Photo titled “Lone Barn True”

Photographer Rachel Cain is particularly drawn to old buildings.

Ripple River Gallery fall open house, set for Saturday, Sept. 24, is an annual celebration of the season with a colorful combination of art, fun and fall color. Get creative with hands-on arts activities, meet artists and watch demonstrations and enjoy refreshments ­– all while learning more about the Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in Garrison.

Activities begin around 10 a.m. From weaving and fiber arts, a group painting project, origami and more, artists of all ages can join in. Bob Carls will demonstrate bowl turning, fiber artist Susan Longstaff and lapidary artist Karren Mills will also be on hand to talk about their work and explain the processes involved.

The open house coincides with the gallery’s opening for a new exhibit of photographs by Rachel Cain. A photographer for over 15 years, Cain’s subject matter is varied. “If I fall in love with a subject, it is fair game,” she said. She is particularly drawn to old buildings, texture, architecture, landscapes and birds.

Cain said her goal with each photograph is to get to the essence of the subject, eliminating distracting details. She enjoys the post-processing part of her work, using it to emphasize essential qualities.

Volunteers with Wild and Free will be on hand to talk about their work with wild animals. Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation Program in Garrison is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about wildlife and habitat, as well as caring for orphaned or injured wild animals. Dr. Debbie Eskedahl heads the volunteer-based program, which provides food, shelter, medical and surgical care to orphaned or injured wildlife under permits from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Donations for Wild and Free will be accepted.

A highlight of the afternoon is a release of a rehabilitated raptor which takes place around 2 p.m.

For a fall destination, consider Ripple River Gallery. For more information call (218) 678-2575 or e-mail: ripplerivergallery@gmail.com.

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