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Pure Michigan

Surface Tension: Beauty & Fragility in Lake Michigan

Photographs by Nelson Armour and Ted Glasoe
Featuring handcrafted surf craft by Tim Folkert

January 12 - March 8
Opening Reception January 12 | 5:30 - 7:30PM



Nelson Armour and Ted Glasoe collaborate in this exhibition designed to provoke viewers into considering the hidden but profound threats to the health of Lake Michigan. Glasoe’s poignant photographs, which contemplate the lake’s power and beauty, are juxtaposed in pairs with Armour’s altered photographs, which unsettle the viewer and illustrate the lake’s fragility.


Surface Tension challenges viewers to reconcile the outward beauty of Lake Michigan with the dangers that lie beneath the surface. It also asks that we all consider how our water is being polluted and what we can do to protect our water supply.

This exhibition also features a special collection of handcrafted surf boards and one-of-a-kind resin panels designed by Tim Folkert, owner of Migration.


Nelson Armour is a Chicago-area artist whose work focuses on rural and urban landscapes, environmental portraiture and photojournalism projects. Armour has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, and has been published in exhibition catalogs. Armour had a solo show as part of Eight Photographers, Eight Solo Shows, in Eight Chicago Neighborhoods, sponsored by the Filter Photo Festival 2012.


The work for Surface Tension arose from his photographs of Lake Michigan taken at Park Avenue Beach in Highland Park, IL. Seeking to create provocative viewer responses, he experimented with layering other images he photographed of actual point sources of pollution of the lake. Additional images reflect a collage approach. His passion for Lake Michigan and world’s water supply is integral to this work.


Ted Glasoe is a Chicago-area artist whose photographic work explores natural and urban environments, particularly Lake Michigan and Chicago’s landscape. Glasoe’s work has appeared in Chicago-area galleries and photography shows and has been recognized with various awards, including first place in the Chicago Park District “Nature in Chicago” Digital Photo Contest.


A 20-year resident of Evanston, Glasoe maintains a close connection to his community. He actively supports the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Freshwater Future and community organizations. He enjoys spending time outdoors – always with his camera bag in tow.

Tim Folkert originally hails from Michigan's west coast, though he migrated to the Pacific Coast after college. It was in Santa Cruz, CA that he discovered surfing as a new means of outdoor exploration, and subsequently delved into the world of surfboard design and construction. Working for some of the finest craftsmen on the West Coast, Tim honed his craft for 8 years learning all aspects of the board building process before migrating back to his roots in Michigan. The result of that time and dedication are the exceptional boards of the Migration label.

At our core, Migration is an outdoor brand. While surfing may be our preferred means of interacting with the outdoors, our interests flow well beyond the waves of the Great Lakes. Being in the Midwest, this often means brisk hikes among the dunes, paddling quiet lakes and rivers, speeding down single track through the forest, or weekend camping excursions with good friends. Our community of Midwest surfers and adventurers is always expanding, and we'd love to get to know you. 


Sponsored by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and Greenvision Foundation.