January 17 — “Bones of the Land” Photo Exhibition Opens
An opening reception for “Bones of the Land,” a photography exhibition by Washburn-based photographer Bob Gross will be held Fri., Jan. 17 4-6 p.m. at the Dexter Library at Northland College. “Bones” is an exhibition of images featuring a close up view of the rocks and minerals of the Penokee Hills.
“The collection of large-scale prints lies at the intersection between art and science, offering a unique view of the geological formations that have caused so much upheaval,” Gross said. “The exhibit represents both an exploration of light and the ways in which art can illuminate the world around us.” The exhibition will be on display through February 28.
The following are a few comments by visitors to our exhibit. They reflect the deeply held values and issues relating to this show from a variety of perspectives.
“Art is a mirror held up to life-too often we are narcissistic. It is the best artists who make us see the beauty and the flaws.”
“I cannot get enough of this exhibit. It speaks so lovingly to our home here in the north. I live in the northern foothills of the Penokees. I have raised my family here. I do not want to see it degraded by this mine that will create some temporary low paying jobs for the locals. Thank you to the artists who have contributed to this exhibit. This is maybe my 6th visit and it never fails to move me.”
“As artists – do they always have to take the purist standpoint? No one seemed to give a dam about the Penokees before – now that we can have jobs – is it a bad thing? I support mining.”
“Thank you for this wonderfully educating exhibit. It gave me much to think about and confirms my choice to live in this area. I do value it.”
The show opened at NLDC in Manitowish Waters to a sell out dinner crowd of close to 50. Frank Montano and Andy Noyes played and poet John Bates gave a brief reading. Other artists who spoke included Mary Burns, Diane Daulton and Jeff Richter. The show will be at the Center through the weekend of the Northwoods Fall Art Tour, Oct-11-13, open 10-4 daily.
All photos from this reception were provided by Kelly Randolph
Thursday evening, June 27th, the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee hosted a closing reception for the Penokee show. Over 80 people attended. The Strawberry Moon Singers performed and and speakers included the JimUrinahk and the Interfaith Earth Network. The closing reception rasied over $400 for the Bad River Tribe! Thanks to all the folks who helped set this up!