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Custom decoys by Brad Anderson (above) and Larry Lange (below) are now on display at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is featuring in its Gallery the wildlife photographs of Brad Anderson of Ottertail and fish decoys by Larry Lange, Brad Lange and John Peeters. This artwork will be on display now through July 31.  

A reception and presentation by photographer Brad Anderson will be held on Wednesday, July 21 from 5-7 p.m. Join the Cultural Center as Anderson presents more photos and discusses his photo adventures. The presentation will be free to attend and a light refreshments available.

Anderson’s photographs include breaktaking images of birds, animals and landscapes. 

“Driving the back roads of Minnesota provides me with countless opportunities to photograph the native wildlife. Some of my favorite locations include East Leaf Lake, Fergus Falls, North Ottawa Impoundment, Sax-Zim Bog, the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Portage, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park. My camera travels with me everywhere as some of the best opportunities come at the most unexpected times. I am an avid outdoorsman that enjoys waiting quietly in a blind or ghillie suit, wading through shallow water in a floating photography blind, or driving thousands of miles a year on gravel roads looking for wildlife,” said Anderson in his artist statement.

The display of handmade fish decoys are by local decoy artists Larry Lange and Brad Lange of Perham, and John Peeters of rural New York Mills. These decoys range from traditional to whimsical that show the artists’ skill and attention to detail.  Whether you are an avid decoy collector, an angler, a painter, or enjoy wood carving, you will thoroughly enjoy the skill and craftsmanship of these decoys.

“This Gallery exhibit is a great example of our organizational vision to ‘celebrate the local’ including local artists as well as our local fishing and wildlife culture. Otter Tail County is filled with incredible outdoor wildlife and recreation, and fishing is part of New York Mills’ DNA as the home of Lund boats. This show celebrates the intersection of local art, wildlife, and fishing culture through the work of this talented photographer and decoy artists,” said Cultural Center Executive Director Betsy Roder.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This show is free and open to the public. Gallery and gift shop hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Private viewing and tours can be arranged by contacting Cheryl Bannes at 385-3339 or