Members in the Spotlight

Don Specht

“American Goldfinches” by Don Specht

Once again one of Don’s photos in the Spring/Summer edition of Nature’s Best Photography Magazine in the Backyard category.  He’s been published there several times before but he says it’s always a thrill, and that he’s received nice feedback from around the country.   It’s interesting because before they publish your photo you need to send them the original (RAW if shot in RAW or JPEG) to make sure you didn’t alter it beyond what their rules allow.  Nature’s Best Photography Magazine is a large-format, award-winning, showcase of nature as recorded by the world’s leading professional photographers, naturalists, adventurers, as well as new, emerging photographers. You will find images and the stories behind the shots on topics such as wildlife, landscapes, plant life, travel, how-to photo tips, inspirational essays, and winners from their international photography competitions.  Click here for more information about this wonderful magazine.



Marianne Diericks

“Monarchs in Motion: by Marianne Diericks

Marianne learned that her photo “Monarchs in Motion” was accepted for the Fine Arts Exhibition at the MN State Fair.  This was a fun surprise. She had never thought about entering anything in the state fair but she recently had an enlargement of the monarchs photo framed and the owner encouraged her to enter it.   The photography category had 1114 entries, of which 160 were chosen for a 2nd round of judging and 114 were then selected for the exhibit.

Mary Johnson

Photo by Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson has officially started a professional art career!  She will be in the Stillwater Art Guild Gallery, 402 N. Main Street, Stillwater, in the Isaac Staples Building on the north end of town.








Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Photo by Mike Chrun

Mike will have two images in the 2020 “Minnesota Weatherguide Calendar and Almanac” publications.  One will be in the Engagement Calendar and the second one will be included in phrenology pages.   More about the calendar here.







Ken Krautbauer

“Head On #2” by Ken Krautbauer

Ken and former member Jeff Bucklew have had images selected to appear in the upcoming “Confluence of Art” exhibit at the Pablo Center in Eau Claire. This is the new art center, which opened last year. It is an impressive performing and visual art center on the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers. The exhibit runs from September 13 until November 3.

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