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2nd Floor Gallery Opening: Tim Rietz & Cedar River Watershed District

  • Austin ArtWorks Center 300 N Main Street North Austin, MN, 55912 United States (map)

Opening reception, everyone welcome. Meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments. 

Exhibit features art by photographer Tim Rietz and celebrating the beauty of the Cedar River Watershed District with art featuring the Cedar River submitted by area artists.

Runs April 20 to June 16.

Tim Rietz - Share the Light

May my photos enrich in you a fascination of a slice of time, place, event or pattern to create a greater sense of awe and appreciation of this day as our creator’s gift.  May the opportunity to explore nature, cultures and relationships bring about stories that are inspired and shared.

Growing up on the great plains of Devils Lake, North Dakota with my mom, dad, brother and sister, I used the family Kodak movie camera and a Brownie Box camera with flash bulbs only for special occasions.  My first SLR camera was from my medical school roommate who sold his Miranda Sensorex for $100 in 1971.  I couldn’t afford much film but remember how much clearer and more fascinating the world appeared through the lens.

After marrying my Concordia College sweetheart, Bonnie Besse, the images expanded from the wintery scenes of North Dakota to the beauty of the lakes of Minneapolis, I finished medical school and then enjoyed the majestic experiences of the Rockies and the West as we moved to Spokane, Washington for my internship.  Scrap books, cases of slides, tapes and CD’s document our subsequent travels and adventures in the mission life of Madagascar, family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and subsequent move to Austin to join the Medical Clinic in 1979 with the family expanding to three daughters.  (And now we have 7 grandchildren!)

International photo experiences and opportunities were realized as my capable spouse expanded her rolls as French teacher, Mayor and member of a number of state boards and foundations. Mystery trips with friends were fabulous photo ops for unique and fun experiences. I also enjoy multi-tasking while biking , jogging and cross-country skiing and at the same time, listening to educational podcasts but always having a camera readily accessible!

My many years of caring for the health of others impressed upon me the importance of stories to teach, inspire, and learn.  My love of the arts, the privilege to play cello in the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the joy of singing in the St. Olaf Choir enrich the stories with a musical score. 

What a privilege to each day seek the who, what, where, why and how of this praiseworthy creation through the stories and teachings of friends and family, past and present, who have shared to light the way.

It is my hope that my images help to inspire a thought, a question or a remembrance that you too may “Share the Light.”