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Gallery offers new exhibit

The city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2009 presents “As I See It,” an exhibit by Bonney Lake photographer Mike Dilbeck starting today, Wednesday, and running through June 2.

Dilbeck has shown at City Hall several times throughout the past five years. City of Enumclaw Cultural Programs Manager Gary LaTurner said his work is always fresh and interesting.

“Michael is a dedicated photographer who makes photographic moments,” LaTurner said. “His ability to seek out and find the interest in everyday life is admirable.”

“I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, but started in 1993 to do more than just take pictures of my travels,” Dilbeck said. “I wanted to do more with my images than just record where I’ve been. Since then, I’ve been continuously working to learn more about all aspects of photography and refine my skills. In 2006 I made the jump from film to digital which added to my learning curve immensely. My goal has been to capture those moments in time when nature was presenting itself in a truly magnificent way that will never be repeated exactly the same way again.

“In my travels, I’ve witnessed many exciting and wondrous things that inspired me to attempt to recreate what I see with my camera. This collection is a combination of images from Costa Rica and the Pacific Northwest.”

Dilbeck has shown work at the Cheryl Sallee Gallery, city of Auburn, city of Enumclaw, Enumclaw’s Art in the Garden, the Chrysler Jeep and Dodge Gallery in Enumclaw and the Green River Community College Enumclaw Gallery. He also was accepted in the 35th Annual National Photography Exhibition, Larsen Gallery Guild, Yakima, Wash.

“’As I See It,’ is a collection of images that reflects how I see the world,” Dilbeck said of his Gallery 2009 show. “My subjects range from wide angle landscapes to close ups of flowers, from traditional to impressionistic. They represent some of the things that have captured my undivided attention, and reminded me of just how wonderful and precious our natural world truly is.”

The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 15 at City Hall.

Gallery 2009 is located in the Council Chambers at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Hours for the exhibition space are 8 a. m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesday of each week for municipal court proceedings. For information, contact the Enumclaw Cultural Programs office at 360-802-0239.

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