PINETOP — John Albin has been involved with photography since he was a teenager. He helped his father develop and print black and white photos that his dad took at Manzanita Speedway which were then sold at the track as souvenirs.
Once Albin was old enough to get into the pits at the race track, he too took photos of the action on the track. He went on to be a member of the photo lab during high school taking photos at school events and group photos for the year book and school paper. His love of photography has carried on through the years and he now enjoys taking landscapes, nature and life photography using his Nikon digital camera. A far cry from the old black and white 35mm days.
Albin has also enjoyed drawing and painting. He enrolled in a watercolor painting class at the Mesa Art Center when he worked for the City of Mesa back in the ‘90’s and has painted off and on through the years.
Albin’s photos and watercolor art can be found in the High Country Gallery, 13A E. White Mountain Blvd in Pinetop. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 928-367-3916.
The High Country Art Association operates the High Country Art Gallery and Gift Shop in Pinetop. For over 30 years, the gallery has hosted the work of professional artists as well as welcoming new and emerging artists. Fine art and fine craft are well represented.
Original works by local artists in watercolor, oils, pastels, acrylics and encaustic can be found in the gallery at reasonable prices. Photographs, prints and cards are also available. Handmade garments and handcrafted jewelry add a unique touch to the collection. Other fine craft items include pit fired pottery, fused glass, gourds, weavings, woodworking and ceramics.