Art on Exhibit

St. Croix Reflections
Gary Noren

Atrium & Corridor Galleries | June 25 – July 23, 2017


“St. Croix Reflections” is both a connecting theme for a group of photographs of the St. Croix River and an apt name for the month I spent at Pine Needles as a 2016 Artist in Residence. The Pine Needles cabin, donated to the St. Croix Watershed Research Station by James Taylor Dunn, is perched high on a sandstone cliff overlooking the southernmost tip of Greenberg Island. Here I watched the river flood, crest and recede, all in the month of July, 2016. Here I had an intimate view of the river and her inhabitants – the herons, frogs, muskrats, red squirrels, hummingbirds, dragonflies – who shared the river. And here I had the gift of uninterrupted time to watch, listen, and photograph.

I was born in St. Croix Falls and have spent most of my life in the St. Croix River watershed where I have had the opportunity to work as a teacher and environmentalist, both professionally and as a volunteer. I currently serve on the board of the St. Croix River Association, as its past chair. I am most at peace in a canoe on the St. Croix or Namekagon. Photography helps me focus and see more clearly that which I love. It gives me great pleasure to share my photographs with non-profits in this region, with my friends and family, and now – with you. Several photos included in this show were taken in other seasons and in other parts of the lower St. Croix Riverway (south of Hwy 8). Many more photos can be found at my website:

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