Artists to exhibit in conjunction with play

Eleven area artists will exhibit their work in a show entitled "Inception/ Perception" at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, April 10-26. The exhibit is in conjunction with the NWC theatre production, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," written by comedian and actor Steve Martin. The art show is part of The Touring Gallery series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, featuring area artists in local venues.

Featured artists include Karla Arévalo, a Northwestern senior from Fairbault, Minn., who is showing "Gitanos," inspired by living in Seville, Spain for a semester, studying Picasso's work, and encountering a culture new to her – Gypsies. Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center is exhibiting batiked fabrics which were inspired by the Don Quixote drawings of Picasso. 

Loretta Leman of Webster City is showing "Crossroads," her attempt at adding more abstraction to her work, with different paint applications. Photographer Katie Buntsma of Orange City, a Northwestern sophomore, thrives on "creating new perspectives on objects that we see and use every day," she says.

Jacob Van Wyk of the Dordt College art department is showing two color lithographs from stone – an extension of his Angel Eyes series. He relates to dancing and angels, he said, "as metaphors for living ... the mystery of movement and celestial power." He uses figurative art, explaining that his challenge "is to be specific enough to draw the viewer into this artificial world and make it believable, yet offering suggestions and possibilities for the mysteries of life and creation."

Other artists to exhibit are Anna Witt of Akron, Daniel Ruf of Spirit Lake, Marilyn Weidenaar of Sioux Center, Mark Alsum of Orange City, Glenda Drennen and Avis Davis. Much of the art will be available for purchase.

The Touring Gallery is funded by the Sioux County Community Foundation, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the Orange City Arts Council. Artists and venues interested in participating in The Touring Gallery may contact the Orange City Arts Council, 712-707-4885 or