Jim Kauppi

Basement Beat: Go check out Jim Kauppi's photography exhibit

By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

We found out about it a little late to announce it in the paper, but, I thought I would mention that the Allegan Area Arts Council has a reception planned to honor local photographer Jim Kauppi on his Grill House exhibit.

The reception will be Monday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Grill House, 1071 32nd St., Allegan.

I’ve bumped into Jim at a variety of Allegan events throughout the years, and he even worked for The Allegan County News for a little while.

He has 17 photographs on display for the next three months in the upstairs middle room of the Grill House.

The reception will include complimentary appetizers and cash bar.

According to the arts council’s website, he attended high school in Milford, “home to the General Motors Proving Grounds.”

Jim said that while he’s not a hot-rodder, he had always been interested in machinery.

“I was employed by Ford Motor Company at Ford’s Steel Mill at the River Rouge complex while a co-op student at Western Michigan University. I worked for Ford briefly following graduation, then entered the Peace Corps serving in Bolivia teaching auto mechanics.

“After the Peace Corps, I was employed by Clark Equipment Co. until retirement.”

He said he’s photographs for years, more recently focusing on historic tractors and automobiles.

“These machines tell a story not just about technology but more importantly about how they’ve been a part our lives. I try to reflect my feelings about our lives and times in my photo art, using text to help portray the significance of the photograph.”

Anyway, I’m looking forward to checking the exhibit out. I encourage you all to do the same.

Basement Beat is an occasional online column.

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