Storm Lake's own Danuta Zamjoska Hutchins has opened a one-woman exhibit at the Witter Art Gallery, "All Creatures Big and Small." The show is open to the public, free of charge, and runs from today through May 9.
A public reception will be held on Thursday, May 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
"I have included various portraits, collection ensembles, flowers, and imaginary sculptural pieces to encourage us to cherish and protect all beings of the earth, no matter how important or famous they are," Hutchins said of her show.
"We all compose a web of interrelated beings and once an individual, or a species is lost we may all not survive. The Earth is a bound, limited home, and anything we do to it and its beings returns to us manifold.
"As an artist I see God's beauty in His creations and cannot resist but try to convey my awe of the beauty of each one," she says.
During the reception, she will do as many portraits as possible in pastel or pen, with money raised from that project donated to the gallery. Anyone, young or old, is encouraged to sit for a portrait at this time.
Artworks in this colorful show include: ink drawings-silk screen prints-egg tempera and oil florals and sculpture in various media. Visitors will also learn about her other projects, such as restoration of the "Stations of the Cross" for St. Mary's church, and her Sculpt Siouxland pieces "Elements" and "Jacob's Ladder" to be installed in front of the former Younkers building downtown SC, May 10th, 2008, for the annual juried sculptor's show.
Hutchins is a native of Warsaw, Poland who escaped the Nazi regime, and a longtime educator at numerous universities and colleges in Iowa. She has also written several books and is a sought-after speaker, and since her early retirement, has concentrated on her art career.
*Next up at the Witter, the Storm Lake Middle School Blue Ribbon Show runs May 13- 23, with a reception for the young artists of Barb Patten on Thursday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.