OSWEGO — Oswego State Downtown will open an exhibition Feb. 15, of photographs by Baldwinsville artist Jeanne C. Lagergren.
“The Nature of Things” exhibition will feature a free public artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 at the downtown branch of the College Store and gallery, corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. The display will run through March 22.
“My love of nature came from growing up on Long Island’s Great South Bay,” said Lagergren, a watercolorist and photographer who has a collection of 132 cameras, including her mother’s, father’s and her own first cameras. “Picture postcard vistas of water, sand dunes and glorious sunsets were a creative inspiration for me. Using my camera for taking reference photos for my watercolor paintings, the balance shifted from brushes and paint to camera and film.”
During a 38-year career in the graphic arts with Carrier Corp., her own company Checker Graphics and Xerox Corp., Lagergren often has entered photographs and watercolors in “On My Own Time” shows, and six of her works have been selected for display at the Everson Museum of Art. She twice won “People’s Choice” awards in the competition.
Her paintings and photography also have appeared at the New York State Fair, Liverpool and Mundy branches of Onondaga County Public Library, Altered Spaces and Sparky Town restaurant.
“The digital era came, my love for photography grew, and wanting to learn more I joined the Syracuse Camera Club in 2011,” Lagergren said. “Viewing the work of its talented members has been both an educational and rewarding experience.”
Among other awards, the club honored Lagergren in 2012-13 with a first-place Print Merit Award and a first-place Digital Merit Award, both in the entry-level division, and a second- and third-place award for Print of the Year.
She also received a “Feminist in the Graphic Arts” award from the Central New York chapter of the National Organization for Women.
Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about this and other SUNY Oswego art exhibitions, contact Tyler Art Gallery at 315-312-2113.