2017-03-12 / Dining & Entertainment

Andersen Enrichment Center features photography of Gregg Barckholtz

SAGINAW Spell Bound: The Creative Photography of Gregg Barckholtz is on display now through April 21 at the Andersen Enrichment Center, 120 Ezra Rust Dr., across from Ojibway Island in Saginaw. This exhibition features a series of mesmerizing images by professional photographer Gregg Barckholtz. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Photography has long been viewed as a type of magic, leaving the viewer “spell bound” by what visual artists create from light, lens and paper. Barckholtz uses clay, chalks, latex paint, powders, plant matter, natural materials, creative lighting and posing to achieve the desired results for his Spell Bound photography.

Barckholtz said, “My goal is to create a living sculpture, when I release the shutter, I am seeing the finished image. The saddest point of the session is when I allow the subject to move and all the work that went into the sculpture is released to the floor.”

The Spell Bound series was born from a period of self-reflection and a desire to do something that would be creative and relevant. When Barckholtz realized he was creating for himself, not the judges or the critics, but for his own enjoyment, he was free to begin photographing for Spell Bound.

“I have always said that I cannot draw, paint, sculpt or throw clay. But give me a camera and a light and I can create art,” he said.

Barckholtz, an award winning photographer, began his career in 1980 when he opened Portraits by Gregg in St. Charles, later building his current studio on Midland Road in Saginaw. He earned his master of photography degree from the Professional Photographers of America, was named Michigan Photographer of the Year six times, Mid-East States Photographer of the Year, and has lectured as far away as the Philippines.

Barckholtz’s private collection has been on display at the Saginaw Art Museum during his time as an Artist in Residence, and he has had exhibits at Studio 23 in Bay City and Andersen Enrichment Center among others. Barckholtz has photographed over 10,000 sessions in the Great Lakes Bay Region, sessions that ranged from newborns to graduating seniors, to the president of Dow Chemical, to a portrait of Congressman David Camp.

Art @ the Andersen is a great opportunity for art lovers to connect with the creativity of the Great Lakes Bay Region. The project was established by the Saginaw Arts & Enrichment Commission to give area artists the opportunity to showcase their work and introduce the community to the abundant creativity in the area. Art @ the Andersen is made possible with a grant from the Maxwell K. Pribble Memorial Trust, and is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call the Saginaw Arts & Enrichment Commission at (989) 759-1363.

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