Getting Sideways: A Slightly Different Journey Through Life

Visit the Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE) between June 4 and July 3 to see CAE’s newest exhibition, Getting Sideways: A Slightly Different Journey Through Life. This show is the first-ever gallery collaboration between professional adventure photographer (and Evergreen resident) Mike Arzt and and artist/designer/professional snowboarder Pat Milbery. Getting Sideways takes the viewer on a journey through each artist’s life shaped by snowboarding.

The exhibition stems from the first meeting of Arzt and Milbery, more than 15 years ago at a tumbling gold mine trestle in Breckenridge. The magic of the moment created by Milbery on his snowboard and Arzt behind the lens resulted in an infamous image. That photo led both Arzt and Milbery to their first publication in a major snowboarding publication: frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal. From there, their friendship and both of their careers have taken them all over the world. They always end up back in the same place, though—on the snow! Both artists subscribe to a Getting Sideways approach to life: from the way they look at the world to their career paths driven by their passion for snow sports.

Visitors to Getting Sideways will find new creative discoveries around every corner: from Arzt’s jaw-dropping photos of Tyler Ceccanti’s and Josh Bibby’s perfect lines down Mt. Olympus in Greece to Milbery’s solo body of work focusing on western landscapes merged with his modern, abstract, colorful geometric style. There is even an Evergreen section with inspiring views, photos of shredders from Evergreen, and a collaborative photographic/paint piece created by both artists that will offer a whole new colorful perspective on the quintessential I-70 mountain view. Getting Sideways contains more than 40 photographs by Mike Arzt from around the world, eleven original 2-D and 3-D pieces by Pat Milbery, and four collaborative pieces created by Arzt and Milbery together. Many of these piece have never been exhibited anywhere.

Mike Artz: Born in Vernon, Connecticut Arzt spent his youth snapping photos, developing his own prints via real film, and building snowboard kickers in his front yard. Somehow this was the beginning of a career path. During Arzt’s storied career in photography and brand marketing he has worked with Burton Snowboards, Airwalk, Warren Miller, and now, his own business venture, The Public Works in Denver. Arzt’s camera skills have him dangling from helicopters in Nepal, rolling cigars in Nicaragua, and shooting some of the most famous snow athletes in the world: Chris Davenport, Bode Miller, Julie Mancuso, and more. Arzt’s work has been featured in the American Society of Media Photographers “Best 20 Images of the Year” as well as a critically acclaimed covers and features in the national publication PDN (Photo District News).

Pat Milbery: Pat is, above all, a creative collaborator. As well known for the large-scale murals he’s created alongside some of the most prominent street and graffiti artists in the world as he is for the playful photo shoots and video parts he’s participated in as a pro-snowboarder. Pat’s vivid street art collaborations adorn the walls of dozens of boutiques, breweries, residences, bars, and other businesses in Denver, around the Rocky Mountains, across the country and around the globe. He’s helped curate and create major art installation projects for brands including the Ford Motor Company, X Games, Budweiser, Zumiez, Loveland Ski Area, Wahoo Fish Tacos, and Pabst Blue Ribbon and has shared snowboard contest podiums with the likes of Shaun White and Travis Rice. Pat’s also proud that the Snowboard Camp Tour he founded, which aims to make freestyle riding more accessible to kids, is now entering its second decade.


2021-2022 Exhibitions

Center for the Arts Evergreen has a variety of exhibitions in its main gallery. The exhibitions listed below are scheduled for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Each all-call show (as marked) will have a Call for Entry posted in the coming weeks and months. Each Themed Show will have a Call for Proposals posted at least 6-16 weeks prior to the show opening date.

  • January 22-February 20, 2021                   Hear Me Teen Show
  • March 5-April 9, 2021                                   histordomest-icity: Melissa Furness & Rian Kerrane
  • April 23-May 21, 2021                                   It’s Personal: Gail Folwell & Will Day
  • June 4-July 3, 2021                                       Getting Sideways: A Slightly Different Journey Through Life: Mike Arzt & Pat Milbery
  • July 9-August 7, 2021                                    Love (Juried show)
  • August 13-September 10, 2021                   120 for $120
  • September 24-October 30, 2021                Rocky Mountain National Watermedia: (Juried show)
  • November 12-December 23, 2021             CAE Member Show: (ALL-CALL SHOW for CAE Artist Members: Call for Entries is not open yet)
  • January 14-February 11, 2022                    I’m Here Teen Show: (ALL-CALL TEEN SHOW: Call for Entries is not open yet)
  • February 25-March 26, 2022                      Silence. In the Absence of Noise: (PROPOSAL EXHIBITION: Call for Proposals is not open yet)

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