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Matt Peterson - Pinnacle Photography gallery show.

Opening on Saturday, April 1st from 6-8:30pm, Matt Peterson has 35-40 of his landscape and nature photographs on exhibit.

The location is the Lynnhurst Gallery (within Lynnhurst Congregational Church). 4501 S Colfax Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Look for the gallery show sign near the entry door.

The gallery is open to the public.

For those on Facebook:

The gallery will be up until April 30th. The space is open every Sunday from 11-noon (TBD about other times/by appointment).
posted April 2017.

Jim Van Meter new gallery show.

Jim Van Meter has a new gallery show at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington. There are 27 photos, in 16 x 20 or 16 x 22 frames, to celebrate spring and natural beauty in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Beginning on March 1st through March 20 at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington near 94th St. and Normandale Blvd. Enter the parking lot from Poplar Bridge Road.

Jim says "I am blessed to have this final opportunity to share some of my best work at the Arb over six decades. Enjoy!"

The best time to see the show is Monday through Thursday during March. The church, open about 12 hours a day, closes about 8:00 PM.
posted March 2017.

Jim Van Meter new gallery show.

Jim Van Meter has a new gallery show at the St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington near 94th St. and Normandale Blvd. Enter the parking lot from Poplar Bridge Road.

There are 27 photos, in 16 x 20 or 16 x 22 frames, to celebrate spring and natural beauty in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Jim says "I am blessed to have this final opportunity to share some of my best work at the Arb over six decades. Enjoy!"

The best time to see the show is Monday through Thursday during March and April. The church, open about 12 hours a day, closes at about 8:00 PM.

posted August 2013.

Linda Staats photo accepted in Minnesota State Fair Show.

Linda Staats has a photo that was accepted into the Fine Arts Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. The image “Single tree island, early autumn” was taken along the St. Croix River at Wild River State Park. The Fair runs from August 22 through September 2, 2013.
For more information about Linda Staats, please visit:
Linda's website:
Linda's blog:
posted August 2013.

Badlands Photography Workshops with Rikk Flohr. Spring Scenics — May 14–18, 2011.
Saturday night we start with an optional sunset at a pre-determined location in the park. The workshop goes until Wednesday morning when we finish with a final sunrise and free shooting till the light gets tough. The three full–days in the middle will be spent finding the very early sunrises and very late sunsets as we travel the park setting up our tripods at the best formations. Of course there will be wildlife along the way as we photograph the Black–tailed Prairie Dogs, Bighorn Sheep, American Bison, Mule and White–tailed Deer, There is always a chance at more exotic subjects such as the North American Porcupine, the American Badger, the Coyote, the Bobcat and the numerous other birds and beasts which populate the wilderness. This workshop has early mornings, late nights and warm weather. Don’t worry, we take a little downtime in the middle of the day to compensate.

For more information or to register, please go to: Badlands Photography Workshops with Rikk Flohr
posted January 2011.

Dick Kain’s photograph “Red Reflection” was accepted for the “Arts in Harmony 2011” show that will be exhibited at the Sherburne County Government Center (13880 Highway 10, Elk River, Minn.) February 7 through March 24, during government center hours.

An exception to those weekday hours will be the opening reception on Sunday, February 13th 1:00pm – 3:30pm, which includes an awards presentation.

Cynthia Fleury’s photo “Abandoned for Winter” was also accepted for the show.

The time of the awards ceremony is reported as 1:45pm, but also as 2:15pm. The jurors were Lyndell King (head of the Weisman Museum) and Barbara Schulz. They chose over 200 pieces from 855 works submitted by 282 artists.
posted January 2011.

Story Lines: An exhibit of prints and photographs by Ellen Wold & Linda Staats

November 3rd thru November 30th, 2010
Unity Church — Unitarian
732 Holly Avenue
Saint Paul MN 55104

Opening reception: Friday, November 5th, 2010, 6:00 – 9:00pm
posted October 2010.

Bradford Kissell would like to invite you to two exhibits featuring his work:

The exhibit Light and Dark at Coffman Art Gallery runs through January 21, 2010. It features 10 of his abstract works, as well as paintings by artist Michael Bruce. The gallery is located 300 Washington Ave. S.E. on the east bank of the U of M campus.

His portrait titled “Fierce Independence” has been selected to be part of the Portraits exhibition at the Mpls Photo Center from January 2–31, 2010. It is one of 79 images selected by David Little, curator of photographs and head of the Department of Photography at the MIA. A reception will be held on Friday, January 8 from 6–9 p.m. at the center, located on the second and third floors of the Northwind Lofts building at 2400 N. 2nd St. in Minneapolis.
posted November 2009.

Cynthia Fleury would like to invite you to the Edina Park Plaza Artwalk: Friday, October 16, 2009 from 6–9pm and Saturday, October 17, 2009 10am–4pm. I will be displaying 13 pieces in apartment 713.

