Nearly two years ago, at the suggestion of Lori Moilanen, our club took on this project. With her guidance and the help of the Wisconsin DNR and The Prairie Enthusiasts many of our members captured images in group outings and on their own. As images came in for our galleries, I was blown away by the diversity of flora and fauna that was photographed and by the quality of images. Since then poster-sized images were installed on the buildings at Belwin Conservancy, and a collection of 23 canvas prints have been exhibited at the Phipps and at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. Shortly they will be on exhibit at Croixdale, a senior living facility in Bayport. A new exhibit has recently been installed at Belwin Conservancy, replacing the ones from 2017. We lost our project manager last year when Lori retired and moved to the state of Washington.
The project has been an overwhelming success, having met and surpassed its goals. I am thankful for all the members who contributed their time and talents. I am especially thankful for the help of Betty Bryan who worked with me last fall to make selections for the canvas prints that have been on exhibit. Marianne Diericks is also deserving of special thanks, as well as Ginny Gaynor. The knowledge shared and time given by these three ladies has been invaluable.
One of the final pieces of the project was a photo essay that I entered in N4C this spring. It competed with 15 other entries and was awarded second place. Since the rules for N4C did not allow for attribution of the photographers and because of the time limit, I’ve made a longer version that you can view here. Note: the only high-resolution images available for the exhibits and photo essay were the ones that Lori shared with me.
It’s a wrap!
Working together and sharing information resulted in a worthy project, indeed. It’s time to put this to bed, though, so project pages and image galleries will be removed by the end of June. Take the time now for a look at what we’ve accomplished. Galleries link.