Photographer James F. Beck

The work of Stillwater-based photographer James F. Beck is currently on exhibit through May 15, 2019, on the gallery walls of The Zephyr Theatre. The exhibit features a 35-piece collection of remarkable photographs capturing natural beauty in every season.

Meet the Artist
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit also will be available for visitors on Zephyr Theatre performance dates.

The photography of James F. Beck reflects his rural and farm upbringing, as well as his business travels in the agricultural industry. Much of Beck’s photography comes from the St. Croix River Valley, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and California.

For Beck, the art of taking great photos is a commitment that merges patience with process. “Photography creates an opportunity to view life in slow motion while waiting for that one image to magically surface.”

Beck seeks to evoke memory and transcendental inspiration. Art is successful when the viewer becomes emotionally attached to the image, beyond its forms or arrays of color, he says. “The best images create a personal and sensory experience.”

His favorite photographic subjects include flora and fauna, autumn and winter landscapes, and motifs of natural bodies of water. His signature presentation is to print his images in glass-like acrylic (rather than on the more traditional paper or board with frames). He finds the depth of his work is best translated in the light-filled filter made possible with an acrylic mount.

Norman Rockwell, Thomas Kincaid and Robert Frost are among the artists that prominently influence Beck’s work. Both brilliant and subtle colors, mystic shading, bold and diffused forms, captured sunlight and other starlight are all part of his artistic pallet. Beck’s goal each day of photography is to capture that stunning but fleeting image before it suddenly disappears.

Beck’s work is available for purchase. A percentage of all exhibit purchases will be a donation to benefit The Zephyr Theatre. Contact him at 763-242-1886 or

James Beck - Stillwater Bridge

James Beck – Stillwater Bridge

James Beck - Minneapolis Skyline

James Beck – Minneapolis Skyline

James Beck - Old Smoky Red Wing

James Beck – Old Smoky Red Wing

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