Local News: Arts Center Hosts Photo Exhibit (3/23/22)


LE MARS — On March 22, the Le Mars Arts Center will inaugurate a photographic exhibition with a jury, “Renouveau & Croissance”.

The Renewal & Growth exhibition is a juried presentation of regional photographic artists of all levels.

The artists whose work will be on display are Mitch Keller from Sioux City, Heather Hinds from Le Mars, Cindy Thoms from Le Mars, Karon Dorr from Orange City, Hope Wallen from Le Mars and Greg Brown from Omaha, Nebraska.

Prizes will be awarded to artists who best interpret the theme of renewal, growth and spring, according to Annie Laursen, director of programming at Center d’arts Le Mars.

The call for entries was open to all artists over the age of 16 residing in the states of Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska.

“Chris Becker will be our juror for the exhibit,” Laursen said.

Becker will select the winners of the exhibition. Becker holds a master’s degree in photography and an artisan diploma from the Professional Photographers of America. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer and Past President of Professional Photographers of Iowa.

“We haven’t had a photograph for a while,” she said. “It’s one of those accessible art forms that gets a lot of interest. We thought we could showcase and see if there was any local talent we could show off.”

Photos must be taken within the last two years. So fairly recent, but a little cushion of time,” Laursen noted.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 24. The exhibition will continue until May 7.

In keeping with the spring theme, Laursen has been busy working on programming.

“We have a whole new line of spring programs, adult and youth,” she said. “For adults, we had guest artists, Randy Mackey returning with a beginners watercolor class, Vivian Miller returning with a collage workshop and Jessi Lynch will continue to teach some of her acrylic painting classes.

“We have really talented artists who will teach our adult classes for us,” she said.

One of the new events will take place in May.

“We did the dad and daughter night in February and it was really a big hit, so we’re going to try a mom and son night. There will be different games and stations, and art projects. It will be the Friday night before Mother’s Day. We have a lot of fun programs coming up,” Laursen said.

The gallery, gift exhibit, and Le Mars Arts Center studio hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1-7 p.m., Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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