'Non-cliché' art from local man adorns Englewood library

Englewood photographer's work on display and available for purchase

Posted 6/4/18

Dennis Behm was tired of the same buildings and scenes being photographed the same way. So he began shooting his own way, with layered effects to create images that bend, pop and present objects in …

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'Non-cliché' art from local man adorns Englewood library

Englewood photographer's work on display and available for purchase

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Dennis Behm was tired of the same buildings and scenes being photographed the same way.

So he began shooting his own way, with layered effects to create images that bend, pop and present objects in ways that can look like illustrations — but it's all photography, and it's on display as part of the Englewood Public Library's new program, “Art @ the Library,” which kicked off in January.

“I kind of like doing things for the community like this — making it available,” said Behm, who got his start when Nixon's Coffee House showed his art about three years ago. He's done photography since high school, but he changed up his style, partly inspired by a trip to the Denver Art Museum, where he saw abstract and French impressionist exhibits that stuck with him.

Behm calls his work “non-cliché photo art.” His intentional style has a quaint side, too — many of his photos are taken in his front and back yard.

“I just want to be different,” said Behm, 65. “It was hard for me to start showing my work ... I felt like if they didn't like it, they didn't like a deep part of me.”

Photography is like having kids, Behm said: An artist loves all their photos and can't pick a favorite.

It “was a blessing” to be selected for the library's program, said Behm, an Englewood resident. His exhibit lasts until June 28.

The library, at 1000 Englewood Parkway in the Englewood Civic Center, showcases local artists and starts each exhibit with a meet-and-greet reception with the featured artist. The library partners with local restaurants to provide free food for those events and provide them some exposure, too.

Michelle Brandstetter, an adult-services librarian who came up with the idea for the program, said in January that the library already had artists scheduled until November. Exhibits usually last six to seven weeks, she said. Artists from Englewood, the Denver area and Lakewood were among those scheduled so far at that point, Brandstetter said.

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