Freeman Law is a different kind of law office in that they are deeply devoted to participating in and supporting the arts, particularly photography. Owner Tony Freeman is a renowned photographer through his art business Nature Exposed Photography. At Freeman Law’s offices, he shows his landscape and wildlife photos, which feature images from all over the world.
In 2014, Tony had an idea to share his work and expertise with local students. He started the Youth Lens High School Photography Contest and Exhibition, which has now completed two years with an even bigger show in 2015. Youth Lens encourages high school student photographers to submit their very best photographs for consideration. A jury including Tony Freeman, Stephen Saunders and Tom Alexander, selects photographs to be included in an exhibition that is displayed for three ArtWalk events in spring and summer. They also selected three prize winners, and the firm funded the awards that included cash prizes, certificates and quality prints.
In 2015, 145 students from Flagstaff-area schools submitted photographs for the Youth Lens competition; only 26 could be selected for the exhibition. Two receptions were held to honor the exhibitors and the winners in the summer. Many of the exhibiting students and their families were on hand for the receptions. Flagstaff High School photography instructor and Viola Award nominee Joe Cornett was also in attendance; each of the winners was a student in his photography class.
Tony has been a participant and supporter of Flagstaff’s First Friday ArtWalk for several years. He transforms his Flagstaff office into a gallery and reception space for the event, every month from April through September each year. Tony supports the arts as a sponsor of major art events in the community, including art exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts, and most recently as a supporter of the Arboretum’s Festival of Trees.