“Yes, this is Kansas!” is the exhibition at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art, Marysville. The exhibit opens Thursday, July 6, and closes Sunday, July 30, and features the photography of two Kansas artists, Scott Bean, Manhattan, and Eldon Clark, Jr., Minneapolis.
The display is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.
While growing up Bean and Clark spent a lot of time outdoors hunting and fishing.
“I was introduced to the wild side of Kansas at a very young age with my dad and grandma who taught me to appreciate and respect nature,” Clark said. “My dad would take me for drives in the country to see wildlife and watch storm clouds before storm chasing was popular.”
During his younger years Bean, too, learned to love being outside. “I hate to admit it, but at the time I didn’t pay much attention to the landscapes around me,” he said. “For me, my first forays into photography were an excuse to be outside and that excuse is still a major driving force for me to be behind the camera.”
Bean wants his photography to connect him to the landscape; he uses his photography to drive him to go outside. “I want to really be there when I’m outside,” he said. “Having a camera with me does make me see the world much differently than in my pre-camera days. It does make me more aware of the world around me.”
Landscape is important to Clark too. He was a graphic design major at Kansas State University, but was determined to make a living with the camera gear he bought with his high school graduation money. After college he took a job at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado shooting individual and group photos and action shots on the mountain. “I was a ski bum for a winter, but the opportunity to photograph at over 10,000 feet was priceless,” he said.
Clark was inspired by the work of Thomas Mangelsen, a legendary nature photographer originally from Nebraska. Mangelsen’s photographs taught Clark about the work it took to be at the right place at the right time. Similarly, Bean has been inspired by other photographers who make him feel like he was there in their photograph.
“That’s something I aspire to achieve with my work,” Bean said. “I want people to experience what I experienced when I clicked the shutter.”
Both Bean and Clark have had their work appear in magazines, website, brochures, calendars, advertisements, newspapers, art galleries, homes and offices.
Their photographs of Kansas will be on display in the art center’s gallery throughout the month of July.
The art center is open Thursdays 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m; Sundays 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
For information about the exhibition people may contact Angela Sutton Schmale, a board member for the arts cooperative, at 785-713-2251.