Countryside Photographers Exhibit at the Museum
Museum Photo Exhibit Impressive
Recently Seymour area residents had the opportunity to view an outstanding display of award winning photography. In an exhibit titled, “A Few of Their Favorite Things”, Randy Peterson and Steve Kemp of Seymour’s Countryside Photographers, featured a wide variety of natural wonders and unique buildings, bridges, and objects. With the assistance of Debbie Peterson, the creative trio converted the main room of the museum into an art gallery. The strategic use of lighting and black felt room dividers enhanced the aesthetic beauty and contrast of the photos.
The photography show, sponsored by the Seymour Community Historical Society, was open to the public and enjoyed by over 220 people. Bill Collar, president of the historical society, expressed gratitude to Countryside for their professional approach to make the event one to remember. “It took some encouragement from our directors to convince Countryside that local people would be interested in viewing their work. I’ve been in their studio numerous times and have always been impressed with the displays. However, seeing close to 100 pictures on display, representing years of work, really made an impression on me. Randy and Steve are community minded, talented people, and we are thrilled they agreed to display the photography. The museum staff did a great job making everyone feel welcome and providing snacks and drinks. It was a fun evening.”
People representing all age groups agreed it was fantastic to have the opportunity to see such a classy display in Seymour. A few examples from the guest book: Elizabeth Timmins, “Extraordinary! Congrats! I can feel the passion.” Donamae Kutska, “Awesome, Creative, Amazing! Mont and Sandy Kraft, “Love the display set up.” Mary and Stan Larkin, “Amazing, thank you so much for sharing. So many different subjects.” Brooke Heim, “Uncle Randy and Uncle Steve, you rock! Carla Parsons, “It was hard to pick out a favorite! Wonderful!” Amy Bucheger, “Amazing job and beautiful photos!” Dr. Tom and Leslie Hanseter, “Beautiful! Great time!
Steve Kemp is one of only 12 photographers in the world to receive all four degrees offered from the Professional Photographers of America. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association, has earned numerous awards, and had his photographs published in national magazines. Steve’s latest contribution to the museum is a contemporary 20” by 8’ panoramic photo of Seymour.
Randy Peterson is a member of the Wisconsin Professional Photographers Association Hall of Fame. He is a past president of the WPPA, and has received numerous state and national awards. In 1975, the Seymour Historical Society commissioned Randy to create a photo display from glass plate negatives. The large prints are on exhibit in the museum.
“We are looking forward to working with the Countryside staff in designing the exhibits for the new museum. They are great friends of the historical society and a tremendous resource,” said Collar.