Jan. 1, 2007

Viewfinders to host guest artist

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Viewfinders Camera Club will be hosting nature photographer Shirley Strom at the Jan. 4 meeting at the Cokato library’s Centennial Room at 7:30 p.m.

Strom is from Sartell, and after moving to their country lot and adding personal touches with gardens, bird houses, and feeder, she was able to photograph right from her own backyard.

Heidi Barberg, Viewfinder’s club secretary, saw Strom’s paintings on display in St. Cloud and was quite impressed. Later, Barberg met her at a show, and asked her if she would be willing to speak for the club.

All her life, Strom has been a photographer, but it wasn’t until 2000 when she became professional, she said. She even has a picture of herself when she was 3 years old, with a camera.

She has won several awards for her “Black Swallowtail,” which was entered into Sister Kenny’s International Art Competition in 2003 and chosen by Snyder Drug to be in its 2004 calendar.

In 2005, Strom received an honorable mention for “Winter Magic,” at Robbin Gallery in Robbinsdale.

Strom has her nature photography on sale at the Arts Coop and Gallery in the Radio City Music Hall on West St. Germain in St. Cloud.

All of her work is done digitally, which allows for better quality printing. “I love being digital and totally in charge,” she said.

Her specialty is portraits of birds and butterflies. Strom’s son said she can capture a bird’s personality.

Strom’s zoom lens allows her to get closeup to the subject without scaring it away, she said.

Strom has always had a love for nature, and through photography, she can share that passion with others.

“People have less time to appreciate the beauty of nature. Photographs allows them to enjoy nature all the time,” she said.

Strom has also written a children’s nature book, “Grandma’s Shelter Tree,” which she will have on hand at the meeting as well, she said.

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