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September 1, 2010

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Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Unveils
“Treasured” Montana Artist
Photographer Sue Smith of Helena, Montana

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch with "Treasured" Montana Artist Photographer Sue Smith of Helena, MontanaHELENA, MT – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Wednesday introduced Sue Smith, of Helena, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. Smith is the sixth Montana artist to receive the notable distinction since McCulloch launched the exhibit in January 2009.

“This exhibit is unlike anything we’ve displayed in the past,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Sue has a remarkable ability to breathe life into Montana’s ghost towns, and her passion for reviving this important piece of history shines through in every photograph.”

"My interest in ghost towns began a long time ago,” Smith said. “I’m drawn to the old wood, the unique architecture, and the hidden treasures - like old newspapers used as insulation still clinging to the walls. I want to know everything about these towns and the people who lived in them! I look forward to continuing to explore our Montana mining history.”

Smith’s journey into professional photography began in Helena, MT. While promoting her Creative Memories business at the Helena Civic Center, she was often encouraged to make her photography available to the public. In 2004, she followed that advice and began selling her photos in local stores and at the Spring and Fall Art Walks.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Sue as the next Treasured Artist,” McCulloch said. “Her photography is sure to be a hit at the State Capitol.”

Smith’s artwork will be on display September through December 2010 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office in the State Capitol Building in Helena. The exhibit is available at no cost to the public.

More information about Smith’s exhibit is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Gallery. Her photos and merchandise -- which includes books, bookmarks, stamps, ties and more -- are available on her website at suesmithphoto.com.