New ice fishing photo exhibition to debut at Dossin des Grands Lacs museum

Photographer Amy Sacka’s black and white images of ice fishing culture, one of which is pictured above, will be on display at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum this month. // Photography by Amy Sacka

THElearn about one of Michigan’s most famous winter pastimes with a new photography exhibit that showcases the state’s ice fishing culture. Last ice cream, which will debut on February 20 at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Belle Isle, will feature the work of Detroit photographer Amy Sacka, who has been documenting ice fishing in the Great Lakes since 2016.

Exhibited until April 24, Last ice cream will include indoor and outdoor installations of black and white photos of Sacka. The images will be featured alongside additional artwork and artifacts related to Michigan’s winter culture, landscape and climate change. Artists Scott Hocking, Michael McGillis and Valaurian Waller will contribute to the exhibition.

Sacka’s father’s long-standing passion for ice fishing on Lake St. Clair prompted her to begin documenting the culture surrounding the activity. She has traveled more than 30,000 miles across Michigan photographing ice fishing – taking photos at Escanaba, Saginaw Bay, Oscoda, and more – and her work has been published in National Geographic, The HuffPost, and even Time Detroit.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, an outdoor event will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sacka will speak at 11:30 am, and other artists will also be making appearances.

Entrance to the museum is free, although donations of $ 5 are suggested. Capacity restrictions are in place due to the pandemic, so registering in advance for tickets, which can be booked online, is encouraged.

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