Where is Spring? It’s in the Library

 Where is spring? It’s in the Library!

This post was written by Globe University-La Crosse Campus Librarian Dana Wallace.

Our Globe University-La Crosse library recently began a recurring series entitled “Artists on Display.” Each month we feature artwork from one of our Globe students. This month our featured artist is Beth Peterson.

Featured student artist Beth Peterson.

Spring in the library

Beth Peterson is a life-long photographer and her pictures make the library feel like spring. Her flower scenes, fantastic landscapes, tropical fish and waterfalls brighten and warm the walls.

Beth was a guinea pig

Beth’s road to becoming a photographer started in her childhood. Her mother, who is another wonderful photographer, used Beth as her guinea pig.

“As a young child, my mom was always taking pictures of me and taking pictures of nature around us,” Beth said. “I learned everything I know about photography from her.”

Beth picked up a camera as a child and continues taking photographs to this day. “Taking pictures is a true passion of mine. Capturing the nature’s beauty around me is such a stress reliever,” Beth shared. “In this fast paced world, it makes me slow down and enjoy the world around me.”

One of Beth’s photos on display,

You don’t need a fancy camera to get great shots

The best photographs in Beth’s collection were taken with her iPad or cell phone! Her advice to budding photographers is to take pictures with anything handy on any subject that appeals to them. She does not travel to grand landscapes to get her shot.

Her pictures come from hanging out with her fiancé in nature, like the photo of his backyard with a beautiful tree in shadows and color, or her picture “Winter Turkey” taken near her own home.

Beth does have a true eye for photography. You can experience the loneliness in her photo entitled ” Lonely Summer Swing” and the excitement in a boat seemingly speeding straight into the beach in “Coming Ashore.”

Globe just clicked

“I came to Globe because I saw the difference in how the education was taught with a hands-on approach,” Beth explained. “I have been a student at other schools in the area and always felt that I was just a number. At Globe everyone was friendly and made a point of knowing your name.”

Beth’s expected graduation date is in June 2014 with a medical assistant degree.

Beth enjoys the program because she really gets to know her instructors and this personal touch has helped her to become successful at Globe.The library is certainly enjoying the first taste of spring, thanks to Beth.

Check back next month for April’s featured art of wood turning.