Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 6, 2003

Double dose of local talent to be featured in Wayzata

By Lynda Jensen

A picture is worth more than 1,000 words for professional photographer Cindy Jagodzinski, formerly of the Winsted area.

Jagodzinski, who owns CKJ Photography of Watertown, will be featuring her craft at an artist reception 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Black's Ford Restaurant in Wayzata.

The reception will be a double dose of local talent, since gifted pianist and composer Benny Weinbeck, who is also formerly from Winsted, will play at Jagodzinski's reception as well.

Jagodzinski's love of photography started during Holy Trinity High School, she said.

She graduated in 1975, and went on to earn a two-year photography degree at Willmar. She worked as an assistant photographer in Duluth and New Prague.

Her background encompasses a great deal of international influences, as well as a wide range of different formats.

Jagodzinski moved to Europe in 1981 staying until 1993, with a large percentage of her time was spent as a civilian photographer for the Corps of Engineers.

She spent one year in Minnesota then travelled to Colorado with an interest in photographing "The West" in black and white.

She freelanced for a scientific lab photographing skin test studies and General Mills.

Nowadays, Jagodzinski has a studio in her home and concentrates on wedding, family, children, and senior portraits.

She enjoys large group portraits and photo journalism, Jagodzinski said.

Those who are interested in directions to the reception may call the Black Ford at (952) 473-2940.

Tickling the ivories

Weinbeck has also been busy since he graduated from Holy Trinity.

Weinbeck is an international artist, and composes music that features mainly Latin-influenced jazz, mostly with piano based melodies, he said.

His music has been described as "romantic and provocative."

His jazz musical tastes include Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, and George Gershwin.

"I just finished recording my forthcoming CD of jazz trio standards, with Gordon Johnson and Jay Epstein and it sounds terrific," Weinbeck said.

His latest release "Solo Piano Standards" has been on the KBEM FM 88.5 playlist for more 20 weeks.

"I'm currently producing two album projects for other artists, both to be released this year," he said.

He has performed in Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.

He's been mentioned in Vogue magazine, and seen in USA Today.

He has done musical and creative consulting for all types of businesses and projects from software to film, music to promotion and web pages and sites.

Some of Weinbeck's clients include Aveda, USA Today, Public Radio International, Minnesota Public Radio, Ritz-Carlton, Hilton Hotels, General Mills, Northwest Airlines, Red Bull, and Dayton Hudson.

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