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Area Artist To Be Honored During Special Reception

By Staff | Nov 11, 2008


A former Ruthven resident will be honored Wednesday in the latest Iowa Artist Showacase with a reception at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. Danielle Clouse, who is the assistant curator of the Lakes Art Center, will be honored at the event, which will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lakes Art Center, located on U.S. Highway 71 in Okoboji.

The Iowa Artist Showcase is held every four months in the Lt. Governor’s Formal Office in the State Capitol, and will feature works of art submitted by Iowa artists. Selected by the Lt. Governor, the art will be on display throughout the Governor’s Office until the next Iowa Artist Showcase. This is the second installment of the showcase and highlights the work of two Northwest Iowa artists. Joining Clouse in the event is sculptor Ken Peterson of Sioux City.

A The public is invited to attend the reception and a brief program, to begin at 6 p.m. Iowa Lieutentant Governor Patty Judge will be be present to introduce the two artists, and at the end of the reception at the Pearson Lakes Art Center, the works by Clouse and Peterson will be taken to the State Capital to be on display in the Governor’s Office. Spirit Lake High School seniors Megan Skalbeck and Kathleen Rowley will be providing music for the event. This event is free and open to the public

Originally from Ruthven, Iowa, Danielle Clouse received her Associate of Arts Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in May of 2004 and later received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Northwest Missouri State University with an emphasis in painting and ceramics in 2007. The daughter of John and Rose Clouse of Ruthvben, Danielle is the assistant curator at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. Currently she is working out of her home studio in Spirit Lake.

“My most recent body of work is focused on the Iowa landscape, and comes from a series which I call Rural Abstraction,” Clouse explained. “Taking an abstract approach to the rural landscape creates a different way of seeing the area around me.”

LOOKING UP FROM THE HIGHWAY - An abstract of an Iowa roadside scene is one of the pieces of Danielle Clouse that will be featured during a public reception and Iowa Artists’ Showcase at the Pearson Lakes Arts Center in Spirit Lake on Wednesday night. -- Photo submitted

Clouse continued, “As we all know, the landscape is unavoidable in this area – driving from place to place, seeing it in its change of seasons, viewing it during different times of day. Because of these factors, the landscape provides an endless color palette and endless material to work from. Some paintings are created directly from a specific area while others are based on a combination of areas and experiences. Due to this focus, venturing from small town to small town usually lends itself more to research than to travel.”

With the artwork to be displayed in the State Capital, Clouse will be receiving statewide notice and honor, which she finds humbling.

“I am honored to be accepted for this,” Clouse admitted. “To be honest, the ‘coolness’ of this project didn’t really sink at first! It’s actually quite hard to believe, but I am glad I’ve been given the opportunity to represent Northwest Iowa.”