Inspired in part by the history, culture and geography of South Africa, Luther College alumni siblings Elsa (Otte) Hammond, Paul Otte and Daniel Otte will present a mixed-media exhibit Oct. 16-Dec. 6 in the upper level foyer of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.
A reception for the artists will be held 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 17, in the upper level foyer of the Center for Faith and Life as part of Luther Homecoming. Both the exhibit and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.
Born in South Africa, the siblings are third-generation descendants of Norwegian and German missionaries. They are also second-generation graduates of Luther and frequently return to South Africa, finding inspiration in their home region.
Elsa, class of 1962, first earned a nursing degree at Waldorf College before earning a bachelor's degree in biology from Luther. For many years, she painted theatrical backdrops for the Northfield Arts Guild in Minnesota. After earning a master's degree in worship arts, she began to paint with oils as well. She travels extensively, teaching art and design, and conducting banner-making workshops.
Paul, class of 1963, earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Luther before earning a bachelor's degree in English at Augustana College. In South Africa, he taught himself batiking, the creation of imagery on fabric through the use of wax and colored dyes, before settling in Eugene, Oregon, to teach batiking to young artists at the Eugene Artist-in-the-Schools Elementary Program.
Daniel, class of 1963, earned a bachelor's degree in biology at Luther. He then earned a doctoral degree in zoology at the University of Michigan. Daniel currently serves as curator emeritus at the Academy of Natural Sciences and professor of biology at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is an expert on crickets and grasshoppers, having discovered more than 1,600 new species worldwide, and is well known for his scientific illustrations.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.