LITTLETON—Despite the Littleton Art Festival winding down until next year, it’s still making waves within the community. While many Main Street businesses are dispersing the art from their storefronts, Lahout’s Summit Shop has decided to make the Main Street Gallery a year round event.
Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Director Jessica Bunker discovered landscape photographer Shaun Terhune while stopping by the Maia Papaya in Bethlehem. Bunker checked out his website, and knew he was an ideal candidate for the Main Street Gallery.
“Shaun’s photographs of the western U.S. convey this grand sense of adventure and are exhilarating to look at,” commented Bunker. “Our goal with the Main Street Gallery was to find artists who paired with stores synergistically, and Lahout’s Summit Shop was definitely the match for Shaun.”
Terhune grew up in West Glover, Vermont on a homestead built by his family. His earliest memory with a camera was capturing a summer sunset at age 14 on 35mm film. “I had crouched down low and successfully imposed a few strands of timothy hay in the foreground to give the image context and more structure,” Terhune revealed. “I was capturing something other than just a pretty sky.”
His first exploit in the west was during a two-week field excursion beginning his geology studies with Lyndon State College. After many visits- and finishing his degree in the flats of Ohio- Terhune decided to remain in the west, capturing many of the works currently in his portfolio.
Terhune, his wife, Mary-Elisabeth, and their Australian Shepard, Ted, moved into a log cabin in Sugar Hill last year with Terhune excited to mingle with the locals. The Art Festival proved an excellent starting point.
“I talked with hundreds of people and the event led to a lot of great connections for me,” Terhune noted. “That’s really what I was there for- I’m a people person.”
One of the best connections Terhune made as a result of the Art Festival was that with Lahout’s, a shop he’s been visiting since childhood. “Lahout’s has been my favorite store for as long as I can remember,” Terhune revealed. “Trips to Littleton as a kid always contained a bit of excitement knowing that Lahout’s Summit Shop could be on the itinerary.”
After growing up, it’s now Lahout’s admiring Terhune. “When owner, Ron Lahout first saw Shaun’s photos,” explained Bunker, “he thought they were marketing materials from Patagonia.”
Terhune himself thinks blending photography with the outdoors shop is a good idea. “I think incorporating large-scale outdoor photography like mine in the store fits with the vibe,” he noted. “If rugged and beautiful environments like the ones in my photos are your destination, then the equipment, gear, and clothing Lahout’s provides is what enables you to get there.”
Bunker is pleased with the success of Terhune during the Art Festival, enthusing, “What has come from the Art Festival in the pairing of Shaun and Lahout’s is the exact outcome we have hoped for. Our goal with this event is to benefit the trifecta of community, Chamber members, and artists. Shaun is a success story and we’re hoping to help write even more in the future.”
Lahout’s has decided to continue featuring Terhune’s photos in their shop, completing a visual look and feel for their shoppers.
To see Shaun Terhune’s work, stop by Lahout’s Summit Shop on Main Street, or visit his website at www.ShaunTerhune.com for a complete portfolio and portrait services. You may find a photography workshop or two listed. To learn more about the Littleton Art Festival, visit www.LittletonAreaChamber.com.