Noer's photos of Geneva Lake part of church exhibit

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EAST TROY-- Black-and-white landscape photographs by Fred Noer of Delavan are being exhibited this summer in a show hosted by the Good Earth Church of the Divine at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, located at W2394 County Highway ES in East Troy.

The opening reception of the exhibit is at 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21. Light food and refreshments will be served.

Noer's photographs will be displayed until Sept. 19, and can be viewed from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays at the institute, which is located in a unique large brown barn at the western edge of the village. The institute is not open Saturdays.

The institute, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is known internationally for developing agriculture that can sustain the land and its resources. Pastor Simone Nathan conducts services for her church there at 10 a.m. Sundays.

The exhibit, titled “Our Sacred Earth: Summer,” is the second in a series of four art shows presented by the church, a down-to-earth ecumenical faith community. The “Sacred Seasons” exhibits are highlighting the beauty of the planet in each season. The first exhibit honoring spring consisted of oil paintings by Mary Nevicosi of Whitewater.

“To me, photography is not all about the images but about the joy it brings to me and others,” Noer said. “One of my greatest joys is sharing my work with people, giving them opportunities to see what I have seen. I hope people can expand their vision, too.”

Noer began doing photography in 1973 while attending oval-track car races in Milwaukee and a national drag racing event in Indianapolis. He also started doing photojournalism and writing for The Times in Walworth, the weekly newspaper his parents bought in 1957. He owned, edited and published the paper in 1980-86.

The editorial page of the newspaper often displayed scenic photographs. Shooting for the page prompted Noer to photograph landscapes of Geneva Lake and the surrounding countryside.  

“Walking the lake path or driving a country road always enabled me to slow the often rapid pace of my life,” Noer said. “That calming effect remains to this day.”

Noer said his favorite subject to photograph is Geneva Lake for its beauty and symbolic representation of key elements in his philosophy about life – depth, flow, reflection and change. He photographs the lake from various points around it in all four seasons and at different times of the day and night.

He said looking at photography enables people to see how it affects them – and not just for the scene and beauty that may be conveyed.

“Stopping to look at photographs is important, since it can make us proceed in a new direction,” Noer said. “We need to slow down and ponder what is happening in our lives, what we are making happen, and, perhaps more significantly, what we could make happen.”
Exhibits of Noer's landscapes have been in Delavan, Williams Bay, Racine, Elkhorn, Fort Atkinson and Beaver Dam, Wis. Several of his works are displayed at ReVive Gallery, Lake Geneva, and Pier 290 gift shop, Williams Bay. His photos also may be viewed at

To learn more about the church, call Nathan at 262-684-5193 or visit Information about the institute is available at 262-642-3303 or For more details about Noer's photography, call 262-728-4392 or visit

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