Loretta Verbout

Rochester, MN

Traditional Photography (not digitally altered / enhanced)

Loretta has been a photographer / artist for over 35 years. She has been creating a variety of artistic pieces in a variety of media, however continues to return to photography.  Her focus tends to be in capturing everyday sites  that we all may normally pass by, or not give a second thought to, along with trying to look at things from a bit of a different angle. The majority of her works tend to be pictures of local nature, as well as things from her own floral garden, and explorations of the nature of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa, and northwestern Illinois.

She graduated with B.S. in Art from Illinois State University with concentrations in Photography and Graphic (hand drawn) design, and focuses in business and education. Upon moving to Minnesota, she was very successful in doing portrait, wedding and special event photography.  After taking time off to raise her family, Loretta is returning to her love of everyday photography.

As Executive Director for Rochester Area Disabled Athletics & Recreation, Inc., (aka RADAR) and as the Community Liaison for the Mayo Clinic Department of Rehabilitation, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Art Workshop between RADAR and the Studio Academy Arts High School. Here students of the school and individuals with disabilities together explore the various media of art.  The works produced during these workshops can be seen in the ongoing exhibit “Art & Ability – a show promoting artists with disabilities” at Mayo Clinic.

Her photography has won a variety of different awards in several local shows, including Best of Show – professional in the 2007 Art & Ability – a show promoting artists with disabilities a the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  She has won a variety of other awards as well, for a full list, contact the artist.

In 2007 she, and a group of are artists were instrumental in the creation and start of The Mantorville Art Guild- Gallery & Studio, located in historic Mantorville Minnesota, in the southeastern portion of Minnesota.

Loretta shares her passion for photography and nature with her husband, Jim, their grown children –Kimberly & Brandon, and their dogs - Wicket & Tanner. They have lived in northwest Rochester for over 20 years. Along with photography and other art forms, she enjoys fishing (especially bass & walleye), cooking, reading, traveling, gardening, as well as exploring the disappearing arts of tatting and, filet net lace.