Photographs by two western artists at Bighorn Gallery
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Chad Dutson’s wilderness photography, such as this image, titled “Winter at Deadhorse,” captures the beauty of the West. Courtesy photo
Chad Dutson’s wilderness photography, such as this image, titled “Winter at Deadhorse,” captures the beauty of the West. Courtesy photo
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The Bighorn Gallery at the Dead Horse Point State Park Visitor Center is exhibiting a “compelling photographic expression,” Beauty of the West, an artwork display by Utah-based photographers Dustin LeFevre and Chad Dutson. The exhibit features unique perspectives of landscapes found throughout the West, including desert, forest, and coastal scenes.

The exhibit opened March 1 and will be on display through April 29. More than 20 photographs are featured in the show.

Dustin LeFevre is an award-winning and published wilderness photographer, born with an innate desire to explore. Growing up in Utah, he has always appreciated the beauties of the diverse landscapes of the West.

“When he is not working at his ‘9 to 5’ job, he can be found hopping in an airplane or in a car chasing ‘the shot,’” according to a news release from Bighorn Gallery. LeFevre’s signature style is night photography, capturing familiar landscapes under a new light. He has said he strives to capture not just what is in front of his lens, but also the way it makes him feel, and he hopes his feeling translates into the final image.

“I fly a lot. I drive a lot. I take tons of pictures,” LeFevre said.

Chad Dutson is a fine-art wilderness photographer whose admiration for nature grows with each photographic adventure. He spent all but three years of his life living in the West, which he says has given him “incredible opportunities” to enhance his self-taught craft. Dutson “has an insatiable desire to wander the wild, seeking solitude and serenity away from the bustle of city life,” according to the news release.

“His deep passion for photography pushes him to extremes to capture the right shot. After each excursion he shares his experience with others, yearning they may fall in love with nature as he has.”

“Some say they lose themselves in one thing or another; however I find myself through photography, losing only the sense of time,” Dutson said. “Photography brings out the emotion I feel for both nature and humanity. Capturing a subject in a still moment is my deepest expression of self.”

For more information about the artists, visit their websites at www.dustinlefevre.com and www.chaddutson.com.

Dead Horse Point State Park is located 35 miles from Moab on State Route 313. Visitor center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 entrance fee, which includes access to the visitor center, which has a museum, the Bighorn art gallery, and a gift shop as well as a coffee shop.

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