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Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:16

Zooming in on photography at Beloit Art Center

Written by  Staff Writer
Jay Mielke started his own photography company, High Impact Creations, in 2011. Mielke is one of three photographers whose work is featured this month at the Beloit Art Center. Jay Mielke started his own photography company, High Impact Creations, in 2011. Mielke is one of three photographers whose work is featured this month at the Beloit Art Center. Photo by Jay Mielke
BELOIT — The work of former photography judges is the focus of the September exhibit at the Beloit Art Center, with Cindy Vondran, Jay Mielke and Steve Bogdonas showing their varied work.
The show opens Friday, Sept. 6, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which is open to the public. The photographers will have an opportunity to talk about their work at 6 p.m.
Cindy Vondran credits her strong background in art and art history for helping her to become a better photographer and digital artist, according to a news release.
“Classical photography and computer-generated art are now merging. ... ” Vondran said in the release. “I am very excited to be a part of this brand-new art movement, using the computer as a tool for this new medium.

“Things that were formerly impossible can now be generated, and without the need for a large studio space in which to work. Everything that is necessary is contained within cyber space.”

She received her bachelor of fine art degree in 2013.

Steve Bogdonas worked as a machinist for almost 20 years before art and music took over his life. In 2001, he started a company called The Creative Group Image and Sound Production. He received formal training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, studying fundamentals/illustration/graphic design.

He also is a musician who has played in bands and as a soloist for 46 years. He is working on his sixth original instrumental CD.

Jay Mielke started taking photographs in the late 1980s as the photography editor of his high school yearbook. While his professional career was in technology, he never lost interest in photography.

As digital photography took off, Mielke began to photograph rural and city images and later dove into portraiture, event photography, commercial photography and rodeo photography. He started High Impact Creations LLC in 2011.

His company provides event photography services for corporate and educational institutions, professional headshots and other commercial work.

Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Ave. in Beloit. Go online to beloitartcenter.com for more information.

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