The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is presenting “Peonies and Players: A Photography Exhibition,” featuring the work of Kathryn Rynning and Scott DCamp, through Feb. 28 at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.

This exhibit allows the viewer “to follow Kathryn’s life-changing trip through the People’s Republic of China in search of peonies,” said Mara Hanel, art council director.

In addition, the exhibit shares special moments in athletics through DCamp, a professional photographer and print journalist.

Rynning, of Kennedy, Minn., said her photos stem from her youth, inspired by her admiration of her grandmother’s peony garden, which she helped to tend, and reading many of Pearl S. Buck’s books about China.

Rynning, who has a self-described passion for flowers, is intrigued by traveling,

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“I’m always wondering what is over the next hill," she said. "Thus, a journey to China and Tibet to look for peonies in the wild was a fulfillment of many dreams.”

DCamp’s background as an athlete and his professional photography work “are evident as he captures the perfect moment in his series of athletes in action,” Hanel said.

His photos in this collection were taken since 2017, when he was promoted to sports editor of the Thief River Falls Times, she said.

The photos in this exhibit show emotion and action, DCamp said.

“There are challenges that are unique to each sport, such as depth of field and lighting. Much like the athletes competing, I improve as the season moves along, and I do my best work in the postseason," he said.

The NWMAC Gallery hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and, at other times, when events are held at the college. To access the gallery, enter through door A. Visitor parking is free in the large end lot.

For more information, visit www.NWArtsCouncil.org. Anyone interested in exhibiting a body of work is asked to call Trey Everett at (218) 280-4917 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.