Wykoff showing off its faces with new exhibit

Published 10:22 am Friday, August 30, 2013

Wykoff residents Gerald, Irene and Linda Jacobsen. -- Photo by Tony Calabrese

Wykoff residents Gerald, Irene and Linda Jacobsen. — Photo by Anthony Calabrese

The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee, the Wykoff Historical Society, and the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative invite the public to attend the Facing Wykoff opening reception and exhibit unveiling on Sept. 1.

Facing Wykoff is a public art display of approximately 60 photographs of Wykoff residents taken by Spring Valley photographer Anthony Calabrese.

The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Wykoff Community Center and downtown Wykoff, and is free and wheelchair accessible. The photographs will fill the storefronts on the central block of Wykoff’s Gold Street for the month of September, making the town a free and accessible art gallery of sorts. The public is invited to share reflections on the exhibit in a story journal that is part of the display.

Because Facing Wykoff displays just 60 of the more than 700 photographs taken by Calabrese, the opening reception at the Community Center will include a slide show of a wider variety of the images. Those interested in an exhibit keepsake may purchase a CD of the slideshow prints from Kelmar Studios, a new Wykoff business.

There will be a closing event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Wykoff Community Center.

The activity is possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council because of a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.