Luther College hosts gallery reception for Carl Homstad

Luther College is hosting a gallery reception for Carl Homstad, the artist behind the oil painting exhibit "Great Places," from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the second floor gallery of the Center for Faith and Life on Luther's campus.

The reception is open to the public with no charge for admission.

"Great Places," on display Aug. 30-Oct. 11, features scenes from exotic locations around the world as well as some from the Midwest. Homstad seeks to bring a "zen" sensitivity to his pieces, having studied Asian art in China and Japan. He attempts to make each piece a snapshot of a place and time, attempting to combine the physical and philosophical world.

Homstad earned a Bachelor of Arts in art from Luther in 1973. He's since studied in Europe, China, Japan and New Zealand. His work has been displayed in Agora Arts and The Perfect Edge, both in Decorah, in addition to in Iowa City and Mason City, Iowa; Madison and Ellison Bay, Wisconsin; and Spring Grove, Minnesota. He has had several solo shows, including one at Luther in 2005.

Homstad received the Distinguished Service Award from Luther in 1998. 

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Yellowstone Falls, WY, painted by Carl Homstad