Artique’s First Friday opening will feature Charlie Lansche |

Artique’s First Friday opening will feature Charlie Lansche

Oakley’s Charlie Lansche loves capturing wildlife and nature in his photographs.

"Since I live in Oakley, I focus on the life and the lifestyle and wildlife and landscapes of the rural and Western feel of that valley," Lansche said during an interview with The Park Record. "There is so much wildlife in Summit County and they are used to seeing a lot of moose, but what most people don’t realize is there are elk, large deer, coyotes, mountain lions, which I have yet to photograph. All of my photos center around my love of the West, whether it’s an old barn, a bull elk, a fox, a sandhill crane or mountain stream and waterfall."

Artique, 283 Main St. in Kamas, will give the public a chance to see Lansche’s photographs during the monthly First Friday Artist Opening on April 4. The event is free, and Lansche is looking forward to showing his works.

"I imagine we will have probably eight to 12 framed images or produced wall pieces, in addition to a number of smaller, matted prints," he said. "We’ll have traditional glass images and stretched canvas prints, wraps and other new treatments. In fact, we’re in the process in getting those to the lab right away. My wife, Coni, is getting these things together. She’s my business manager."

All the work will be culled from the photographer’s recent images that he’s captured in the past year.

"Most of my images are shot right in our backyard in Eastern Summit County, but there may be some images from Southern Utah," Lansche said. "We were down there camping for a few days in February and I slipped into Monument Valley for a while."

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There will be a piece that Lansche took of a river in Southern Idaho.

"I’ve been shooting water off and on when I have the opportunity," he said. "Water, in particular, streams or even still bodies of waters, offer so much opportunity for composition and light reflection and movement.

"It’s one of my favorite things to work with and if I’m near a flowing stream or body of water at sunset, I’m a happy guy, whether I get something or not," Lansche said. "I think that comes from the fact that I grew up in Northern California, swimming in the ocean with my grandfather. I learned how to windsurf and surf. I love rafting and kayaking. And that love translates and lends itself to photography well."

Whether it’s water or animals, Lansche constantly thinks of places to shoot and is always on the lookout for beautiful compositions. But he has found out many of his days don’t go as planned.

"I’ll go out in search of a certain thing in mind, and will come back with something completely different," he said with a laugh. "I may go set up to shoot in partly-cloudy skies to get a nice colorful sunrise, or I’ll want to get some water or some streams to get a reflection of the sky, and come back with a photo of a moose."

The most extreme place he’s gone to look for a photo is in the high Uintas, where mountain goats live.

"I often get up into the Mirror Lake area and Bald Mountain and come back with swollen knees and no pictures," he said wryly. "But I’ve had a couple of magical moments with mountain goats. They are my favorite animals. They are so rugged and unusual in form and shape and where they live."

Lansche got to know Artique owner Katie Stellpflug over the past few years and appreciates her mission.

"I like the uniqueness of the shop and how she tries to promote local artists and art," he said. "It’s a win-win situation. There are so many incredible artists and creative people who live on that side of the county and she tries to showcase that. She helps us and we try to help her."

In addition, Lansche donates a portion of his proceeds to two nonprofit organizations — the Summit Land Conservancy and the Henry’s Fork Foundation.

"The Summit Land Conservancy protects open space, farm and ranch lands for future generations," he said. "I am on its board."

The Henry’s Fork Foundation takes care of the watershed in the Henry’s Fork are a in Southern Idaho.

"Giving back to conservation organizations is important to me," Lansche said. "I hope people, through my images, realize the importance and fragility of what is around us. These areas are worth protecting."

Artique, 283 Main St. in Kamas, will host a First Friday Artist Opening featuring the photography of Charlie Lansche on April 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event is free. For more information, visit .

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