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10th Annual Beargrease Gallery Portrays Best of Past

Jan 21, 2020 02:27PM ● By Editor

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Curator, Kyle Krohn standing with one of the photographers on opening day of Great Lakes Aquarium's Beargrease gallery Sunday.  Photo: WDIO-TV

By Emily Ness of WDIO-TV - January 20, 2020

Memories depicting some of the most meaningful moments of Beargrease Marathon's past were displayed in the form of pictures and paintings at Great Lakes Aquarium Sunday.

The gallery of images will be open to the public from Jan.19 to March 8. It features 20 artists and nearly 50 works.

Curator, Kyle Krohn has been photographing the marathon for 30 years. He says that in addition to the public, many of the mushers are amazed by the images displayed.

“They like the fact that they get immortalized in print and it’s been fun. In the past few years, I usually have my four by six proof prints with me and I’ll stop and talk to them at the start and hand them a packet of prints,” Krohn said.

Krohn showcased a couple of his own photographs in the gallery as well.

“Everybody got to hang two and the winners of the Beargrease photo contest from last year are here,” Krohn said.

This is the 10th year Great Lakes Aquarium has showcased pictures and paintings on behalf of the race. Krohn says organizers are looking towards the future.

"I'm trying to open the show up to kids because obviously that's the future of the photographic industry and that's the future of mushing—get more kids involved,” Krohn said. “And I’d like to get more Native Americans involved. You know, they’ve got a good, rich art history and John Beargrease was Native American.”

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