Growing up, Dell Gross would have been happy to spend his days playing ball, but his grandmother recognized in him an artistic talent that she was determine to cultivate.
“She arranged for my first art classes, which seemed to be more of a chore than a talent I wanted to develop,” Gross said. It wasn’t until attending courses at the University of Minnesota that he began to embrace what his grandmother sought to nurture.
“As a student at the University of Minnesota, I noticed photographs displayed on the walls of the campus. This discovery changed my college major and my life’s direction,” he said.
He studied painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, photography and other forms of artistic expression, graduating with a degree in fine arts.
He found that photography was his true calling, and he headed to sunny Santa Barbara to study his craft at the Brooks Institute of Photography. He graduated with a degree in filmmaking and worked on movies in Hawaii and Seattle. His heart remained in photography though, leading him to return to Minnesota to pursue married life, a family and a career in photography.
For 38 years, Gross Productions has served the Pine City and Minnesota area photographing weddings, high school seniors, and other portraiture and illustrative photography, as well as producing videos used in the community.
Gross will share his artistic vision at the Pine Center for the Arts the month of February. The public is welcome to the gallery opening reception 4-7 p.m. on Friday, February 9 at the Pine Center for the Arts. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to pinecenter.org.