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Richard Leet Exhibition opens Friday at MacNider Museum

Richard Leet.

MASON CITY – Painting the Wind, Chasing the Seasons: Richard Leet, A Retrospective Exhibition Spanning Over Fifty Years of Creative Expression opens on Friday, September 14. The exhibition will be unveiled during an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Drop in, talk with the artist, and enjoy wine and appetizers as we celebrate Richard Leet’s artistic career! Leet was the founding Director of the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum from 1965 – 2001. This exhibition, presented in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery, features Leet’s artwork from the late 1950s to present, highlighting his work in oil, watercolor and pastel.

Richard Leet, in his own words:

“I have lived and worked in Iowa all of my life and I’ve done a lot of looking at the sky and ground around me. The contrasting character or personalities of urban and rural landscapes and the variety of experiences encompassed in the changing of the seasons have become engrained in my understanding and approach to life. The shapes, colors, lines, and moods of my paintings directly reflect my personal interpretation of what I know, see, and feel.

My curiosity about the infinite forces of energy that drive everything in existence . . . spinning the planets, flexing muscles, blowing down trees, shaking huge sections of earth, propelling microscopic bugs or cells . . . shows up in the energized compositions I create. My paintings contain escarpments of sorts, forms and spaces that push and pull, lines that move, and colors that sing.”

Please join the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in honoring and celebrating the prolific artistic career of Richard Leet. Exhibition catalogs will be available at the opening reception and for the run of the show.

Painting the Wind, Chasing the Seasons: Richard Leet, A Retrospective Exhibition Spanning Over Fifty Years of Creative Expression will be on display until Saturday, November 10.

Richard Leet, Summer Storm Rising 2007, watercolor.
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