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From the Midway:Thanks for the memories

Monday, February 1, 2010

It seems forever since I had a chance to sit down and pound out a Midway column. For the past couple of months things have been busy here at the paper and I've haven't found the time to write one.

I must have started about four or five different Midways, but always get interrupted and forced to move on to more pressing matters. By the time I get back to writing them the subject just seems to have run its course. I would have loved to give you my take on the recent late-night wars.

But once in awhile a person must find time to do something they feel is necessary. Last month a great honor was bestowed on them. I had the chance to be the guest artist of the month at the Sanford Museum. During the month of January I presented 35 photos from my collection featuring people, places and things from around Northwest Iowa.

As many of you know, one of my main duties here at the paper is that of a photographer. Over the past three years I've had the opportunity to document many public events here in Cherokee and the surrounding communities, and

I displayed some of my favorites at the Museum. I think that experience went over well. I had lot of kind folks come up to me and say that they saw my exhibit.

This opportunity meant a lot to me. Growing up here in Cherokee, the Sanford Museum was, and still is, a place for learning-not just about history, but also about culture. I can still remember being a small kid attending Garfield School and our teachers walking us down the street in pairs of twos, holding hands for a field trip to the Museum. I can still remember sitting in the planetarium and being excited for the lights to go off and see the consolations.

Taking a tour meant a lot to me, being able to go downstairs and seeing models of long-gone Indian cultures and fossils. When you're a child, you think every town in the world has a place like this. It's not until you're older and you realize that every town does NOT have a Museum, that you start to appreciate how special our museum is.

So when the Museum's Associate Director Michele Deiber Kumm asked me to be a guest artist, it was an absolute thrill for me. So, good or bad, it was all Michele's fault. Thank you, Michele for the opportunity.

I never would have imagined when I was a child that someday my artwork would be hanging at the Sanford Museum. Like I said, it was a true honor for me and I humbly thank the staff of the Sanford Museum.

I would also like to thank a good friend of mine by the name of Dave Proczak. Dave has been one of my inspirations regarding photography for several years now. Dave is a master at his craft, and he taught me more about photography than I had ever learned from sitting in a classroom. We have had many spirited debates over the years, and I hope that we have several more.

Also I would like to thank fellow Chronicle Times staff member Vanessa Reusch. Vanessa is a very strong supporter of the arts, and helped me by finding the backboard for my photos. Without her, I wouldn't have had an exhibit. Plus, it goes without saying that any of this would not have been possible if it was not for the Chronicle Times.

My final thank-you goes out to Jim Adamson, who was my number one cheerleader - a role Jim has demonstrated time and time again for many people in this community in general. You can't go wrong when you have a man like Jim in your corner.

So, that's it for now. I'll try to get another Midway finished as soon as I can. After all, after many months, I did just get my TV back and boy, do I sure have something to say about that.

Mike Leckband
From the Midway