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Secretary McCulloch Unveils Next “Treasured” Montana Artist
Photographer Barbara Van Cleve

May 5, 2009

Barbara Van Cleve and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch at the opening of the Treasured Montana Artist show on May 5, 2009.

Photographer Barbara Van Cleve and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
May 5, 2009

Secretary of State's Online Gallery of Barbara Van Cleve's work

(Helena) – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today introduced photographer Barbara Van Cleve as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist during an unveiling ceremony in the office of the Secretary of State. McCulloch launched the rotating exhibit in January to showcase diverse talents from across the Treasure State.

“The Capitol building is full of artistic vision, and Barbara’s work is sure to take your breath away,” said McCulloch. “Each piece tells a story, and it’s a story that many Montanans will appreciate.”

Photographer Barbara Van Cleve’s exhibit features black and white photographs that depict life in the West. Van Cleve was born and raised on a ranch near Melville, and says she wanted to share with other people her experiences.

“Photography has been a life long passion for me. My parents gave me a Brownie Box camera when I was 11, and I carried that camera everywhere and photographed everything. It was the beginning of my being able to share with others my visions of ranch life,” said Van Cleve.

Van Cleve is a self-taught photographer who has a multitude of photographic interests. She has ventured around the world and currently resides in Big Timber where she owns and operates a private studio. More information is available on her website: www.barbaravancleve.com.

“Barbara has traveled a great journey, and I’m pleased to welcome her to the Capitol. We have an exciting four months ahead of us,” said McCulloch.

“I’ve never been a person of few words, but I’m honored to be a “Treasured” Artist,” said Van Cleve.