Annual Decoy Show and Wildlife Exhibit
Brad Anderson Photography
Fish decoys by Larry Lange, Brad Lange, and John Peeters
July 7-31, 2021
We are proud to feature in our Gallery the wildlife photographs of Brad Anderson of Ottertail and fish decoys by Larry Lange, Brad Lange, and John Peeters. This artwork will be on display July 7-31, 2021. Gallery and Gift Shop hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-7, Fridays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-3.
A reception will be held on Wednesday July 21 from 5-7pm at the NYM Cultural Center Gallery (24 Main Ave N in NYM) and will include a presentation by photographer Brad Anderson, as well an artist talk by decoy artists John Peeters and Brad Lange (Brad Lange’s attendance is currently tentative). Join us as Brad Anderson presents more photos and discusses his photo adventures from 5:30-6pm, followed by John Peeters discussing his decoys and other artwork. Light refreshments available. Free to attend and open to all!
Brad Anderson’s photographs include breathtaking images of birds, animals and landscapes. In his artist statement Brad says: “Driving the back roads of Minnesota provides me with countless opportunities to photograph the native wildlife. Some of my favorite locations include East Leaf Lake, Fergus Falls, North Ottawa Impoundment, Sax-Zim Bog, the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Portage, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. My camera travels with me everywhere as some of the best opportunities come at the most unexpected times. I am an avid outdoorsman that enjoys waiting quietly in a blind or ghillie suit, wading through shallow water in a floating photography blind, or driving thousands of miles a year on gravel roads looking for wildlife.”
The display of handmade fish decoys are by local decoy artists Larry Lange and Brad Lange of Perham, and John Peeters of rural New York Mills. These beautifully created decoys range from traditional to whimsical that show the artists’ skill and attention to detail. Whether you are an avid decoy collector, an angler, a painter, or enjoy wood carving, you will thoroughly enjoy the skill and craftsmanship of these decoys.
Unfortunately the decoy world lost a world-class talent this month when Larry Lange passed away in Perham, MN. Please join us in expressing our depest sympathy to Larry’s family, including his son and fellow decoy artist, Brad Lange.
This Gallery exhibit is a great example of our organizational vision to “celebrate the local” including local artists as well as our local fishing and wildlife culture. Otter Tail County is filled with incredible outdoor wildlife and recreation, and fishing is part of New York Mills’ DNA as the home of Lund boats. This show celebrates the intersection of local art, wildlife, and fishing culture through the work of this talented photographer and decoy artists.
This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
This show is free and open to the public. Gallery and Gift Shop Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10-7, Fridays 10-5 and Saturdays 10-3. Private viewing and tours can be arranged by contacting Cheryl Bannes at 218-385-3339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.