Gallery 1001, 10th and Main in Winfield, is pleased to welcome photographer Michael Ciskowski as a new member artist. His photographic visions will be featured in the spotlight at Gallery 1001 through March and April.
“My interest in photography began in 1969 while taking a photography course in college,” he said. “My instructor was an old-school master photographer who also had a studio in my hometown of Blackwell, Oklahoma. Upon his passing, I helped his widow with the business until she was ready to retire. She taught me how to retouch negatives, photograph weddings, hand-color portraits and many other skills that aren’t taught in college classes and photography schools.”
In his spare time over the next forty-five years, Ciskowski honed his detailing skills while working days with the U.S. Postal Service in various locations across Kansas and Oklahoma. Always available to local residents, he photographed weddings, anniversaries, reunions, portraits and all of the other events that a small-town photographer typically does.
With characteristic attention to fine detail, his skills in photography reflect each of his life pursuits. In addition to photography, he is a clock fancier, with fine mechanical clocks vying for show space among the photographs on his walls. He has also studied historical organs and keyboards and can tap out familiar melodies on his home organ and piano.
Ciskowski retired from the U.S. Postal Service in October of 2014, handing the reigns of postmaster in Udall to his successor. He still had the love of photography but decided to try something a little different. “I wanted to re-invent myself as a photographer but still benefit from the experience and knowledge that I had gained over the years.”
His photographic re-invention has revealed a remarkable talent for artistic photographs. Ciskowski enjoys the freedom of retirement to take every possible opportunity to travel with his wife Norma. The images he has captured and printed in his home studio have proven to be popular at various art shows in the area. Ciskowski’s eye for unique perspective and his thirst for detail allow him to capture artistic views of places, scenes, wildlife, and buildings that reveal his inner artist.
Both Mike and Norma enjoy the road trips, especially those that send them toward their grandchildren in the Dallas area. When they are not traveling or showing photos at art shows, they make their home in Udall with a pet bunny named Gus.
Gallery 1001 welcomes Michael Ciskowski in a public reception Friday, March 31 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Stop by to visit with Mike and Norma, and see the beautiful scenes he has captured with his camera.