St. Anthony Park man places first in Winter Carnival art show

Paul Winger, a resident of St. Anthony Park since the 1990s, won first prize in the fifth annual St. Paul Winter Carnival Art Show on Friday, Jan. 4, with his photograph entitled “Windswept Trees.”

The juried show runs through Sunday, Feb 3, at the Black Dog Café. 308 E. Prince St., in Lowertown. The winning photograph was made in February 2010 at the intersection of Lexington Parkway and Nebraska Avenue looking back toward Como Lake.

“The response to this photograph has been especially positive,” said Winger. “I cropped the original image to create a panoramic view and that decision also created the sense of movement from the wind in the tree branches. To me, that is the key to the photograph’s success.”

Winger, a nature and landscape photographer, considers himself a semi-professional as he earns a part of his income from his photography. He has been taking photographs since his days as a pre-teen in Redwood Falls, Minn., where his earliest shots were of Ramsey Falls in the city’s Ramsey Park.

Winger’s photo subjects include area sites such as Como Park, the Horticultural Building Gardens on the State Fairgrounds, the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science Display and Trial Garden on the St. Paul campus and Alden Square Park off of Raymond Avenue.

One of his images is on display at the St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Ave. Winger’s photography will be on display at Trotter’s Cafe at Marshall and Cleveland avenues through the month of February.

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