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'Best in Show' Minnesota artist to return to Grand Cities Art Fest, exploring nature with photography

A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature. Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in...

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A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature. Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks. Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography.
  Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said. "The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2593951","attributes":{"alt":"Doug Cummelin. Submitted Photo.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"469"}}]] For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said. Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there. Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that. "You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery." Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593832","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]]   "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said. Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show. "I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said. Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her. As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature. Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks. Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593829","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"240","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]]   Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said. "The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota.
 For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said. Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there. Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that. "You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery." Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593832","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]]   "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said. Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show. "I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said. Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her. As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature. Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks. Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593829","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"240","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]]   Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said. "The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2593951","attributes":{"alt":"Doug Cummelin. Submitted Photo.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"469"}}]] For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said. Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there. Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that. "You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery." Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography.
  "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said. Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show. "I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said. Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her. As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature.Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks.Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography.
 Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said."The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2593951","attributes":{"alt":"Doug Cummelin. Submitted Photo.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"469"}}]] For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said.Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there.Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that."You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery."Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593832","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]] "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said.Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show."I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said.Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her.As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature.Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks.Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593829","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"240","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]] Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said."The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota.
 For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said.Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there.Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that."You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery."Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593832","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]] "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said.Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show."I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said.Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her.As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.A featured artist of the Grand Cities Art Fest who won the show's highest honor last year is inviting the public to get closer to nature.Photographer Douglas Cummelin of Bloomington, Minn., won best in show and best in category of photography in last year's Grand Cities Art Fest. He will have a booth Saturday during the festival in downtown Grand Forks.Cummelin has been a working photographer for more than 30 years. He performed wedding and commercial photography for more than 20 years and had his commercial studio for several years. He decided to close the studio to focus on fine arts photography.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"2593829","attributes":{"alt":"Photo by Photographer Douglas Cummelin.","class":"media-image","height":"240","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"720"}}]] Of all of the subject matters, nature is Cummelin's favorite, he said."The photography that I do, as much as capturing it, it is almost an excuse to be out in the woods and along the rivers or lakes," he said, adding his go-to spots are Lake Superior and Boundary Waters Canoeing Area Wilderness in Minnesota.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2593951","attributes":{"alt":"Doug Cummelin. Submitted Photo.","class":"media-image","height":"480","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"469"}}]] For Cummelin, photographing nature is a way to get away from day-to-day life and modern society. When he was stressed while shooting commercials and freelancing photos, he would go into the woods and lakes over the weekends to "get recentered," he said.Cummelin's personal favorite is a photo called "Nine Miles Lake" shot in Boundary Waters. He said he still remembers how he got hooked by the foggy mist above the lake outside his tent while camping there.Cummelin said the only way to move about in Boundary Waters is by canoe or float, but he enjoyed that."You can go lakes and lakes back into the woods and never see another soul for days," he said. "I enjoyed the peace and stillness of nature. That really recharges my battery."Leighann McKenzie, director of operations of North Valley Arts Council, said she appreciates the peace of nature conveyed by Cummelin's photography. She scored him high when she was one of the judges for best in show in last year's Art Fest. McKenzie said she still remembers how she felt immersed by the view in Cummelin's photography.
 "I could see myself standing on the shore of Lake Superior," McKenzie said.Last year was Cummelin's first time being exhibited in the Art Fest. He said he was very surprised when he was announced the best in show."I was looking up and down, wondering which one of these guys is gonna win. And they called my name, I was like, 'Oh my gosh! Really?'" he said.Winning best in show in last year's Art Fest was a special memory for Cummelin because his 8-year-old daughter came on stage with him to accept the award. He said he never had a major award of that kind and he was pleased to be able to share that experience with her.As the winner of last year's best in show, Cummelin gets to show his work this year in a booth with a premiere spot at the entrance of Town Square. Cummelin said he is very excited about being featured this year and will have new images on display that he is particularly proud of.

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