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Prestigious traveling art exhibit stops in Le Mars

Prestigious traveling art exhibit stops in Le Mars
 
 

A northwest Iowa art gallery is one of just three national stops for a traveling exhibit of over 40 paintings by international artists. The American Watercolor Society debuted the works in New York City in April before they were shipped to the Le Mars Arts Center. Nancy Thoma, president of the Arts Council in Le Mars, says it's an amazing array. 

"There's something for everyone in this exhibit. You don't have to be an art lover or even an art appreciator to come in there and know that there was some major talent that produced some of these pieces," she says. "You just wonder: 'How did they do that?'"

The artworks will be on display in Le Mars through July 14th before being shipped to a museum in California. The traveling exhibit's final stop will be early next year in Florida. Draven Haegs is the recently hired director of the Le Mars Arts Center. 

"To be perfectly honest, it's a little bit daunting coming in and my first exhibit is this massive, prestigious organization that I studied a bit in college, so it's an interesting exhibit to be a part of," he says, "but it's also one that I'm also so ecstatic to be a part of."

The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866. Famed artists Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth were members of the group, which holds an annual exhibition. The traveling exhibit's opening this week in Le Mars is happening during the community's annual "Ice Cream Days" celebration.

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