11 year-old photographer to be included in Lorain County Metro Parks exhibition – Morning Journal

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Lorain County Metro Parks respects the symbol of national freedom.

The new exhibition at the Carlyle Reservation Visitor Center Art Gallery, Lagrange’s 12882 Diagonal Road, will be centered around the vulture nest at 32967 Redwood Boulevard, the school playground of Redwood Elementary School in Avon Lake.

The eagle, lovingly called the Star-Spangled Banner, raised and raised 17 offspring.

The eagles first built their home in November 2014, and the first two eagles arrived in early spring 2015.

The exhibition mainly includes photographs, but original acrylic and charcoal paintings will also be on display.

Outdoor Experience Manager Beb Wolborn said he contacted the Avon Lake Bald Eagle Nest Group on Facebook.

“I knew there were people in this group who spend a lot of time observing and taking pictures of these eagles and their nests,” Wolborn said. “I was amazed at the quality and great photos they posted. I thought it was a great story to share with the Lorain County community.”

Julian Petras is the youngest photographer to attend the latest art exhibition.

Julian, 11, is a fourth-year student at the Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), a full-time online public school for K-12 students.

He said he wanted to be a paleontologist when he was old.

Julian Petras shows off some of his photographs. (Aliah Kimbro — Morning Journal)

Julian began taking pictures in August 2021.

“I’m excited to be in the exhibition,” he said. “I like taking pictures of real life, and I was hooked on it thanks to my grandfather.”

The boy’s mother, Gina Petras, said she was very proud of him.

“I’m very proud,” said Gina Petras. “He is a very artistic and creative child.”

His grandfather, Ron Petras, has been a photographer for over 30 years.

“I first got him a kid’s camera, and since he was taking all the pictures, then we upgraded his camera and lens,” Ron Petras said. rice field. “Last year we focused on auto, but now we’re learning the manual to help him be more creative.”

Ron Petras said his grandson had a natural talent.

“He gets a big kick whenever he can be creative in photography,” his grandfather said. “I think it’s really cool that he’s very young and taking really great pictures.”

Ron Petras said he was very proud given his grandson’s diagnosis of autism.

“People think autism makes people different, and they do, to some extent, but it doesn’t make them any more,” Grandfather said. “He can even do things that no one else can, and I think his creativity proves that.”

Wolborn said Metropark wants to emphasize local artistry.

“We want to draw attention to the artistry of these photographers, who spend a lot of time researching and completing their crafts,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce not only the artists of Lorain County, but also the art that represents the county.”

She said Metroparks wants to raise awareness of Ohio’s bald eagles.

“I hope the exhibition encourages others to join in and see the nest,” Wolborn said. “It’s a great learning experience about how nature works and you can see the miracles of nature.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from April 2nd to 30th.

The Artist Meet and Greet will be held on April 23rd from 1pm to 3pm to share the story between the photographer and the artist.

The Carlyle Visitor Center art gallery is free and open to the public during normal business hours from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

For more information, please visit loraincountymetroparks.com/arts.

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