New York Mills, MN—January 29, 2020—The exhibit “Earth Views from Orbit: Photos by Karen Nyberg” is on display at the New York Mills Cultural Center and the New York Mills Public Library from January 29 – February 27, 2020.  The dazzling show features photographs captured by the astronaut and Vining native during her second mission on the International Space Station in 2013. 
All are invited to a Gallery Reception at the NYM Cultural Center on Wednesday, February 5, from 5:00-7:00 PM. Dan Broten will give a Curator Talk at 5:30 PM. He will discuss Karen Nyberg’s two missions into space, the making of the exhibit, as well as his enthusiasm for the history of space exploration.   

Nyberg took dozens of photos of earth from her unusual vantage point, posting the images on her Facebook page. Upon Nyberg’s return to earth, Henning-based photographer Dan Broten worked with the astronaut to select two dozen pictures to mount on canvas. 

The original display was created for a show at the Landmark Center in spring 2014, when Nyberg visited Henning to speak to students. Since then, the exhibit has traveled on a limited basis until its tour of Viking Library System, which began in June 2019 to commemorate a string of significant anniversaries of NASA accomplishments.

Curator Dan Broten has the professional distinction of photographing both of Nyberg’s launches: the space shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2008 and the 2013 Soyuz from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2013. 

While most of the photographs are on view at the Cultural Center, the New York Mills Public Library will also have some on display, and is hosting several space-themed programs for a variety of ages. Contact the Library at (218) 385-2436 for more information.

Additional space-related events will also be held at the Cultural Center: A free movie night, International Space Station, will be held on Thursday February 20th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Additionally, a Starry Night Paint & Sip Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – noon.  Participants will create a small painting featuring the night sky, based on Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting, with a Minnesota twist. Call (218) 385-3339 to register.

The exhibit can be viewed January 29 – February 27, 2020, during Cultural Center hours: Wed-Thurs 10-7, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3. The exhibit and curator talk are free and open to the public, sponsored by New York Mills Public Library, New York Mills Cultural Center, and Viking Library System. For more information, call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or the Library at (218) 385-2436, or visit kulcher.org.

The exhibit and talk are funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is a rural hub for creativity, community vitality, and lifelong learning in the arts. We offer visitors intimate opportunities to encounter art and artists in our 80-seat concert listening room, two art galleries in a historic building, a gift store featuring local artists, an artist residency program, classes and workshops, a sculpture park, and a variety of opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. Since our incorporation in 1990, we have been passionate about connecting people to artists and rich cultural experiences in rural Minnesota, celebrating the local and being a window to the world.