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Bethel College Fine Arts Center gallery to show Goertzen photographs

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Photographer Don Goertzen of Newport, Wash., will display his photographs Oct. 2 to 26 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Bethel College in North Newton. The exhibit features photographs selected from Goertzen's work as a professional photographer, as well as photographs he took during his college years at Bethel. A Meet the Photographer public reception is planned for 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 in the gallery.

Fine Arts Center Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It will also be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is free and open to the public.

Goertzen was a child when he became interested in photography. In grade school he purchased a used 828 roll-film camera. Although the family lived in the country and had no running water and no electricity, he printed his own photos, borrowing the family car battery to power a red safe light and using his mother's glass cake pans as processing trays.

By the time he was a freshman at Bethel College, Goertzen had a Bolsey B2 35 mm camera and knew how to use the college darkroom that was located in the Administration Building basement.

After his 1961 graduation from Bethel College, Goertzen taught industrial arts in Washington State for 20 years. In 1975 he opened Goertzen Photo, a portrait and wedding photography studio in Newport.

The exhibit and reception are part of Bethel College's 33rd annual Fall Festival Oct. 2-5. Other weekend activities on campus include food and entertainment for all ages, arts and crafts, alumni gatherings and athletic events.

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