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Retired Jackson teacher Marsha Sander exhibits nature and wildlife photography

Marsha Sander shown with a few of her photos at the history center. Photo by Jay Forness

Marsha Sander held her first photography exhibit at the Cape Girardeau County History Center. A closing reception for the exhibit was held on April 10 at the history center.

“This was my first exhibit, and it was wonderful seeing the support from Jackson,” Sander said.

Sander taught 28 years in the Jackson R-2 School District, having taught third grade, fourth grade and middle school art. She was also a READ facilitator during her teaching career. Sander started Marsha D. Sander Photography in Grace in 2016, focusing on pristine landscapes and wildlife photography.

“In my photographs, I hope that people feel like they can walk right in and experience what I experienced,” Sander said.

Sander said she chose the name Photography in Grace because she feels her photography has brought her closer to God. “Every one of these pictures is a gift from God,” she said.

One of the first photos she took at the start of her photography career was of an eagle she saw while on an Alaskan cruise. “We had gotten off the ship, and the eagle was there, probably 40 to 50 feet away,” Sander said. “It was amazing.”

Sander said she has recently tried to find eagles to photograph but wasn’t able to find any – highlighting how much of a gift it was to find the eagle the first time.

Sander said she has taken photos during trips, including at Yellowstone National Park and in Hawaii, as well as locations in Cape Girardeau County. A photo of a flower on display was taken from her kitchen table. “You don’t need to travel very far,” she said.

Sander’s work will be shown next in Kirkwood on April 24.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at

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