At our Wednesday, March 3 meeting, Chap Achen will share a program that will consist of images from his artist in residence stay in Quzhou, China. It will include a brief history of the artist exchange program, which goes back to the 1942 raid on Tokyo by the Doolittle Raiders flying B-25’s off the USS Hornet and subsequent rescue of the flyers in China. He will present a present a video highlighting images of the trip and follow up with additional background info of the images and he will take comments and questions from the club. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and a link to the meeting will be sent to all members that morning.
“I have been photographing for over 60 years; my father was a professional photographer and introduced me to the darkroom and the enjoyment that comes from making traditional images with film and silver papers. Much of my earlier work was primarily done in black and white, But for the last twenty years digital technology has allowed me the opportunity to work in both color and black and white. Combining texture, patterns, light and dark tones, and using good compositional elements, I try to create photographs that you will enjoy and remember. For the past 30 years I have been actively engaged with the Arts Community in Red Wing and have served on its board of directors for much of that time. I have had the good fortune to participate in several programs that Red Wing Arts initiated, and am grateful for those experiences. In 2015 through the Anderson Center in Red Wing, I spent one month in Salzburg, Austria as their artist in residence. In 2018 I spent one month as an exchange artist in Red Wing’s sister city of Quzhou, China.
“I maintain a gallery and studio in my home here in Red Wing. My work can be seen in numerous public institutions and buildings throughout Red Wing as well as exhibitions at the Red Wing Arts gallery in the Historic Railroad Depot and at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts.”
For more opportunity to view Chap’s work you can visit his website at www.chapachenphotography.com