Photo club holds show at History Center
Red Wing Photo Club members will feature “New Photography In and Around Goodhue County,” a show at the Goodhue County History Center Sept. 14 through Oct. 19.
The show’s opening reception will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Goodhue County History Center is located at 1166 Oak St.
The show features “many interests” according to Red Wing Photo Club board member Jim Martin, including portrait, landscape, wildlife, architecture and events of Goodhue County.
“We wanted to relate to the Center ‘In or Around Goodhue County,’” Martin said.
Martin and his wife, Grace Nye, have been members of the club for several years and are excited for this photo show to return to the History Center, as the club’s very first show was at the center five years ago.
“We are pleased to be going back,” Nye said. “We really encourage members to be in the show. Sometimes it is the first time they will see their photo printed on a larger scale.”
Along with capturing and sharing Goodhue County living, Martin and Nye highlighted that hanging the photographs publically allows a variety of abilities and interests to be showcased.
Since the club is positioned for both educational and social aspects, rather than being competitive, their average of 100 members includes all ages and abilities from those “wanting to learn how to use their new Christmas present to others who now own and operate their own professional photography businesses,” according to Martin.
He mentioned shows such as this are the “next step in learning about photography.”
We want to educate people to select their best photos,” he said. “It changes your attitude — you start to take yourself more seriously.”
About seven years ago, a photography club began in Red Wing as a discussion group with its first meeting taking place at the St. James Hotel.
Martin said that the room overflowed with attendees, so the next meeting was held in a bigger conference room.
“It overflowed again,” he said.
The club then started gathering at various locations until about five years ago, a board of directors was formed and a home was found at the Anderson Center.
It was around that same time the club hosted its first photo show at the History Center and has had several shows in other locations since.
Membership is open to anyone interested; fees are $35 per adult and $50 per family annually. Full-time students pay $25.
Photo Club members have free access to all activities and events as well as monthly meetings and group photo shoots.
Members also have access to the club’s professional studio for a “nominal fee,” Martin said.
Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at the Anderson Center. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting opening at 7 p.m. Martin and Nye encourage anyone interested in joining to attend.
Sign-up is also available on the club’s Web site at www.rwphotoclub.org.
The History Center’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
There is an admission fee to access the History Center, which allows visitors to tour the entire facility along with the photo show.
The cost is $5 per adults, $2 for ages 13-18. Children 12 and under are free. The first Sunday of every month is free admission.