Art in the Library

Art in the Library: The Northwoods Dance Project

“The Northwoods Dance Project” – A Photographic Exhibition Featuring the Beauty and Grace of Dance

During the months of May and June, the Presque Isle Community Library presents an exhibition of dance photography: “The Northwoods Dance Project,” a collection of over 80 photographs featuring local dance artists. Fine-art photographer Mark Schermeister has created images that showcase the unique nuances of these dancers and dance movement; his aim is to create art that showcases the beauty of the world around us, and “photograph the invisible.”

In this exhibition Schermeister showcases the transitory beauty and grace of dance and the dancers. He accomplishes this by photographing carefully choreographed instants to “Keep these fleeting performances from slipping into the past.”  He describes the Northwoods Dance Project as “My effort to depict the dance, to negate its passing quality by converting it from the performing to the visual arts. By collaborating and creating images that showcase the dancer’s unique attributes (tangible and intangible,) their beauty and grace is preserved, rather than slipping quietly into the past, and is given to future generations as artifacts that outlive us.”

Schermeister is a full-time resident of the Northwoods of Wisconsin, and an enthusiastic photographic artist. For the past 14 years as owner of Studio1761, he has been photographing dance, with the purpose of “Communicating the visible and invisible spirit of both the dancer and the dance.”

A reception with the artist and featured dancers will be held at the Presque Isle Library on May 23rd from 3 to 5 pm. The Northwoods Dance Project will run from May 1st, 2023 – June 30, 2023.