Dean Elkins is our Featured Artist and has been an active member of the LAA for many years! His contributions are most appreciated and we always look forward to his next project!
In Dean's own words: I was born and raised on a farm in southeastern Minnesota. I served in the U.S.Navy, 1964 to 1968. After being discharged, I spent a couple of years in college in Arkansas. From then until 1983, I resided mostly in Chicago, first in school and then working. I've been a Lapeer resident now for over thirty years, and a member of the Lapeer Art Association for something over twenty five years. From my earliest memory through my secondary school years, I spent almost every possible moment either reading or sketching incessantly, in any appropriate or inappropriate context. I eventually took a few classes in informal settings in Chicago, but I remain primarily self-taught. I purchased my first 35 mm camera just after joining the Navy, primarily to take travel pictures; my interest in photography soon broadened. I eventually became a member of the Chicago Fort Dearborn Camera Club for several years, and then a member of the Flint Lensmen for several years after moving here. Photography has been my artistic mainstay for a long time now, but in more recent years I've done some wood carving and have gone in some other varied, sometimes possibly eccentric, artistic directions.
The LAA is located in Gallery 194 194, W Nepessing, Lapeer, MI 48446