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Photographer gives nature new meaning

"The goal is to share a common interest as well as help each other grow and improve," said Preston. "We have people who range from just been given their first digital camera and don't know how to use it beyond turning it on, and other people who have been photographing for 50 or 60 years."

This diversity in both skill and style is what led to the club's first art display last year. It was so successful that the library specifically saved the same block of time this year, so they could do it again.

The Jonesville Store's gallery is somewhat of a secret, mostly discovered through word-of-mouth since the building is best known as a restaurant. Keeping with the local and homegrown attitude the restaurant abides by, co-owner Jean Travis said transforming the upstairs to a gallery for local artists was second nature for her.

"It's pretty much a loft upstairs it dates back to 1850 and we're not about to change anything structurally. We can't put seating upstairs because of fire code so it seemed logical the space is so bright and airy and is really screaming for something like this. People walk around and hang out up there and has brought good traffic for the restaurant," said Travis.

The gallery started showing on Feb. 1 and each show spans six weeks. Now into its third batch, the "bubbly and brownies" opening reception is Sunday, May 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.

"There's been incredible talent, all ages, from extremely professional to the amateurish in any body of work. People just need a place to put their stuff out there and get some confidence," said Travis, an artist and recently retired humanities studio art teacher. "This is in my blood kids are involved by learning gallery etiquette. It's like a big family and a very eclectic mix; potters, painters, photographers."

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