Renowned, award-winning photographer Craig Blacklock will be the featured speaker at a photography extravaganza Aug. 18 hosted by The Crossing Arts Alliance.
"Picturing Past and Present: An Exhibition of Images by Central Minnesota Photographers," will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Lakes College. Blacklock's keynote address on the topic "Maturing as a Photographer" will be at 1 p.m.
Blacklock also will be available to autograph his books from 10 a.m. to noon.
Often working with a partner, Blacklock has photographed many books on Minnesota and the north country, including "Border Country," "The Lake Superior Images," "Minnesota Wild," "The Geese of Silver Lake," "Our Minnesota," "Gooseberry" and "The Duluth Portfolio." Also, many private and corporate collections around the world exhibit Blacklock's photographs.
Photography workshop and lecture sessions, open to the public and free of charge, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No registration is required. They will feature Aaron Hautala with "So You Want To Be Published," Steve Kohls with "Landscape and Travel Photography," Bill Marchel on "Nature and Wildlife Photography" and Dr. Bob Bianchi on "Photography and Fine Art in 19th Century France."
Marchel is known for his nature and wildlife images found in magazines and publications around the country. Hautala is art director for the Lake Country Journal. Kohls is an award-winning photographer for The Brainerd Dispatch. Bianchi is an art connoisseur -- he is widely traveled and extensively published on many topics, has served as curator, art appraiser, art critic, art adviser, historian and lecturer and is the recipient of numerous honors.
Fourteen photographers will display and sell their works in the Art Gallery, library and theater areas of the college. Exhibitors are David Boran, Jen Dougall, John Erickson, Tom Ferkingstad, Rob Geske, Anna Haney, Aaron Hautala, Jim Harting, Jan Kurtz, Ralph LaPlant, Brenda Pfeffer, David Pundt, Meghan Rahn and James Wallin.
At 7 p.m., a wine and cheese reception honoring Kohls and his award-winning photography will be held in The Crossing Arts Alliance Fine Arts Center at Seventh and Laurel (the old Sylvester's store). The public is invited to view Kohls' photography and to visit the facility, which has just been leased by The Crossing Arts Alliance. Tours of the ballroom level of this historic building will also be a part of the evening's events.
Admission is free for The Crossing members. There will be a $10 charge for non-members to help defray costs.
The mission of The Crossing Arts Alliance is to promote and enhance arts opportunities in the central lakes area through facilities, partnering and programming. Financial support of this event comes from The Crossing membership fees, Erickson and Pearson Law Offices, Brainerd Restoration, The Brainerd Dispatch, Esser's and the Blandin Foundation.
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