This Month's Artist Exhibition


April in the Gallery


National Parks Art + Beyond:  Journey of an Artist In Residence

Photography by Marilyn Feather

April 428, 2018

Meet the Artist Opening Reception Friday, April 6, at 7pm9pm

My photographic passion is all about the landscape. I enjoy being outdoors embracing nature and photographing the land. Becoming part of nature is a personal goal with human meaning and emotions of awe, joy and serenity. Seeing a beautiful landscape inspires me to be creative. Ultimately, my goal is to help preserve our lands for future generations to enjoy and explore. 

Marilyn has always had a passion for photography (with dreams of traveling) since her grade school years. Fast forward to ten plus years ago, when she immersed herself in photography and attended classes at her local community college, learning the technical and darkroom aspects of photography.

She quickly found her niche in Landscape Photography and was selected as an Artist-in-Residence at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (where she realized her dream of becoming an Artist-in-Residence); Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (where she had a bear visit her lodge at 3 a.m.); Artist-Wilderness-Connection (where she took a four-hour/one-way trail horse ride to the top of Bruce Mountain); and a Visiting Guest Artist at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve presenting a program and field workshop surrounded by the Dunes.

Nineteenth-century photographers and painters inspired Congress to pass legislation protecting and preserving America's lands for the enjoyment of all. Their work helped to establish many of our National Parks. Through the eyes of these visionary artists, profound impact was made in the way visitors view, use and enjoy these natural resources. Marilyn continues the work of those Artists by interpreting these iconic landscapes within our National Parks with contemporary techniques using the land’s scenic and natural elements for inspiration.  She translates the National Parks purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, in her images to bring visitors new insights, enjoyment and understanding.

As an Artist-in-Residence, her ongoing campaign of combining Art, and the enjoyment of the great outdoors, creates a sense of mission and purpose for her “Find your Park through Art” platform, which encourages artists and citizens of all ages to find their parks through Art!  Being outdoors and embracing nature enhances the meaning of life because we become a part of something bigger than ourselves.

This Gallery Exhibit showcases her National Parks Art + Beyond:  Journey of an Artist In Residence to foster a real love and respect for our National Parks.

Artist Residencies 

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (September 2017), Visiting Artist presenting Field Workshop; 

Artist Wilderness Connection, Kalispell, Montana (September 2016), Artist Talk and Field Workshop (May 2017); 

Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, Lovell, Wyoming (October 2015), participated in 'Find Your Park through Art' leading a sunrise and afternoon hike for the general public to photograph in Bighorn Canyon. 

Agate Fossil Bed National Monument, Harrison, Nebraska (August 2014), presented slide program 'Photographing the Landscape' and photography walk in the Monument. 

Education & Training 

Photography Certification, Oakland Community College (3 classes needed for certificate) 

Studied with Monte Nagler, a nationally accomplished photographer, writer, and lecturer 

Oakland University, Paralegal Certificate (5/15) 

Oakland Community College, Associates Degree 1983 

Oakland University, B.A. Business Administration (Junior Standing) 

Creative Works/Awards/Published Works/Exhibits 

Our National Parks Exhibit, Crooked Tree Art Center (Summer 2017); 

Photography '17 Exhibit, Lawrence Street Gallery (April 2017); 

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, AIR Gallery, Lightning; 

Bighorn Canyon AIR Gallery, 
Devils Canyon Overlook; and 

State of Wyoming Museum, Ewing-Snell Historical Ranch; 

Motor City Camera Club, photography competitions: advanced winner of various digital awards in Nature, Color General, Creative Color and Monochrome; 

Greater Detroit Camera Club Council, photography competitions: winner of various digital awards in Nature, Color General, Creative Color and Monochrome; 

Road Trip to Scholarship, Michigan Paralegal, Issue 1, 2014 Edition (with State Capitol building image). I am a recipient of the State Bar of Michigan?s Paralegal Scholarship for 2013-2014. 

Honorable Mention Recipient, Artists at Work, Chrysler Corporation 2007-2008 Juried Work Exhibition for Chrysler Employees (four images chosen from 1,869 entries) (juried art show sponsored by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center). Images exhibited through Chrysler Corporation's traveling exhibit for a year. 

Photography Associations 

Member and Coordinator for Michigan & Wisconsin of National Photography Enthusiasts Group (NPEG) for the past 4 years, their motto is Teach, Learn, Share and Socialize. Coordinated and lead spring and fall photography trips in Michigan (2014 & 2015). 

Founding Member of FotoJunkies Photography Group with a goal to bring photographers together to share their passion for photography and travel. I have coordinated lead this group on photography trips to Hocking Hills and Mansfield Historical Prison, both in Ohio. 

Member and former officer of Motor City Camera Club (affiliated with Greater Detroit Camera Council) I have enjoyed opportunities to learn new tools and corroborate with fellow photographers in the World of Photography. I have lead camera club members on photography trips to Michigan's Western, Eastern and Northern Lighthouses, Pictured Rocks and Porcupine Mountains. 


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