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Artist of the Month

Linnea Koch’s early years were filled with sketchbooks and pencils. In sixth grade, she was given her first camera, taking pictures of people and events around home. She has been photographing the world around her since high school, always looking for unusual subject matter or creating a new way of looking at a common place subject. This influence led her to a career in graphic design and an avid interest in photography. After moving to Sterling in 2002 from the Chicago suburbs, she found many interesting old buildings & began photographing the architectural details. She has become well-known for local and regional scenes, including farmland and barns, as well as landscapes and wildlife around the Rock and Mississippi Rivers. Her work has been seen on banners over the Rock River Bridge connecting Sterling and Rock Falls and in the public areas of Sterling’s renovated City Hall. Linnea has documented the annual Whiteside County, IL Barn Tours since their inception in 2008, she has explored the interiors of these agricultural treasures and captured the histories of the farms. She has produced 5 DVDs exploring the Barn Tours. Farther afield, her travels take her around the US and Europe where she finds many places on which to focus her camera. Using these photos, she has created presentations on European Gardens, Historic Gardens in the US and Shade Gardening. Her work has been exhibited in local and regional galleries, won numerous awards in photography competitions (including Best of Show in Dixon’s Farms and Barns Exhibit) and can be found in private and public collections; her photos have been published in calendars, books and other publications.