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Photographer establishes art gallery in city

Aug 6, 2015 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Jim Brown has opened the space with his son and fellow artist Daniel Brown.

Riverton photographer Jim Brown has been selling his work in galleries across the West, but he now has a chance to show his photos in a space of his own in his hometown. He said the move allows him to work with his son and fellow artist Daniel Brown.

"I work with a lot of galleries around the Rocky Mountains, but this was the first one we'll be putting in," Jim Brown said.

The Riverton High School graduate has opened the gallery, called High Plains Reflections, in a storefront in the 300 block of East Main Street in Riverton.

Brown has sold prints of his photographs through his website, highplainsreflection.photoshelter.com, for years but decided to take the next step and open a physical location for the business end of his art.

Part of his motivation was "to see if we could come into a smaller community and get some interest into their downtown and seeing how it would be received," he said.

Along with the elder Brown's photos, the family owned gallery will feature the younger man's ceramic pieces.

The two also plan to collaborate by offering art classes in the gallery in their respective fields.

Jim Brown said he plans to start the educational programs soon.

"We're hoping it won't take too long to get off the ground," he said.

Brown has been taking photographs for 40 years, he said, ever since his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie camera for his 11th birthday, and he has sold his work for the last 25 years.

His subjects often are Western landscapes and wildlife, but he has traveled to other continents as well to shoot, Brown said.

In addition to selling his photos, he has taken pictures for clients such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, he said.

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