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MAC exhibit features landscape
Monroe Arts Center will hold an opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in Frehner Gallery for landscape photographer Dave Miess and for artwork exhibited by Monroe, Brodhead and Black Hawk Middle School students. This piece by Miess is called Sturgeon River. Both exhibits will be on display from March 5-28.
MONROE - The March exhibit in the Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery will feature the spectacular work of landscape photographer Dave Miess. Sometimes when people think of dramatic nature photography, they envision scenes from the west - towering mountains, desert formations, or seascapes. Though these landscapes certainly inspire great images, the upper Great Lakes region are also surrounded by majestic images of nature. With his camera lens, Oregon, Wisconsin photographer Dave Miess captures the beauty of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. His images reveal this part of the world in a unique way - both the sublime and the grand.

Miess acknowledges, "Nature moves me. To be standing on the edge of Lake Superior watching the sun rise or to be photographing a new spring flower provides me with incredible joy."

Keeping his post-capture enhancements of images to a bare minimum, he relies on the camera and his expertise as a photographic artist to make the images you see in print. That, combined with the power of the "digital darkroom," gives his photographs amazing quality and clarity, allowing viewers a glimpse into that moment when he tripped the shutter.

The Artways Youth Gallery in Wesley Hall of the Monroe Arts Center will also feature an exhibit through the month of March. This gallery will celebrate the artwork of Monroe, Brodhead and Blackhawk Middle Schools. All area students and their families are encouraged to attend the Frehner Gallery exhibit on opening night and enjoy a short gallery talk by the artist. This is a great opportunity for student artists to learn about and enjoy the work of a professional artist while showcasing their own work in the student gallery.

The opening reception for both exhibits is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery. Miess will give a short Gallery Talk at 5:15 p.m. to discuss his inspiration and techniques. This opening reception, with its refreshment table, is a free, informal, come-as-you-are event. Both exhibits will be on display from March 5-28 and can be viewed anytime during regular business hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

This exhibit has been made possible by Monroe Arts Center Corporate Underwriter, Swiss Colony and Season Media Underwriters, BIG Radio and Monroe Publishing.

Additional support for this exhibit was provided by Michael and Shelley Muranyi.