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A way to give back

January 22, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

MARSHALL - Roger Schroeder of Marshall wanted to find a new way to have people see his photography and do something good at the same time.

Schroeder's photography will be on display through February at the Daily Grind in downtown Marshall.

But it is more than just an exhibit; it's a silent auction fundraiser for the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council.

"I wouldn't do this just to show my photography," Schroeder said.

Schroeder said the MAFAC staff and volunteers will help out with the silent auction, which is set for sometime in February.

Schroeder said the exhibit consists mostly of nature shots, and as an avid birdwatcher, a couple are of different kinds of birds.

"There's some in the backyard, there's a smattering of places," Schroeder said. "When I'm out birdwatching, I see something else that catches my attention."

Some are photos he took last spring while on a trip to Florida. He captured a whimbrel, a shore bird, standing in a relaxed mode while another bird is flying off in the background. Another is of a sanderling scratching its head.

The best advice he's ever gotten on taking photographs, Schroeder said, is to "know your subject and wait for them to do something interesting."

"Like when they're making alarm calls or getting ready for flight," Schroeder said about snapping photos of birds. He also took a photo of a red-shouldered hawk snapping its wing out in a defensive posture.

In the last year or so, Schroeder's been looking for ways to share his photography. He said he has a friend in Bemidji who runs a homeless shelter and got a grant to build a new one. The artists in the community did an art drive to raise funds for the shelter.

Schroeder thought it would be a good idea to do something similar in Marshall, use art to raise money for a cause.

"MAFAC was a natural choice to make," Schroeder said. "It's kind of a nice way to give back."

Schroeder is also encouraging those who bid on his photos at the silent auction to hang them up in public spaces, or offices and waiting rooms. One of his photos in the exhibit is already going to Bemidji to be hung in the homeless shelter.

"It might be a nice way to donate something," Schroeder said. "There's a lot of things that can be done to bring joy to the community."



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