Jenny Nellis (l) and Lori Kurpiers (r) were part of the Prairie Art and Gifts committee that brought the recent Barbara La Valleur photo exhibition. The 25 photos of women (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

International photojournalist Barbara La Valleur, a native of Ashby and Battle Lake, will show her exhibit “Women’s Work: 25 Black and White Photos of European Women in Traditional Male Professions and Trades” starting today through February 15 at the Prairie Art and Gifts, 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 9 at the gallery shop.

La Valleur was the first person to major in Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead and has been a photojournalist for 55 years. She has worked at The Forum in Fargo-Moorhead, the Daily News in Wahpeton-Breckenridge and as a full-time freelance photojournalist for seven German newspapers during the 20 years she lived in Europe. Lori Kurpiers and Jenny Nellis are on the Exhibition Committee and both told the KMRS Community Connection that they are excited to bring these pieces to the gallery, which they said could serve as an inspiration to women everywhere.

“I find that there are still challenges as a woman in the world, in this country, in west central Minnesota,” said Kurpiers. “And I enjoy looking at other women’s work that are calling attention to that disparity and the fact that we still have work to do.”

“And also, just showing us that women can do a variety of jobs, be in a variety of positions, and be successful at it,” Nellis added.

The black and white photos in this exhibit were all published in one or more of the German newspapers during 1991-1994. Prairie Art and Gifts is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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