Sue Evans recently wrote and asked if we would tell North Fork friends and neighbors about her photography that is for sale at the Polebridge Merc and her availability this summer for outdoor family portraits. We said sure! Here’s some information that Sue sent for us to post.
Years ago Sue approached Deb and Dan Koffman about creating special items for sale in the Mercantile, and as they say, the rest is history. Various items have come and gone over the years with the different owners, but today you can find matted prints, new tumbled tile coasters, notecards, cork backed glossy coasters and magnets. There are a variety of images on glossy coasters; Bowman Lake, Kintla, grizzlies, wolves, and the Mercantile. Larger prints are available for special order.
Sue travels quite often, having just returned from Africa, but shares most of her time between Pleasanton, California and Polebridge. She plans to arrive in Polebridge in time for the great 4thof July celebration and stay for a few more weeks. Sue’s company has come a long way over the years and locally she has done some custom work for Naomi Hoiland and is available for outdoor family portraits while she is here. You may contact her through her website www.PhotographyBySueEvans.com or via email at SueEvansPhotography@comcast.net.
Sue’s first photography experience was using a Brownie Star Flash camera as a child in her home town of Marquette, Michigan. She remembers going into a closet in her father’s dark room to fumble getting the film into the container and then finally printing in black and white. Fast forward to the summer of 1971 when she graduated from Montana State in Bozeman and spent the summer working as a hostess for GPI at Swiftcurrent in Glacier. Greg came into the coffee shop twice a day for his breaks and eight months later they were married, returning to Glacier seasonally through 1978. They both worked for the Park Service, Sue as a ranger and Greg in maintenance. Their son is named after two of their favorite mountains in Glacier; Merritt Allan.
During their summers in Glacier they hiked and climbed all over the park and accumulated thousands of slides capturing the beauty of the park, both using their Minolta film camera they had given each other as a wedding gift. In 2002 Sue injured her back x-country skiing and had to stop teaching aerobics after 20 years. As she began recuperating she started hiking in the nearby regional parks in the Pleasanton, California area where they lived. She realized there weren’t any gift items representing her historic town so she launched her photography business. Since that time Sue has sold framed, canvas and metal prints, greeting cards, magnets, mugs, postcards, and hand-made tumbled tile coasters, to name a few. In addition, Sue received awards in some local shows and has been published in several Montana publications including Montana Magazine and the Whitefish Review.