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Bodling mezzanine display continues in July

Aaron Bodling is exhibiting a collection of recent photographs at Decorah Public Library in June and July.
When Jul 01, 2009 10:00 AM to
Jul 07, 2009 08:00 AM
Where in the Mezzanine
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Aaron Bodling is exhibiting a collection of recent photographs at Decorah Public Library in June and July. A reception for Bodling will be held Tuesday June 23, 7-8 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the library. The public is invited to come and meet the artist, view the show, and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC).


The exhibit is a small sample of Bodling’s work: a collection of photographs that showcase animal portraiture and local flora. Bodling has been creating visual art for about ten years, citing his first encounter with the work of Ansel Adams as the impetus for delving into the darkroom. He explains, “Photography has been evolving with technology ever since [photography] was invented and most of us are lucky if we can keep up at all! I enjoy using some of the older and newer technologies together, by capturing images with a digital camera and then printing negatives to use with a solar print, or shooting with an older film camera and scanning the negatives for digital manipulation and printing. I often find even more creative energy in the editing or printing process than I do in the process of shooting images.”


Bodling studied music and art at Luther College and has worked as a musician, a freelance photographer, and as resident wine and beer snob at the Oneota Community Co-op. He has exhibited his work at Luther College and ArtHaus in Decorah, as well as in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, New York, and Connecticut.


In the future, Bodling would like to expand his work to include more portraiture and more collaborative projects, especially with is partner, sculptor Jenna Haug, and their children. The two plan to explore different ways that parents can create art with their children.


The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery has been a joint project of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah Area Regional Arts Council (DRAC) since 1998. The Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm.


Anyone interested in exhibiting artwork in the Gallery should contact Ellen Macdonald at or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.