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Lois Enger photography to be featured in Ray Frederick Gallery

By Staff | Oct 17, 2017

MARSHALLTOWN – Retired Marshalltown Community College Computer Science Faculty Lois Enger will share a display of her photography in MCC’s Ray Frederick Gallery, room 306, on the Marshalltown Community College campus. The Enger photography exhibit opens with a reception from 12:15 to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and will be on display through noon Friday, Nov. 3.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of MCC’s Ray Frederick Gallery.

“I’m just an amateur who enjoys photography,” Enger says modestly. “When I was a kid I couldn’t do much physical stuff, so my parents encouraged art, and they bought me my first camera. I have tried different art media over the years, but I always go back to photography. Now I also have fun manipulating digital photos, but I always explain the digital effects on the photo labels. I don’t want to mislead anyone, but I really like the different effects I can create on the computer.”

As a lifelong “computer techie,” Enger appreciates that digital photography and digital photo manipulation are newer fields that bring together two of her favorite subjects, computers and photography. “It’s changing the world and the way we look at it,” she maintains.

Enger takes photos of anything that interests her, and she maintains thousands of photo files dating back decades. Keeping it all organized is one of her greatest challenges. She uses a Canon Rebel but “no fancy lenses,” and still has her first digital camera, a Sony with a four-inch screen.

“Most of my favorite photos are nature-themed,” Enger says. “I don’t do much with people because I don’t like it when people ‘pose.’ Out on the road, I can take 800 photos and have just one favorite that stands out, which is why my walls at home are so full!”

As an educator, Enger loves to encourage others to pursue photography. Her daughter and granddaughter are both photographers.

“I want people to know THEY can do this,” says Enger. “It’s just not difficult to get into photography and have fun with it. Everyone has talents that they can discover, so I hope this inspires others.”

Enger’s photography has been exhibited on the art wall at the Wild Rose Casino, but the MCC Ray Frederick Gallery will be her “first real gallery show.” Now a resident of Emmetsburg, Enger is a member of the Palo Alto County Arts Council. Although retired, she continues to teach computer science part time for both Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Lakes Community College.

The Ray Frederick Gallery is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.