Group needs senior models for Aging Well 2010 calendar |

Group needs senior models for Aging Well 2010 calendar

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The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Aging Well program are looking for active senior citizens and local photographers to contribute to a 52-photo 2010 calendar.

Interviews for interested seniors are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Center for Visual Arts, 56 Ninth St.; call 846-5970 to schedule a 15-minute interview. For more information about the 2010 Aging Well Calendar, call project coordinator Ann Ross at 879-2545, or e-mail amross@earthlink....

In her modeling days, Ann Ross used to answer wide-reaching “cattle calls” from agencies. In her search for active senior citizens to feature in the 52-page 2010 Aging Well Calendar, Ross decided to use a similar tactic.

“I know a lot of people, but they tend to be a group of people that I know. I wanted to stretch outside (that group),” Ross said. The project, sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, invites senior citizens to pose for one of 52 action shots, captured by a local photographer.

So far, Ross has received about 30 photos of people engaging in winter activities. She hopes a casting call at the Center for Visual Arts on Monday and Tuesday will attract people she might not be able to contact otherwise, and will invite ideas about spring and summer shots.

“I’m looking for active seniors in not only Routt, but also Moffat, county that have something to offer,” Ross said.

She’d like to find someone who’s worked the railroad and someone to pose for a summer photo in the Yampa River Botanic Park. She’s also hoping to find three cancer survivors who will be willing to pose in a pyramid, illustrating having reached the top of their battle.

Ross has had luck finding photographers by tapping into a group that meets regularly at the Center for Visual Arts, but she said she is open to new faces and new ideas.

“I want a variety of photographers because each photographer brings their own presence to the photo,” she said. “Each one brings to their photograph the image that they see within that person.”

Linda Laughlin, owner of the Center for Visual Arts, said her gallery became involved with the project when Ross mentioned her desire to reach outside her circle to find models for the calendar. Ross has volunteered as a docent for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, volunteers with Laughlin’s gallery, dances regularly with the Steamboat Springs African Dance & Drum Ensemble, competed in NASTAR last weekend and is a hobby photographer.

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