Evanny Angelene Henningsen Artwork at the Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy -- beginning January 23.

Tuesday, January 23, through Thursday, February 22

Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, 2967 State Street, Bettendorf IA

Works by four Midwestern female artists will be on display at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy beginning January 23, with paintings by Evanny Angelene Henningsen featured in the exhibit Utah Colors, and pieces in various mediums by Ann Peters, Amy Whiteman and Olivia von Gries – all former students of gallery owner Pat Beréskin – in the fittingly titled exhibition Coming Home.

From an early age, Henningsen displayed a natural affinity, as encouraged by illustrator Paul Lange, for making drawing a foundational strength, sketching from imagination and practicing life drawing amongst other artists at Maquoketa Art Experience and with the Davenport group A Fine Line. After earning her associate's degree at Scott Community College, Henningsen went on to pursue intensive training in Florence, Italy, at Angel Academy of Art, employing methods adopted from the 19th-Century European ateliers. She then studied under contemporary master Jeff Hein in Salt Lake City, exploring multi-figure painting utilizing a full range of colors, and is currently known for her portrait and figurative work using traditional mediums of charcoal and oil paint, “Evanny is a natural-born artist with an extreme gift," says Beréskin of the Henningsen exhibit Utah Colors. "We are honored to show her work along with three of my talented returning students."

Ann Peters

Among those artists being showcased in the Coming Home exhibition, Ann Peters is a third-year honors student at the University of Iowa, where she is majoring in Studio Art and pursuing her Art Education teaching certification, and plans to graduate with a BFA in Drawing. Whiteman studies Biological Pre-Medical Illustration at Iowa State University, where, after a brief stint learning biochemistry, she turned back to her artistic roots to pursue a career of scientific illustration. And von Gries is a junior in the Honors Program at the University of Iowa majoring in both Art History and Studio Art and minoring in Psychology, whose work in sculpture is inspired by the expressive figures she studied during a stay in Florence.

An opening reception in celebration of Utah Colors and Coming Home will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on January 27, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free, and more information is available by calling (563)508-4630 or visiting BereskinArtGallery.com.

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