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Photography is focus of Schumacher show

By Staff | Nov 15, 2008

A reception on Thursday, Nov. 20 will kick off the “Photography of Mary Schumacher” show at the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji.

The Estherville resident will be featuring 26 of her photographs and pencil drawings from Tuesday, Nov. 18 through Saturday, Dec. 20. The photographs will be either digital or film, black-and-white or color.

Locales where the shutter was clicked include sites in the Midwest, East Coast and Great Britain.

Her camera’s eye caught cityscapes, children and ocean scenes, which are included in the show.

“I’ve always have been an illustrator, but photo realism with a pencil takes at least six months to complete.”

Instead, Schumacher said she loves the “instant gratification” from the camera’s click. “It’s a lot quicker to capture the moment with a camera.”

The artist has done pencil realism work for the past 15 years. Photography has captured her heart for the last five years.

Some of her favorite subject matter includes children, antiques, older cars and architecture.

“I have a love of history and love of children.” Her work embraces the innocence they possess and allows it to shine through.

“It’s nice to have one main show that features the aspects of my personality/interests and tells what I do and where I’ve been.”

The wife of Tim and mother to Gabrielle and Sophia, she holds five college degrees and has completed four internships. Her Studio M is located at 804 Central Ave., Estherville.

She has been a member of the Northwest Iowa Professional Photographer of America for three years. This group hosts classes and seminars for continuing education in the areas of photography, design and marketing.

“I love what I do as a career, I get to be outside in the summer, have my children and dog with me if need be and set my own hours,” she explained..

Schumacher, who has taught art and photography classes, has received awards for both her photography, illustrations and artwork. Her talent has been featured in more than 12 shows in Texas, Iowa and Nebraska.