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Lake County Discovery Museum Exhibits Ansel Adams' Works

The exhibition of the renowned nature photographer's work runs Sept. 17 through Jan. 8.

A new national touring exhibition featuring works by celebrated nature photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984) runs Sept. 17 through Jan. 8 at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda.

In Lake County and the Chicago area for the first time, the Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams exhibition presents a rare portfolio of 70 photographs hand-printed by the artist, and selected by him to represent the best of his life's work.

"The Museum Set” collection of Adams’ favorites reveals a lifetime devoted to capturing the drama and splendor of the natural world, including scenic places such as the Sierra Nevada mountains and the sun-baked geometries of New Mexico.

The photographs are from the collection of Anne Adams Helms. Adams’ prints are known for their technical mastery and subtle gradations of tone and contrast. His vision speaks of the enduring power of fine photography. He promoted his techniques through published writings and workshops, which have influenced photographers through the years.

Inspired by Adams’ work, the museum will host several photography-related educational programs and events during the exhibit.

  • Exhibit Opening Celebration: 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 17; enjoy refreshments and children’s nature photography activities. The opening event is free with museum admission, no registration needed.
  • Making Memories Workshop: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19; use your special photos and found objects from nature to create a personal work of art. Details and registration.
  • Nature and Macro Flower Photography: 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dec. 15; learn how to capture professional extreme close-ups of flowers and butterflies using the macro button on compact cameras. Details and registration.

The Lake County Discovery Museum is located on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road and east of Wauconda in Lakewood Forest Preserve. Driving directions.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 55 and older and for students ages 18 to 25, and $2.50 for youth ages 4 to 17. Children 3 years and younger are admitted free.

Admission is discounted on Tuesdays: $3 for adults, and free for youth 17 years and younger. Admission is always free for museum members.

For more information about the exhibit or to download discount admission coupons, click here or call 1-847-968-3400.

Information provided by Lake County Discovery Museum.

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