interest in our National Parks and their history.  He uses his photography to create images that make connections to the viewers and often lead to the sharing of experiences about the National Parks.  His work often involves long hikes to remote areas of the parks and waiting for the magic light of the early morning or the late afternoon around dusk.   Many viewers often will tell him, “I was there and didn't see what you saw.”


About Jim Schlett:

Jim Schlett's interest in photography began with a graduation gift of a Polaroid camera from grade school in New Jersey.  He later obtained an AA degree in Photography and Art.  In 2011, after working for the US Postal Service as an Executive for over 30 years in Washington D.C., he “refocused” on his love for the National Parks and photography.  He is a long-standing member of the Reston Photographic Society (RPS) and the former President of the League of Reston Artists (LRA) (2012-17).  Jim has a great love of travel and his photographs include many images of our national parks, (having visited over 150 National Park sites), cityscapes and nature in nearly all fifty states.


His photographs have been published in the Washington Post, Reston Magazine, Fairfax Times, annual reports, Elan Magazine, exhibited in local galleries and art shows, and won numerous competitive awards. One of his images was displayed in the Art Takes Times Square Exhibition in New York City in June 2012.  Over the past 15 years, Jim's photographs have been exhibited and purchased at the SOMA Gallery in Washington, DC, Civil War Historic Trust Competition, Nature's Vision Gallery, Northwest Federal Credit Union Offices, Ernst Cultural Center, Byrne Gallery, Artful August in Leesburg, Tryst Gallery, ArtSpace Herndon Gallery, JoAnne Rose Gallery, Xanadu Gallery in Phoenix, Manassas Art Center, Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, US Geological Survey (USGS) Gallery, Anzo-Borrego Foundation, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, North Valley Art Gallery in Redding, and the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax.  Jim’s piece, “Beyond the Planets” was selected for a 4' x 9' permanent display of Public Art in Windows at ArtSpace Gallery in Herndon VA.  Under his leadership, the League of Reston Artists (LRA) also had a photography exhibition devoted to the Centennial of the National Park in the spring of 2016 featuring over 60 images.  Two of his photographs were selected for the 2015 & 2016 Gettysburg Battlefield National Park calendars.   He is also one of the finalists in the Adams County, Colorado, Human Resources Center Photography Project.   In 2017, he was one of six artists, out of almost 100 applicants, selected to participate in the Community Supported Arts Program in Alexandria and produced and sold 50 photographs of the city.


Jim was the Artist-In-Resident at the Whiskeytown National Recreational Area in California in June 2016, creating a large body of new images.   Since that time, Jim has been displaying his images of the Whiskeytown AIR at several exhibition venues, including galleries in NYC and in northern Virginia, like Fairfax County Government Offices. He was also invited to be part of an Artist-In-Resident exhibition in New York City in late 2016.  Several feature stories have been published concerning his AIRs.  Jim has been a speaker at the Reston Photographic Society, Byrne Gallery and the Springfield Art Guild in 2017 discussing his AIR experience with his images.


In 2018, he successfully completed being an AIR at four National Park Service locations, Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland, Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia, Gettysburg Military Park and the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. 


He plans two exhibitions in the Washington DC metro area in 2018 of his photographs of the National Parks and working on exhibitions on similar themes for 2019.