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University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan

“Alternate Visions” photography/art exhibit opens November 7

Area residents are invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery for its latest art exhibition “Alternate Visions” by local artist and photographer Dale Van Minsel. A special art reception is planned for Friday, November 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show is open through December 13

Van Minsel has worked with the art and craft of photography since 1978 having served as event and public relations photographer for two local colleges over the course of his professional career.

Most of Van Minsel’s current work is created with an iPhone. “I've always enjoyed creating "altered landscapes" using whatever medium was available at the time but “iPhoneography” and photo apps really allow me to create unique images without cost or equipment limitations,” Van Minsel said.

“The iPhone, along with applications such as Hipstamatic, Snapseed and Photoshop, seem like a natural fit for creating unique images from ordinary subjects,” Van Minsel added. The apps allow Van Minsel to create saturated, glowing color with a "Polaroid-like" quality. He will often push the image even further using multiple apps to create exactly what he wants to see.

“In the days before digital photography, dramatic alterations of the image could be achieved using Infrared film, specialized darkroom effects or Polaroid films. Today, I can use digital photography in conjunction with computer software to dramatically alter color, depth, exposure and texture to achieve a truly unique image,” Van Minsel said.

He has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Wisconsin, including communities such as Appleton, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Plymouth, Sturgeon Bay and Port Washington, as well as international exhibits in New York City, São Paulo, Brazil, and Ferrara and Verona, Italy.

Van Minsel is an artist member of Sheboygan Visual Artists and a professional-level member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, including a featured gallery artist on the Portal Wisconsin web site.

You can learn more about Van Minsel when you visit his website at

The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most of the paintings will be available for purchase.

For more information about the show or UW-Sheboygan's Fine Arts Gallery, contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at or call (920) 459-6649.

Images of the people and places of UW-Sheboygan County