Stories From Stanley, Idaho

Gerheim Gallery

Gerheim Gallery

Thad Gerheim has the talent of being able to capture awe-inspiring landscapes through his photographs that are displayed at the Gerheim Gallery in Stanley, Idaho. This nature-themed gallery opened in the Stanley Town Square in June 2012.

The dramatic photo of ‘Old Snag’ draws visitors into the Gallery.

Old Snag – photo by Thad Gerheim

How does Thad capture his inspirational images?

Thad shoots with a 5×7 and 8×10 Deardorff camera which uses large format film (not digital) for the image quality and management. The higher resolution, vivid colors, warmer texture and crisper images captures the essence of nature. Since he uses large format film, the composition has to connect with him before he takes the shot.

Can you believe Thad’s newest camera is 20 years old and his oldest camera is 60 years old?

8 x 10 Deardorff Camera

Imagine carrying that camera into the wilderness!

Thad grew up 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. He found his passion for photography at the age of 13 when his Scout Master, Alan, let him use his Yaschica camera. They built a darkroom in the basement of the boy scouts meeting room. Thad began developing his photos that focused mainly on the visual elements of patterns and texture, like willows and waves.

Thad continues to have texture in his photographs. You can see it in the foreground of his photos such as blades of grass, rocks or logs. The texture gives you the feeling of being right there in the moment as if you were taking the picture.

Hatchet Lake – photo by Thad Gerheim

The tonality of his photographs is smooth and gives his photos depth. It’s subtle, but resonates when it’s put together. The layers in his photos add to this depth.

Sawtooth Mountains and Aspen – photo by Thad Gerheim

Do you love nostalgic photos? One wall in the Gerheim Gallery is dedicated to historic digital photos. Stanley’s good ol’ days are portrayed in snapshots including the Stanley Rodeo Grounds, Sunbeam Dam, 1936 Cowboys and Stanley Sled Dogs. The platinum/palladium printing process was used for a couple of the photos. Visit the gallery and guess which ones!

Wonders of Wildness is a hardback book with 101 color and black and white photos by Thad Gerheim. The photos are taken near the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness plus the Sawtooth, White Cloud and Salmon River Mountains. It’s the perfect gift for those who love central Idaho.

Wonders of Wildness

Some of Thad Gerheim’s large photographs (mainly 36” x 45”) on display include:

  • Elephants Perch
  • Little Redfish Lake
  • Lower Stanley
  • Spangle Lake
  • Stanley Lake

Don’t worry about getting it home — Thad will ship the photograph you simply can’t live without.

It’s not all about photography in the Gerheim Gallery. Artists who display their work at the gallery include:

  • Claudia Whitten – kilnfired glass
  • Don King – fine art chairs
  • Tab Stuart – metal sculpture
  • Tim Norman – bronze sculpture
  • Fluff Wood – silver engraved jewelry
  • Marlise Stroes – marble

The next time you are in Stanley, visit the Gerheim Gallery (open daily 10am – 6pm). The natural beauty of this area is captured brilliantly in Thad’s photographs. Remember Stanley all year long with a photograph from the Gerheim Gallery.

Sawtooth Sunrise – photo by Thad Gerheim

Blog written by Erica Cole



Featured Local Events

DATE: March 2 - 4, 2018

TIME: Multi-times

LOCATION: Park Creek Ski Area, Alturas Lake Ski Area, Community Building, Stanley, ID

March 3rd & 4th, 2018 — Sawtooth Ski Club 16th Annual Ski Festival

  • SATURDAY, March 3rd, Park Creek Ski Area
    Highway 21, 7 miles W. of Stanley
    11am-2pm Homemade Chili & Treats
    Poker Run!!!
    Winning hand called at 1:30 pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING 5:30-8:30pm
    Stanley Community Building
    Dinner Extravaganza
    Incredible Silent Auction, bring your checkbook!
  • SUNDAY, March 4th
    Alturas Lake Ski Area
    Highway 75, 20 miles S. of Stanley
    11am-3pm Soup Kitchen Social
    Great ski trails and a great time!!!

The Sawtooth Ski Club will host the 16th Sawtooth Ski Festival March 3rd and 4th. Come ski, play, feast, dance, shop and socialize, all while supporting Cross Country Skiing in Stanley Sawtooth Country! At 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the Park Creek Ski Trails, homemade chili and treats will await eager participants at the annual Poker Run. Donating fun lovers ski or snowshoe a fun course, stopping at stations to collect cards and when the game is called at 1:30, whoever has collected the best poker hand wins a most excellent prize! At 5:30 Saturday evening at the Stanley Community Building, our ski club celebrity chef will present a delicious dinner and at the same time an amazing silent auction will take place. Many local businesses, arts and crafts people and friends of the club donate lovely things, wonderful services, ski and fashion accessories and deliciously fantastic items to the auction. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th at the Alturas Lake Ski Trails Soup Kitchen Social, enjoy great skiing along with with trailside soup and cookies. All events are donation based, so be sure to bring your check book or cash for the donation jars. The Sawtooth Ski Festival is our only fundraising event of the year. We depend on memberships, donations and Ski Festival proceeds to fund our efforts to provide quality groomed cross country ski trails at Park Creek and Alturas lake. Call Karen Keiski at 208-774-3487 if you wish to volunteer for any of the events or donate to the silent auction. See you at the Festival!


LINK: http://sawtoothskiclub.com/

TEL: 208-774-3487

CONTACT: David or Karen keiski@ruralnetwork.net


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