River City Art Association member Spencer Young of Clinton, Indiana, will be the featured artist at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill., July 16-Aug. 11.
An artist’s reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. CDT July 16 in the Gaslight gallery at 516 Archer Ave.
MY LIFE AS AN ARTIST
1947-1965 … I grew up in LaGrange, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. In high school, photography was my main hobby and first job. I was a photographer for my high school yearbook for four years and worked part time as darkroom assistant for a local press photographer.
1965-1978 … In college I studied astronomy, earning a B.A. from Northwestern and an M.S. from Iowa State. I worked summers for several local photographers. By the early 70’s it became obvious that no jobs were to be had in astronomy, so I fell back on my only marketable skill, working several years for a portrait and wedding studio. Not wanting to make a career of this, I taught myself geology in my spare time, with the intention of entering the coal business.
1978-2000 … For 22 years I worked as a geologist for a series of small coal mining companies, and one stone quarry. I was able to become a stockholder in the last one. During this time I had no access to a darkroom and my creative output was mostly limited to travel slides.
2000-present … When our coal company was sold, I found myself comfortably retired. Since retiring, I have become a full-time amateur landscape photographer, printing digitally. In 2014 I started making digital art (CAD drawings and fractal flames).
My artistic hero is Ansel Adams.
I have also indulged my twin interests in astronomy and travel by going on group tours to view astronomical events. My trips include:
Total solar eclipses: Indonesia 1983, Caribbean Sea 1998, Turkey 1999 and 2006, West China 2008, Tahiti 2010, Australia 2012, Faroe Islands 2015, and Indonesia 2016.
Transits of Venus: Greek Islands 2004, Central Asia 2012.
Aurora Borealis: Iceland 2007 and 2015.
For more gallery information call 217-293-1050 or visit gaslightartcolony.com