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Meet Featured Gallery Artist: Rick McCleary

Come meet this month's featured gallery artist Rick McCleary and browse his works on display!

Rick is a professional photographer who has been documenting for over 30 years. He has worked with with clients ranging from bankers and builders to miners and the military. 
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"When I was 9, my grandmother sat me down next to her on the family farm in Iowa. With a Queen Anne’s Lace in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other, she invited me to share with her the marvel of the flower.

“Come boy, look at this. Each individual flower is perfect; it takes hundreds to make up a single bloom. Some see a weed, I see a beautiful flower. Weeds are only plants that grow where you don’t want them.”

With that simple lesson, my grandmother revealed how to entertain two seemingly contradictory ideas at once. On one hand, there’s the pragmatic: weeds are the enemy; they cut into crop yield on the farm – it’s money out of pocket, food out of mouths. On the other hand, there’s seeing things for what they are: weeds are beautiful; they’re worth pausing to look at. Awareness of the moment is significant in its own right.

Making photographs, for me, is documenting that moment of awareness.
Artifacts from the real world.
What the memory of being there looks like.

I put a frame around things and say,
“I saw this…

Grandma lived to 104.
Maybe there’s something to it: pausing to look."
-Rick McCleary

Earlier Event: October 6
Art for All
Later Event: October 6
Family Movie Night