The Abandoned



Saturday, May 27, 5 – 7 pm

A collection of photographs of artifacts, equipment, locations and animals left abandoned to the elements and nature by Karen Voepel, Lex Nichols and Vincent Gearhart.


About Karen Voepel —

Karen and her husband, Bill Broyles, own and operate the historic Prowers Ranch on the Arkansas River. They have restored numerous buildings, including an 1860s mercantile that Karen christened “Amache Studio” after the Cheyenne Indian Princess who married John Prowers, one of the first owners of Prowers Ranch. The building hosts fundraisers, celebrations, and Karen’s yoga and photography workshops. 

“The light can be harsh on the plains, but there’s inspiration in the clouds, the long sunrises and sunsets, the starkness and, yes, even the wind.” Metal prints are intriguing, Karen will say, for brilliant color and whimsy, but old, abandoned windows add a dramatic and poignant touch enhancing the spirit of a photograph. She likes to use both. A multi-dimensional artist, Karen sometimes adds her poetry to photo books she’s created.

About Lex Nichols —

Lex Nichols (on the right) was born and raised in Rocky Ford. At about 15 his stepmom bought him his first camera and his interest in art and photography really took off. In 2003 he started Lex Nichols Photography and was doing photography full time by 2004. He earned a Professional Certification through the Professional Photographers of America specializing in portrait lighting, landscapes and digital art (Photoshop). Lex began teaching digital art, photography and Photoshop at Otero Junior College while also running his business. In a few years his wife Jennifer joined the LNP team and now runs the business from their home in Rocky Ford. 

Lex has been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Cowboys and Indians, Balloon Life and numerous other national publications. Currently, Lex is represented by Alamy Images Stock Agency based out of the UK where his images are sold worldwide. He is employed by Otero County as Public Works Director but still continues his photography adventures. Visit his website at

About Vincent Gearhart —

Vincent Gearhart has a varied professional background. A graduate of La Junta High School, he worked for the railroad in a regional capacity for 20 years. He became adept in computer work through his experience with Computer Products and Services. That work augmented his career as a sales representative with B106 and KSIR in Ft. Morgan, Colorado. He has been employed for several years at Robinson Printing, Inc., in Lamar. Gearhart helped create a successful weekly newspaper which serves Prowers County and is involved in sales, graphic design and publishing for The Prowers Journal.  

Vincent has had a passion for photography and from starting and raising a family, his interest in photography became a natural endeavor. In the past several years, he has expanded his interests with new photographic equipment and software and has been studying recent developments in photography and digital art. He mainly enjoys taking photos of isolated objects, whether the subject is flowers, animals in their natural habitat, vegetables, automobiles, or any subject that sparks his interest.