The Sponsors say: “Join us for a leisurely stroll through our community, from the Lobby to the 18th Floor Solarium. Explore the Fine Art of Retirement Living. Browse and purchase original works from popular local and regional artists. You can even bid on unique items at our Silent Auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Make plans now to be here! Complimentary admission, appetizers and refreshments. Call (952) 831–4084 for more information. 3330 Edinborough Way, Edina, MN 55435.”

This event will be held at Edina Park Plaza at Edinborough Park and features Edina Art Center Artists including Cynthia Fleury, Swanson Gallery Artists, and selected Park Plaza Artists.
posted October 2009.

Angela Andrist announces:
I hope you can come to the premiere of my film at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. (345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102) this Sunday, September 27, 2009.
Philippines 1968: My Mother’s Journey Home by Angela Andrist & Steve Date—Auditorium 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

In 1968, Angela turned three. It was the year her mother took her to family in the Philippines. We glimpse this fleeting prosperous time in the Philippines, in contrast to the happenings in the United States. Angela earned the “Emerging Filmmaker Award” in the 2008 short film competition. Steve also participated in the 2008 competition. He is a videographer for MinnPost and is working on a feature length documentary about Coalwood, West Virginia.

If you get there by 12:30 pm, you should be able to make sure you get a good seat, since my film is the first in the group to show at 1:00 pm and is 10 minutes long, I don’t want you to miss it. Both my parents, featured in the film, will be attending. It should be a fun time.

Thanks for your on-going support in my artistic endeavors.
Angela Andrist
posted September 2009.

Ellen Wold sends this reminder:
31st Annual Afton Art in the Park
Arts, Crafts, Music and Food. September 26 & 27, 2009, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Please come see me! Ellen Wold Photography
“Photography has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”—Elliot Erwitt
posted September 2009.

“Minnesota Orchids and Other Wild Flowers”
Constance Van Valkenburg's exhibit is showing at Dunn Brothers, Fairview Ave. near Rosedale.
August 30th through September 29th, 2009
posted August 2009.

“West Photo is exhibiting prints from the Minneapolis Photographic Society”
Just a reminder that currently West Photo is exhibiting prints from the Minneapolis Photographic Society (MPS). For the entire month of August they will be displaying 1st and 2nd place “Print of the Year” winners in “Color” and “Monochrome” from Mary Olson (2 winners), Linda Staats, and Bob Hosker. The “Jeff Morgan Landscape Award” winner by Holly Kuchera is also on display.

Bring your friends, relatives, even neighbors along and let them see in person the high caliber of photography by our members.
Our helpful friend Kyle Krohn at West Photo graciously arranged for us to use their gallery (on the way back to their large selection of inkjet papers) for the month of August. So stop by, enjoy the prints, look around, and take a moment to thank the people at West for helping us to give recognition to the talents of our members and also helping to promote our club.

And remember, by regularly attending our tutorials and participating in our monthly salons, then next year it might be one of your images hanging in their gallery.

(West Photo is located at 21 University Ave NE, next to Surdyk’s, off of Hennepin Ave just across the river from downtown Minneapolis.)
posted August 2009.

“Gallery Maple Plain Going–out–of–Business Sale”
Last chance to see Peg Woellner’s Gallery.
Hundreds of Peg Woellner’s photographs will be displayed through May. Also her jewelry, and cards (many boxed as gifts). And a chance to buy from a large selection of handcrafted gifts.

Peg’s gallery has been open for 2 years, but is closing the end of May.
Now is your last opportunity to: stock up on unique gifts and jewelry; buy that piece of art you’ve been thinking about; stock up on note cards for all occasions; buy one–of–a–kind presents.
Everything is on sale 11:00–6:00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday through May 30.
5269 Highway 12, Maple Plain, MN. 10 minutes west of Ridgedale, just after first stoplight from downtown.
763–479–1230 (or Peg 952–935–6187)
posted May 2009.

“One View – Three Visions”
The Arts Alliance is Proud to Present: One View – Three Visions
featuring three pastel artists: Cheryl LeClair–Sommer, Lisa Stauffer and Michelle Wegler, with stained glass art by Mary Olson.
The exhibit runs May 7 — June 13, 2009 at the:
Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery,
716 Main Street, Elk River, MN 55330. (763) 441–4725
posted May 2009.

“FLORA AND FAUNA exhibition”
The Gallery 86 Art Center’s FLORA AND FAUNA exhibition
Opening Reception Friday, May 8, 5—8 pm

May contain pictures by Constance Van Valkenburg.
posted May 2009.

Constance Van Valkenburg had her print “Franklin Street Bridge” on the front page of the Oak Ridge Newspaper in color, in March 2009.
posted May 2009.

