An exhibit by Pella artist Andrea Van Wyk will be featured in the Central College Mills Gallery April 4-20, 2018.
Life experiences provide the inspiration for Van Wyk’s work, which include her interpretation of nature and architecture. She describes her exhibit as an exploration of the organic subjects she loves and the new environments she discovers when she travels.
“The paintings of flowers are a way for me to express my faith and appreciation for all the blessings in nature that I try not to overlook,” Van Wyk says. “The architectural compositions are a metaphor for overcoming fear and taking steps of faith to grow and experience life to its fullest. Through painting, I experience great joy and fulfillment. I hope to share that with those who view my art.”
Van Wyk is a 1984 Central graduate who earned a master’s in art education from Iowa State University. An art educator at Pella Community Schools, she is currently teaching eight different exploratory art classes at the middle school and an art appreciation class at the high school. In addition, she is an arts education instructor at Central.
Her work is frequently exhibited with the Des Moines Paintpushers group, and she has achieved signature member status in the Iowa Watercolor Society. For more information about Van Wyk or and to see a collection of her work, go to www.andreavanwyk.com.
Mills Gallery will host an artist talk and reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Mills Gallery. The exhibit and artist talk are free and open to the public. Mills Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Treva Reimer at 641-628-5334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.