A traveling photography exhibit, “Seeing Our Cannon River Watershed,” about the Cannon River, its tributaries, human interaction and wildlife by
Mary Ellen Frame, opened June 18 at the Up Gallery at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division St., Northfield.
It will be shown in conjunction with the exhibit in the main gallery “We are Water: Watershed” and other water-related events and exhibitions happening around the state.
The artist reception and capstone event will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 12 at Up Gallery, with an artist talk at 7:30.
Frame, who has exhibited her photographs at galleries in Northfield and Faribault since 2014, has a long connection with the Cannon River, having grown up on a Waterford Township farm. She now lives five blocks from the river. Since moving into town, she’s found herself drawn to it more than ever: downtown, in Carleton’s Cowling Arboretum and on the bike/walking trails.
But there is more to the Cannon River watershed, beginning in the Shields Lake area, enlarged by innumerable tributaries along the way, notably the Straight River which comes from south of Owatonna, and providing water to a series of lakes, among them Tetonka, Sakatah, Cannon and Byllesby. The tributaries also connect many smaller lakes to the Cannon: Mazaska, Shields, Gorman and Rice, not to mention all the bogs, sloughs and marshes that are integral parts of the watershed. This wealth of water provides a rich habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities.