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Woodbury artist’s photograph appears in juried art show

Alex Amble Gravdahl’s photograph titled “Trinity” was selected for the Seeing God Exhibit of Sacred Art, a juried art show at the Benedictine Center of St Paul’s Monastery Gallery in Maplewood. It is Amble Gravdahl’s first submission and first acceptance for the annual show.

Gravdahl’s 16-inch-by-20-inch, black-and-white photograph of three seagulls, taken from a beach in Florida, “In 10 years or so of taking photographs on the beach,” Gravdahl said, “I have never had a photograph where the birds lined up like this. I think it was God speaking to me. Something about this just speaks to me, and I hope it will speak to others too!”

Gravdahl, an award-winning artist and musician, was born in Uglich, Russia, and has lived in Woodbury since the age of 2. He began selling his art in an art gallery at age 9. His art includes watercolor, color pencil, paintings, drawing, photography and fused glass.

An accomplished musician, as well, he has performed piano music around the Twin Cities and performed in Russia at the age of 7. He produced and recorded his first piano CD at age 15.

He also enjoys science, composing music, swimming, surfing, and traveling.

The Seeing God Exhibit of Sacred Art opens Jan. 27, with an opening reception at the gallery from 7-8:30 p.m. Awards will be announced and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through March 4.

Gravdahl’s photograph sells for $175.

The Benedictine Center of St. Paul’s Monastery is located at 2675 Benet Road in St. Paul. For additional information call 651-777-7251 or visit