Montevideo Arts News: Samantha Huntley, Local Photographer, to Exhibit on the Walls at Java River in September

Meet the photographer!

Ever since I was a baby, I watched my mom and dad take pictures. I was fascinated with the lens and the flash attachment. My dad gave me my first camera when I was in high school, and I’ve been taking pictures ever since. I purchased a Canon macro lens to take close-up photos of nature, especially flowers.

I studied photography through an online college during COVID-19 and graduated with a degree in both photography and design. I now have my own photography business, Novel Images. I love having fun with my clients, and they often comment back about how much fun they had during photo shoots.

Samantha will be exhibiting her personal creative style in photographic pieces and studio and location shots at Java through September. You can contact Samantha at

Reminder! Build a Raffle Basket for SMAC

Spirit of the Region raffle baskets are a fun way to show off unique items from each of our 18 counties in the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council region. Funds raised from raffle tickets help cover the costs of the annual event. Let’s pack these raffle baskets with our community spirit!

Please get Spirit of the Region raffle basket items to me by October 2, and help sell Spirit of the Region raffle tickets to friends and family.

Beginning August 15, you can drop off your items for the raffle basket at the Montevideo American News office, 221 1st St, Montevideo, Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Upcoming Events at Java River

Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mad Hatters on the Shinto Cowboy Stage and Courtyard Brunch,

Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m. – Mad Hatters on the Shinto Cowboy Stage and courtyard feed

September artist – Novel Images Photography

October artist – Jamie Kulversen

November artist – Jazzy Jeweks paintings

December artist – Bradley Hall

Ongoing Events

• Malena Handeen performs at the Bluenose Gopher Public House on 2nd Saturdays from September through December. 681 Prentice St, Granite Falls.

• Meander Art Crawl is September 29 & 30, October 1.

Are you an artist living in Chippewa County, MN? If so, I’d like to include you in a growing list of county artists to help promote your work and events. Musicians and performers, that means you too! Do you have an upcoming author event or art exhibit? Did you know you can include your event on the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council events calendar ( You can also add it on the Facebook Chippewa County MN Arts, Artists, & Events page.

M E Fuller is the Chippewa County, MN board member for the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC). Contact Fuller at