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From Dusk To Dawn: Northeast Iowa Landscapes
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From Dusk To Dawn: Northeast Iowa Landscapes

Sunsets in Northeast Iowa can be quite awe-inspiring. Whether you are on a Sunday drive, or taking a walk on your favorite trail, the colors of the sun become deep and rich and the shadows seem to stretch out for miles. The sunrise can be equally magnificent, if you have had enough caffeine to wake up and enjoy it! Rolling hills, old barns and country roads are the perfect backdrop for a beautiful day and the inspiration to create works of art.

Growing up outside Garnavillo, Iowa gave NE Iowa artist Evan Ventris plenty of opportunities for inspiration and . His most recent body of work, titled “From Dawn To Dusk” is a series of photorealistic Northeast Iowa landscapes. To get the perfect photo references he spent hours driving old country roads before dawn, searching for just the right farm and just the right sunrise. Other times he rushed to our backyard to snap the sun just before it went down below the cornfields. From those photos he creates images like Sunset Over Dairy Farm, the oil painting shown in this blog post. 

Now its your chance to share in those fleeting moments Evan has captured in his paintings.  The Nash Gallery located at 371 Bluff Street (above Monk’s Kaffee Pub), in Dubuque, will host an opening artist reception for the series "From Dawn To Dusk" on Friday, October 18 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Refreshments will be served and Evan will be in attendance.Everyone is invited to attend, enjoy the images and share their love of Iowa’s rural landscapes. If you aren’t able to make it for the reception, don’t worry! The Nash Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays 12:00pm - 4:00pm and “From Dawn to Dusk” can be viewed Friday, October 18 through Sunday, December 1.

The Nash Gallery is supported by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society and provides a meaningful, permanent presence in downtown Dubuque’s cultural district and serves as a creative hub for the organization and its affiliates. The gallery’s programming supports the mission of DCFAS to encourage, promote, and present local and regional arts by providing exhibition space and networking for emerging and pioneering artists. We thank them for giving Evan the opportunity to showcase his work. To learn more about the Nash Gallery and to find out more about their upcoming shows log on now to

  1. ebatista79
    I grew up in northeast Iowa and I still feel like I am truly home whenever I come back to visit family and friends.

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