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Lake Michigan Photography Exhibit at Heller

5/13/19 – Heller Nature Center is showcasing a unique Lake Michigan photography exhibit by Paul Lucas now through June 27, 2019.    “Lake Michigan Low Tide” is a collection of photographs taken by Lucas in 2012 at Rosewood Beach during low tide.  The images were crafted to depict the steadfastness of Lake Michigan and its ever-changing moods which transform this majestic body of water and its coastline into living art.   

“I hope these photographs inspire an awareness of Lake Michigan’s beauty and a call to action to protect the Great Lakes and our shared environment,” said Lucas.

Paul Lucas is a midwestern-born landscape photographer who moved to Evanston in 1992 and was stunned by the enormity of Lake Michigan. Paul developed a deep appreciation of the Lake after taking up photography in 2012.

Inspired by an old Life magazine article about Ansel Adam’s experience in creating Moonrise Over Hernandez, Lucas heard the siren call of fine art photography. He was fortunate to find an inspiring teacher and mentor at the Morton Arboretum and spent the next year studying and honing his craft with the renowned fine art landscape photographer Will Clay. Lucas has continued to hone his craft and artistic vision through on-going work and attending workshops with Alan Rokach and Doug Beasley. His work has been displayed at the Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Will Clay also encouraged Lucas to consider teaching photography.  He started a teaching career three and half years ago and has been most recently teaching photography at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Lucas’s work focuses on nature and landscape areas “close to home” in DuPage and Lake Counties, showing that great art can be created anywhere, especially given the natural treasures to be found throughout the Cook, DuPage, and Lake County Forest Preserves and the ever-patient Lake Michigan shoreline. He hopes he inspires others to express themselves creatively while becoming more attuned to the environment.  

Heller Nature Center is located at 28121 Ridge Road.  The “Lake Michigan Low Tide” display is open Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm.

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