Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mike Shupe's bird photos featured at Portage Library

HOUGHTON -- Wild bird photographs by local artist Mike Shupe are on display at the Portage Lake District Library through November. This exhibit is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Community Arts Center in Hancock and features the work of area artists with displays and occasional programs.

Anna Leppänen and her daughter, Maisa, 3, admire photographer Mike Shupe's photos of birds (linnut). Maisa, who is bilingual, learned some names of the birds in both Finnish and English; e.g., tunturipöllö is the snowy owl. Today, Maisa decorated a pumpkin during the children's story hour at the library. The children's story hour is every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

Shupe has been shooting extraordinary views of the landscape and creatures in their natural habitat for many years. These photographs provide an intimate look at the marvelous birds of the area. Shupe is an extremely patient artist and captures the graceful, elegant, cute, and comical personalities of our feathered friends in beautiful light. He is the owner of M.J. Shupe Photography and The Studio on Quincy Street in Hancock.

A closer view of Mike Shupe's photo of the snowy owl (tunturipöllö).

The exhibit is located next to the library's big, wooden double doors.

For information about library exhibits and programs, please call the library at 482-4570.

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