CANCELED: Bellman Brown Bag Series: Bob Wilson

Gorillas in the Mist


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We are so disappointed to announce that today’s Bellman Brown Bag, “Gorillas in the Mist” with Bob Wilson has been cancelled.



Join us Wednesday, October 12 at noon as photographer Bob Wilson presents this month’s Bellman Brown Bag Series lecture, “Gorillas in the Mist.”

In 2017, Wilson traveled to Uganda. The purpose of the trip was to work with local youth and to explore the country photographically. Wilson, along with nine other photographers from the United States and Canada, spent several days in Kampala teaching young people the basics of photography and learning about the local culture. Afterward, the group embarked on a journey eastward, visiting a women’s craft collective, a community-owned tea plantation, the Kibale Primate Reserve, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Each stop provided wonderful opportunities, not only for photography but to get to know and understand the real Uganda, becoming travelers as opposed to merely being tourists. The culmination of the trip was a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to the endangered mountain gorillas. The team had the opportunity to spend one hour with these amazing creatures, observing and photographing them. The Bellman presentation will show the highlights of Bob’s journey as he learns about the people, culture, and wildlife of Uganda.

About the presenter

Bob Wilson is a native of Lead, SD. He has been fascinated with photography all his life, taking pictures with everything from his sister’s old Brownie to the latest in digital cameras.  In 2005 he formalized this interest by attending and graduating from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana.  That year he also created Frogworks Photography as a vehicle to promote and market his art.  His photographic pursuits are eclectic and involve landscape, commercial, weddings, portraiture, and fine art.  His past clients include the Smithsonian Institution, South Dakota Arts Council, Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, and various Black Hills businesses and individuals.  Locally, Bob has focused on making images of the historical and abandoned buildings of the area, using the technique of high dynamic range digital photography to capture the detail and character of these vanishing treasures. He has also begun to scratch his international travel itch by traveling to and photographing people and landscapes in Peru, Ireland, Uganda, South Africa, and Morocco.

About the Bellman Brown Bag Series

The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art and culture. The Brown Bag program was developed by Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990’s. Recognizing the Matthews Opera House as an ideal venue for the exploration of humanities topics, he engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month.

Dr. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. His teaching career spanned thirty years. Bellman retired from BHSU and passed away in November 2002.

Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1pm. Designed to begin and end within the lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into themes that touch our daily lives.

Coffee for the Bellman Brown Bag Series is generously provided by Common Grounds in Spearfish, SD.




Date and Time:


Wednesday, October 12, 2022


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




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Spearfish, 57783 United States
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