Private family moments are featured in the new photo exhibit on display at the Dacotah Prairie Museum.
The work of Marianne Marttila-Klipfel, who is assistant curator at the museum as well as a prolific photographer and mother of four daughters, is the focus of “Family in Focus: Moments Captured.”
The show totals 31 framed colored and black/white photographs exploring the wisdom, lifestyles and many events typically associated with family life.
One photo, “Childhood's Carefree Dance,” “invites us into the twirling rhythm of two young girls in light dresses and gossamer wings shot with the dramatic intense sun of a summer's day,” according to a news release.
“Our Last Goodbye to Finnish Grandma,” meanwhile, “presents a poignant visual moment outside of a tiny lit church revealing a casket concealed with lush roses and greens which are frozen by a blanket of twilight snow.”
Marttila-Klipfel learned the lessons of stability, hard work and an appreciation for the land while growing up on a 100-year-old farm near Frederick. Roots and culture were taught especially by her Finnish mother, who appreciated the way different people live, think and interact.
Photography was a natural fit for the artist. “How often have we looked at old family photos and wondered what must have life been like back then? Let's also realize that someone, someday, will look at our ‘captured moments’ with similar sentiment,” she said. “It is my hope that the photos displayed give viewers pause, a chance to recall special moments in their lives and motivation to capture their own treasures on film or memory card.”
The exhibit, which is Marttila-Klipfel’s first art showing at the museum, runs through Sept. 18 in the Dacotah Gallery, on the museum's second floor.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.