October 7, 2014 (Parker, CO) – Starting October 10 and running through November 14, the PACE Center Art Gallery is hosting a special exhibition that features photographs of celebrity musicians taken by one of Colorado’s most renowned photographers; Jensen Sutta. The exhibit’s opening reception is on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8pm. It is open to the public and includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and an artist talk.

The PACE Center is delighted to be hosting Sutta’s first ever public exhibition. Sutta has photographed politicians like President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, Hollywood celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Samuel L. Jackson, and musical greats including B.B. King and George Strait. When asked how he narrowed down the selection for the PACE Center’s exhibit out of all the amazing photographs he has taken, Sutta said, “It was a choice to pick subjects that I feel would have the widest range of appeal… Politicians are polarizing (these days), actors are not heroes, landscapes are fairly common… but music is universal!”

Sutta’s exhibition at the PACE Center will feature photographs of the following musicians:  Jack Johnson, Jaime Foxx, Ryan Tedder (One Republic), Sheryl Crow, Pat Monahan (Train), Flo Rida, G-Love, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd), Burt Bacharach, Kenny Rogers, Peter Cetera (Chicago), Don Felder (Eagles), B.B. King, Morris Day (the Time), Luke Bryan, Leann Rimes, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Randy Owen (Alabama), and George Strait.

We asked for some of his favorite stories from behind the camera lens and Sutta shared the following:

“One of the first successful music shots was the image of Burt Bacharach performing with his reflection in the piano. When he was given a copy of the image, he loved it! That was a neat (and encouraging) response! Along the same lines, Leanne Rimes selected an image I took for her concert t-shirt. But above all, one of my favorite experiences was photographing Jack Johnson. I was able to spend some time chatting with him and really enjoyed meeting him. After the show, I exited the stage door and dozens of fans started cheering and taking pictures! They stopped when they realized it was me and not him, but for that brief moment it was fun to feel like a rock star.”

Sutta graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Biology. However, after he was in an unfortunate rollover car accident, Sutta decided to make a change and “do something fun” with the rest of his life, and so began his pursuit of photography. He obtained a Master’s Degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography and got his career up and running quickly, photographing Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in his first year of business. Visit his website at www.jensensutta.com.

PARKER ARTS encompasses the many facilities and events that the Town of Parker’s Cultural Department oversees, including a wide variety of local, regional, national and international, cultural, arts, scientific and educational programming and rentals. The PACE Center is home to a 542-seat theater, 250-seat amphitheater, Bellco art gallery, event room, dance studio, culinary kitchen, and several classrooms. The historic Mainstreet Center houses a cozy 200-seat theater, small art gallery, gym, and vintage classrooms. The century-old Ruth Memorial Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the perfect setting for small wedding, church groups or quiet meetings. For more information about Parker Arts, visit www.ParkerArt.org.