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Art gallery features photographs by photography instructor Michael Wewer

Michael Wewer Grand Tetons 9/16/2013

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Edmonds College’s art gallery features work by its own photography instructor Michael Wewer this fall. His exhibit, “Wild Spaces of the Northwest,” opens Sept. 27 and shows through Dec. 13 in the college art gallery, third floor Lynnwood Hall, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

The exhibit features black and white photographic images that radiates beyond Wewer's home in Seattle. The landscape images are from locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.

Wewer's work represents pristine areas while providing a person a sense of place. The images instill gratitude for the remaining number of vast places to escape.

Wewer reminisced about a hiking trip to Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park during his college years. "As we passed over a hillside, there were a score of deer," Wewer recalled. "It was one of those moments where there was a slight dusting of snow and you really didn't want to disturb the scene. This is the meaning behind a sense of place. It encompasses what you see, smell, and hear."

Wewer said that producing the images using film — versus digital images — increases the amount of concentration in terms of the scene, composition, and exposure.

"There is more gratification in creating the end product using the darkroom process," Wewer said. "You are able to watch the image develop before your eyes."

Wewer has taught photography at Edmonds College for more than 10 years. He is a former Edmonds CC student and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Western Washington University.

A reception with the artist will be 4-6 p.m., Fri., Oct. 18 in the college art gallery.

The gallery is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, and 1-5 p.m., weekends.

For more information about the exhibit, call 425.640.1744 or go to www.edmonds.edu/gallery. For directions to the college, see www.edmonds.edu/campus.

Edmonds College offers a variety of opportunities to study visual arts. Register now for fall quarter. Classes start Sept. 23 and the quarter ends Dec. 12. Call 425.640.1459, email info@edmonds.edu, or go to www.edmonds.edu/getstarted. See the complete class schedule at www.edmonds.edu/schedule.