F. Lee Graves ‘Beaverhead in Color’ photographyat ArtSpace in Dillon, 120 N, Montana St. opens with a reception from 12:30 to 3 pm on Sunday, March 10th. Graves, a native son of a pioneering family that settled in Bannack in 1864, returned to his childhood home after living in Florida. Photography has been his passion for 40 years and returning to his childhood home opened a floodgate of inspiration for his artwork. He is the author of two books, Montana’s Fur Trade Era and Bannack: Cradle of Montana, both of which contain his photographs. He is a member of the Beaverhead County Museum Board of Trustees and is active in the Dillon Masonic Lodge and Shriners.
Graves enjoys both the minute and obvious patterns that make up Montana’s scenic and historic presence along with the plants, birds and wildlife waiting to be framed by his camera. He hopes his work raises awareness of Montana’s fragile ecology and the need to protect it for future generations. He loves the “surprises” that are easy to overlook and the enjoyment of sharing those fleeting moments with others through his chosen art form.
The reception opening the Graves exhibit will include the opportunity to view some of the family artifacts from the Graves family history along with light refreshments and the opportunity to visit with the photographer/author.