I’m utterly thrilled–and a little shy–to announce my 1st-ever photography exhbition, “Ain’t That America Somethin’ To See,” comprised of photos I shot while stormchasing.
The show will open at the Bluff Country Artists’ Gallery in Spring Grove, MN, on Saturday, May 18, 2013. First I get to do an author/ photographer presentation, sponsored by the Spring Grove Public Library, at the Spring Grove Theater at 2 P.M. Then there’s the exhibit, opening at 3 P.M., at the gallery, where there’ll be a meet, greet & signing. And those of you who have so kindly said over the past few years that you’d buy my photos–now you can.
How fun is that?
Spring Grove, MN is where my great-grandfather, Frank Joerg, met my great-grandmother, Anna Foss. He was a professional photographer, traveling from town to town to take people’s portraits. Anna was working as a waitress/ barmaid in the Ballard House, then a hotel, now a Norwegian Heritage Center in Spring Grove. Frank was captivated. He stayed.
So the location of the show is extra-meaningful to me.
My grandfather on my dad’s side, Joseph G. Blum, was also a professional photographer.
I feel a little greedy branching out into images when I’ve had so much luck writing, but I hope this show pays homage to Frank and Joe.
And it is also for all of you who have encouraged me in photography as well as writing. At the risk of sounding like a PBS telethon, your support means everything! I started taking photos while on the road researching THE STORMCHASERS, then while writing THE STORMCHASERS, then while on tour for THE STORMCHASERS. I consider myself so lucky to have seen parts of the country most of us never see, tucked away as they are in the grand wide-open spaces that are so hard to get to. To have seen Nature’s mightiest and most frightening displays. I began sharing the images on Facebook, and thanks to your encouragement, I got hooked on it. Now I have an exhibit.
If you are anywhere near SE MN on May 18, please come visit them! And me. The exhibit coincides with Spring Grove’s Norwegian Heritage Fest, Syttende Mai, so I may be presenting in my Viking helmet. In case you needed additional incentive.