OKLAHOMA CITY—The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is pleased to host an exhibit by Santa Fe Artist Craig Varjabedian titled Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby. The exhibit will open on Friday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public and the works will on display through Jan. 8, 2012.  


At the heart of the Northern New Mexico’s legendary Ghost Ranch, known as the longtime home of the 20th-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe, Varjabedian has captured the beauty and mystique of the thousands of acres in his black and white photography exhibit.


“You look across the valleys and you understand why O’Keeffe needed to be there. It’s so powerful,” said Varjabedian. “I had been visiting Ghost Ranch for at least 10 years before I was able to start making photographs that were more than pretty pictures. When I took the photograph of Cerro Pedernal No. 2, I knew something had changed. The switch was on and the work came fast and furious for seven years. Then it shut off – all of the sudden the pictures just weren’t there anymore, and I knew I was done.”


This traveling exhibition of images taken at Ghost Ranch over a period of several years reaches beyond the familiar ideas associated with the place – into the artist’s unique vision of his subject’s relationship to the surrounding earth and its inhabitants.


Varjabedian is widely acclaimed for his images capturing the American West, taken over a photographic career of more than 35 years. An in-depth look into his artist perspective can be found in his companion book to the exhibition, Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby.


Several other events are planned throughout the exhibit, including a photography workshop

Oct. 14-16, 2011. For more information please visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org or call

(405) 478-2250, Ext. 219. Visit the artist’s website at www.craigvarjabedian.com



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