To see life as it is and not dive into a pit of despair, to find beauty everywhere, and to surrender to wonder—this is what I try to bring to my photographs. I believe that we are either lifted up or beaten down mostly by our own predisposition. Our world is filled with wonder. Is it our obsession with beauty that limits our vision? I find beauty in a weather-beaten face on an old woman, the lines and creases her testament to a life lived fully, not always joyfully, but nobly.
As an immigrant, I have a detachment difficult for those born here to attain. Perhaps only the somewhat marginalized outsider is able to step back, to detach, to gain perspective and to frame that which is there and to represent it such that we see it for the first time. The ordinary can become extraordinary, the banal sublime, the sad wonderful. It may be that in the end it’s up to us to find wonder in the ordinary even the ugly. Perhaps failing to do so is a failure of the imagination. My apartness is both the source of inspiration and the nagging voice of desperation.
My intent here is to show you what I see when I look at this wonderful world that we are fortunate to live in for a few years. We all see the same but perceive different realities. – Hans Madland
The Fountain City River Players and the City of Fountain City announce the selection of their 28th annual summer musical, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ with book & lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken. What has been dubbed “one of the most popular shows in the world” will be directed by Mike Adank and Ian Schultz. The cult classic will come to life on the Judee Brone Memorial Stage in Fountain City, Wisconsin July 26-30, 2017. Adank adds, “The excitement and fandom that surround this musical are extraordinary. It’s fun. It’s fast. It’s just a good time!”
Auditions will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday, June 17th, at the Fountain City Auditorium. More details will be announced at a later date.
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
FOUNTAIN CITY LIONS CLUB 59th ANNUAL FESTIVAL
AUGUST 4th,5th & 6th 2017
FESTIVAL BUTTON —$ 2.00
Schedule of Events: STAY TUNED!
The Fountain City Lions Club hosts its annual celebration in August. Serving up their famous charcoal chicken all weekend. Softball tournaments, live music.
Get a glimpse into the life of days gone by of this historic river city. We have a large collection of displays and one of the largest collection of arrow heads and other Native American tools in the United States. Some of these artifacts date back 20,000 years.
Like to fish Walleye’s and Bass? The Fountain City Rod & Gun Club holds its annual fishing tournament each year in conjunction with the Fountain City Lions Club festival. The tournament is held at the lower Fountain City municipal boat landing and continues to be a success with hundreds of anglers competing annually in this Mississippi river battle!
See the catch! Weigh in at 3:00PM!
Opening on August 5th, 2017
Watercolors: The View From My Kayak
I am very interested in the idea of painting with my camera – capturing the impressionistic image of light and color on the surface of water.
These images were photographed on Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota where I spent every summer of my life and where I now reside half the year. Most evenings when the water was calm I would go out on the water about twenty minutes before sunset until about twenty minutes after sunset. I usually started with a classic sunset image and then moved to the patterns created by the interplay of the sunsets reflecting on the water and the small cross-current winds blowing over the surface of the water.
Photographer Carol Erickson presents her wonderful works @ the Red Horse Gallery
More details to come.