Join us at Leon for a closing reception to celebrate this magnificent exhibition of John Denver's photography. On Friday, Feb. 28th from 7-10, we will celebrate the life and legacy of this amazing musician and talented photographer.
The show closes at 5pm on Sunday, March 2nd, so this is one of your last chances to view and purchase works from "Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver".
We do not yet know when and where the exhibition will be shown again, so don't miss out on your last chance to raise a glass a true American icon and see the world through the eyes and lens of John Denver.
All of the works are also available online for your viewing and purchasing pleasure at www.leongallery.com
Thank you, we hope to see you at the farewell reception.
Leon is open from 12-5 Tuesday-Sunday.
From our Press Release:
On Dec. 31, 2013, singer and songwriter John Denver, whose hits such as "Rocky Mountain High" and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gained him worldwide fame, would have celebrated his 70th birthday. In honor of his legacy, Denver’s estate will be celebrating the singer’s music and life throughout the year.
Among his many gifts, Denver was a talented photographer. “Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver” represents a chance for the world to experience life as John Denver lived it. Throughout his lifetime, Denver captured thousands of images as he traveled across the globe, spreading his message of peace, love, and conservation. Through his mastery of composition, lighting, and the decisive moment, Denver became an accomplished photographer. Leon gallery is proud to present and sell limited editions of over 40 never-before-seen photographs of distinction from the celebrated musician.
Statement from the curators and owners of Leon:
"It is a fascinating gift to get to know someone by looking through a lifetime of photographs; to see what was interesting, beautiful and worth remembering. Through curating over 10,000 of John Denver's personal images, we found that his work not only represents his passionate vision of nature and the outdoors, but also chronicles the emotional beauty of society and individuals all over the world. He was an authentic, wide-eyed wanderer. You don't see lavish clichés you'd expect from a famous touring musician; you see someone who built a career catered toward exploring life with his loved ones, and finding connections with people and nature in parts of the world that weren't yet travel destinations. It's inspiring. We're excited to share this exhibit not only because this is the work of John Denver, an American icon who positively affected lives and land across the planet, but because at the end of the day he was a talented, dedicated man with a lot of heart. That is what is central to our vision at Leon."
Lindsay Giles McWilliams + Eric Robert Dallimore
With more than 33 million records sold and seven Billboard Top Ten albums, John Denver released 23 studio albums over his lifetime. He is best known for the beloved songs "Leaving On a Jet Plane," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Annie’s Song" and "Rocky Mountain High," which is a co-state song of Colorado. In addition to his numerous awards and recognitions, Denver was instrumental in championing environmental and humanitarian causes. His popularity and continuing influence on popular culture still grow more than a decade after his untimely death.
Denver was a true adventurer, exploring all that the world had to offer. Throughout his life’s journey he challenged himself on every level, which is an integral part of what made him an extraordinary man, an uncommon friend and a rare human being.
While the frontiers of the American West satisfied his spirit, less-traveled frontiers appealed to his imagination. Denver was an experienced airplane pilot and collected vintage biplanes. His interest in outer space was so great that he took and passed NASA’s examination to determine mental and physical fitness required for space travel. He then became a leading candidate to be the “first civilian in space” on the Space Shuttle Challenger. Denver planned to write a song in space, but circumstances kept him from joining the ill-fated expedition, which saddened the world when it exploded during take-off in 1986.
Among his many gifts, Denver was also a talented photographer. He photographed images of the people and places he experienced in his travels and showed his work professionally, often in connection with speeches made at colleges and universities as well as government and business facilities across the country.
Many of Denver’s songs reflected his relationship with nature and indeed, one of his greatest pleasures was spending time outdoors. He spent as much time as possible backpacking, hiking, climbing and fishing. He was an avid golfer and skier, regularly participating in celebrity charity events for both sports.
Today, millions of fans old and new enjoy the work of this extraordinary performer. Thirty albums and four decades after he began, John Denver’s music is as relevant as ever. His humanitarian work continues to strengthen our global village, and his dynamic celebration of life, spirit and nature is a powerful inspiration to us all.
To learn more about the legacy of John Denver please visit his website: www.johndenver.com and #rememberjohndenver