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McKuin opens exhibit at Wichita Mountains Visitor Center gallery

Skiatook native Lauren McKuin spent Labor Day afternoon putting up her first photo exhibit in the gallery of the Wichita Mountains Visitor Center.

All 24 of the digital images in the show were taken on the refuge, and they all have the same dimensions – 12 inches by 18 inches. About five were taken with her Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the rest on her new, ultra-lightweight Fuji mirrorless camera, which she finds really nice for shooting weddings.

In 2007, the same year that she graduated from Skiatook High School, she was one of the budding young artists who attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain Lodge. When she returned to this area in June 2017 with her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Seth McKuin, she experienced a feeling of déjà vu upon visiting a nearby resort community.

“It was kind of strange coming back here because I forgot that I had actually been to Medicine Park, and I’d been around the area, over 10 years ago,” she said.

The couple met while she was a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Ga. He was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, an Army post inside of Savannah.

“We met there. We hit it off. And then after I graduated we moved to Washington state, and he was a part of 2nd Ranger Battalion. We were there for about four years, and we had our first daughter, Madilyn. She’s now 2½. It’s a fun age. And then we also have a newborn. She was born a month ago today. Her name is Nova,” she explained.

The McKuins are planning on staying in Oklahoma after her husband gets out of the Army. He’s currently assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., but stationed here at Fort Sill.

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