Jerry Jacobsen, Irene Jacobsen and Linda Jacobsen stand in downtown Wykoff in one of the images taken by Anthony Calabrese.
Jerry Jacobsen, Irene Jacobsen and Linda Jacobsen stand in downtown Wykoff in one of the images taken by Anthony Calabrese.
The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee, the Wykoff Historical Society and the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative invite the public to attend the Facing Wykoff opening reception and exhibit "unveiling" on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Wykoff Community Center and downtown Wykoff. The event is free and wheel chair accessible.

Facing Wykoff is a public art display of approximately 60 photographs of Wykoff residents taken by Spring Valley photographer Anthony Calabrese. The photographs will fill the storefronts on the central block of Wykoff's Gold Street for the month of September, making the town a free and accessible art gallery of sorts. The public is invited to share reflections on the exhibit in a story journal that is part of the display.

Since Facing Wykoff displays just 60 of the more than 700 photographs taken by Calabrese, the opening reception at the community center will include a slide show of a wider variety of the images. Those interested in an exhibit keepsake may purchase a CD of the slideshow prints for a nominal fee from Kelmar Studios, a new Wykoff business.

For those who cannot make the opening reception, there will be a closing event on Monday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wykoff Community Center.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Questions may be put to the Dreamery's Eva Barr (507) 352-4255, who is facilitating the project.