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Moline, Illinois 61265
"Big Sky" Art Exhibition runs June 28th - July 25th
Beréskin Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
Friday, July 5th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our FIRST FRIDAY opening reception of "Big Sky" feauturing oil paintings by 'plein air' artist Hans Olson from Iowa.
You will have the opportunity to meet the artist, ask questions, and enjoy complementary refreshments while listening to live piano music.
Come support local art and meet the artists represented at Bereskin Art Gallery!
Artist Statement & Biography:
"The message of my paintings is a simple one, 'Feel peace.' Let the combinations of light, color, atmosphere, and the beautiful landscape
wash over you and take you to a place where you can hear the sounds of the birds around you, feel the warmth of a setting sun, and smell the freshly-cut hay. I seek peace--in the world and within myself. Painting helps me experience that, and I hope that my work will have the same effect on you.
I paint because I cannot not paint, if that makes any sense. It is my spiritual path, one that delivers me from the stress of this crazy world. Since returning to Iowa I have become increasingly interested in plein air painting. Painting ‘en plein air’ (in the open air) is a pursuit unlike any other painting technique. It challenges me to concentrate every sensory nerve on the information in front of me. I love the experience– from sight to sound, from temperature to atmosphere, and then channeling all those feelings from head to hand, re-creating the vision in front of me on canvas. It is truly a spiritual experience for me. Painting en plein air takes me out of my mind and into peace and happiness.”
After years spent out West painting, Hans decided to do something he had never considered since he graduated from high school 23 years earlier. He felt a calling to return to the Midwest and began painting the motifs that inspired him in his youth. “It took almost a year to appreciate the natural beauty of this area after coming from the island of Maui. Now I look forward to the change of seasons with great anticipation. The simple landscape with it’s huge sky and rolling prairies inspires me now.” - Hans Olson
Check out his website at https://hansolson.com/