“The Faces of Jamaica”
A photographic exhibition by Constance Van Valkenburg

February 1 through March 14, 2009 at Dunn Brothers, Fairview Avenue just north of Rosedale, St. Paul

There will be a 'small reception at 3 pm – 6pm On Sunday, February 1, and again on Wednesday, February 4th, 3 to 6 pm.
posted February 2009.

“Paths & Portals”
A photographic exhibit by Linda Staats

Feb. 26th thru March 29th, 2009 at Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday, Noon–5:00pm

Opening reception is Thursday, February 26th, 6–8:00pm
posted January 2009.

“The Secret Life of Trees”
An exhibit of photography by Ellen Wold

Feb 1–27, 2009 at Unity Church – Unitarian, 732 Holly Avenue, St. Paul, MN
Reception is Friday, February 13th from 5–9pm. Show open 9-5 M-F & Sundays.
posted January 2009.

Dress Rehearsal
A Group of Local Photographers Display New Work

Linda Staats ˇ Ellen Wold ˇ Clare O'Neill ˇ Mic Hunter ˇ Lisa Lardy ˇ Steve Bye

Friday February 6, 2009, 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday February 7, 2009 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Minneapolis Photo Center, 2400 North Second Street, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN
Please come. You might discover something. One– or more– of us might be famous.....someday.
For additional information please contact Clare O’Neill at 651.312.0113 or visit
posted January 2009.

Angela Andrist says:
I crossed the finish line in time and completed my first documentary film. Thanks for any help or support you offered me along the way. I am pleased with how it turned out and would like to invite you to the free premiere at the Riverview Theatre in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 19, 2008. At the viewing, you'd also have a chance to cast your vote for your favorite film (which I would hope would be mine)! More details are available on the Minnesota Historical Society website.
posted October 2008.

Congratulations to Jeff Morgan of His 2006 image of the Stone Arch Bridge has been accepted into the Fine Arts Competition of the Minnesota State Fair. Acceptance is quite an accomplishment: out of more than 700 entries in the photography division, only 118 were accepted.
posted September 2006.

Jeff Morgan of is the May winner and the 2006 Grand Prize winner in the REALVIZ Creative Panorama Competition his HDR image of the Stone Arch Bridge.

This ... image of the Stone Arch Bridge ... was taken from the deck of the Mill City Museum, shortly after sunset on 3/2/2006. [It] is a stitch of 3 images (each... made up of three images/exposures HDR (High Dynamic Range)) so 9 images in total .... taken on a Canon 5D digital Camera with about 24mm on the zoom lens.

The judges comments were: “Absolutely stunning. Great subject, great lighting and great stitching. A truly wonderful image.”

Congratulations Jeff!
posted August 2006.

Congratulations to Dick Kain: the June 2006 winner in the REALVIZ Creative Panorama Competition with an monochrome infrared photo of the Twin Cities area.

Here is a 360 degree panorama constructed in Photoshop using a filter I wrote that corrects distortions arising from the camera's geometry, and then merging the images by hand. This image was constructed from about 12 images taken with a Nikon D70S modified to take infrared images. The pictures were taken atop an old water tower, which does not permit one to use a fixed tripod; in fact, you have to walk around to the openings. All the images were taken hand-held. The skyline of Minneapolis, MN, is in the center.

The judges comments were: “A nicely done 360 taken under difficult circumstances that works beautifully. IR is a great medium for a different interpretation of reality.”
posted August 2006.

Tanya Villano ... Harvest Moon Coffee Shop, St. Louis Park ... March – May 2006
The Harvest Moon coffee shop in St. Louis Park will be displaying some of my photographs for a few weeks... the “show” goes up March 1st and will be displayed through the end of May. I’ll be hanging out there from 6–8 on Wednesday evening, if you would like to stop in... The cafe is celebrating their one year anniversary and it’s one of my favorite coffee hangouts.

Harvest Moon CoffeeHouse       5101 Minnetonka Blvd       St. Louis Park       952.922.2739

Peg Woellner – Minneapolis Star and Tribune – Dec 11, 2005

Peg’s image Foggy Winter Morning is on the weather page.

Fairy  Bridge    ŠScott Moncrieff Scott Moncrieff – Minneapolis Star and Tribune – December 4, 2005

Scott Moncrieff’s photo Fairy Bridge can be found on page 2 of the Travel section of Sunday’s StarTribune. A woodland area on Scotland’s west coast is home to this somewhat–secret fairy bridge. Only locals in Glen Creran know about it, and it’s hard to find. He and his brother spent half a day last May searching. It’s up a steep path, all overgrown with ferns and bluebells, and there were waterfalls all around it. It was a great find!" Locals say the moss’covered bridge — about 2 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet across — is a Victorian folly.