Two Eagan residents – Sharon Herland and Bill Kuhn – will have their works on display July to August at the Steeple Center in Rosemount.

A public reception for the ink visual artist and photographer will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. At the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s reception, there will be light refreshments and artist talks.

For Herland and Kuhn, they both turned to art after having full careers in day jobs they enjoyed.

Herland said after practicing law for 32 years, “no one expected this, including me.”

For Kuhn, it was entering the 2010 Rosemount Area Arts Council’s Photo Contest during ArtBlast that turned this industrial engineer for Delta Air Lines into a photographer.     

“It can be easy to go through life doing what is expected – jobs, families, social obligations,” Herland writes in her artist statement. “Then, something happens to make us look differently at what we are doing, and perhaps to do the unexpected.”

Kuhn had the same reaction after he was announced as winning first place in the 2010 Photo Contest with “Extreme Sledding.”

“It was this ‘moment’ that I realized I loved photography,” said Kuhn, who entered the image after taking photos at a family sledding excursion in Rosemount.

After that, he said he took a District 196 Community Education photography course, and then another one.

“I was hooked,” he said in his artist statement. “I started going places to take photos instead of taking photos only when I went places. This changed everything. It changed the way I looked at things, the way I saw light, the way I learned, and the many friends I’ve gained because of it. I found a community of photographers at all skill levels that shared my passion for photography. Photography has changed my life.”

Herland agrees.

“For whatever reason, perhaps many, I did not explore my creative side during those years,” she said of her time practicing law. “I did not allow myself to do something I love.

“Now I have made time in my life to work on this once-buried passion. I discovered alcohol ink and I am exploding! This medium is hard to control. Just like with people, however, you can get to know alcohol ink and learn to love it.”

Herland will have several of her alcohol ink paintings on display, featuring floral subjects.

Kuhn will have some of his cityscapes, landscapes and animal photos on display.

Kuhn said he enjoys his day job, which allows him to travel often and take photographs at the many places he’s visited.

“My passion for photography has only grown more,” he said. “There is not a day that goes by that my mind is not thinking of where to go next or what else I need to learn,” Kuhn said.

For Herland, she said lots of practice has helped her refine her skill.

“You can learn to master a technique and produce beautiful pieces of art,” she said. “I love this new chapter in my life and I look forward to many more years with my new found passion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.”

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