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An Iowa native’s work will be displayed in Wartburg College’s Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery beginning Monday, Nov. 4.

“Reflections of the Iowa Landscape — Paintings by Kirk Hovenga” will run through Thursday, Dec. 19. The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8 with a gallery talk at 7 p.m. featuring Hovenga. Through stops in Kansas, Arizona and Florida, Hovenga explored art and developed an artistic style, which was inspired by museums and nature.

“In 2016 and 2017, I produced this series of paintings to give a vision of the Midwest landscape that was familiar and refreshing,” Hovenga said in an interview with the Iowa Source.

“I concentrated on the atmosphere and light found within our state capturing familiar snapshots of time transporting the viewer to the heat of a summer evening at dusk, or to the seat of a moving car passing by a field.”

Things came full circle in 2007 when Hovenga returned to Iowa and re-familiarized with the natural, rural landscape from
his childhood. Hovenga’s recent work explored the indelible mark of memory and light and the vibrancy of the Iowa terrain through color. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The gallery, located in the Bachman Fine Arts Center, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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