Wildlife photos displayed at The Art Box

The Art Box will display an exhibit of photos by Tom Smith in March.
The Art Box will display an exhibit of photos by Tom Smith in March.

DeKALB – Local photographer Tom Smith is presenting a photographic exhibition titled “American Wildlife” at The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway in downtown DeKalb, March 2 – 29.  The opening reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2.  

Photography has been Smith’s passion since he was 9 years old, although most residents of the community know him and his wife, Sharon, as owners and makers of fine chocolate of The Confectionary in DeKalb and Sycamore. Owning two stores was also an opportunity to show and sell his photographs of local vistas. After 30 years in the candy industry, Smith retired and ventured into the wild, journeying to America’s national parks and locations seeking specific indigenous wildlife.

This exhibition will feature color photographs of bald eagles on the Mississippi River, grizzlies and wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and other animals in their habitat at the Grand Canyon and other areas of western United States. As much as Smith enjoys the natural excursions and photographing wildlife, he also edits and produces the final product.

Smith held editorial positions with newspapers in Pierre, S.D, Beloit, Wis., and Freeport. He was also a makeup and photo editor, among other duties, at the Chicago Tribune. He bore witness to many historical events, and was night photo editor at the Tribune the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The Art Box is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For further information, contact Daniel Grych at 815-758-0313 or email

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