An all-Door-County exhibit by Sister Bay resident Suzi Hass is on display at the UU Gallery in March and April. The show features Door County landscapes as well as portrait collages. The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday, March 1 from 4 – 6 pm.
Hass has lived in northern Door all but five years of her life. The eldest of six girls raised on her parents’ Sister Bay dairy farm, she started her interest in photography as a Gibraltar fifth grader with her twin lens Brownie camera. She and her late-husband worked his family’s orchards in Ellison Bay. Their son now lives in the Nashville area and their daughter Annah is a sophomore at Gibraltar High School. Several of Annah’s photos are in the exhibit as well.
Hass studied at Winona International School of Photography and with Door County photographer Bernard Hagedorn. A believer in thoughtful composition, Hass makes the decision on what is worth capturing before she clicks the shutter. She strives to produce a clean image with little or no Photoshop applications. Aside from minor changes in density, none of the images in the show have been altered or corrected.
Parenting, raising horses, farming, working the tourist industry, and attending many local music events provided lots of Door County photo opportunities. Hass has honed her career behind the camera working at Door Reminder and the Advocate as well as in wedding photography. Her tourist-pleasing scenery shots are available at the Eight of Pentacles.
Her work can be seen in Patterson’s A Portrait of Everyday Life in Wisconsin, on a cover of Lakeland Boating, in Great Lakes Distributions’ Door County calendars and postcards, on local musicians’ publicity materials, and as family portraits and albums throughout the Midwest. Followers of her Facebook page love her albums of musicians taken at local venues and while volunteering at Door County Auditorium.
Gallery hours are 1-3 pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 11am-12:30 pm Sunday.