Dutton art exhibition opens Monday at Indian Hills
OTTUMWA — Richard Dutton’s exhibition “Recent Works” will open Monday in the Indian Hills Community College Art Gallery, with an artist’s reception.
Dutton’s reception will run from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open the public. Refreshments will be served.
Dutton is one of the most recognized names in art in this area of the Midwest. He has exhibited watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings in southeastern Iowa for many years. Dutton taught art courses and headed up the art department at IHCC for more than 30 years, retiring in 1999. Since then, he and his wife Karen have moved to Hallsville, Mo., and have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Dutton’s painting style has changed dramatically since his retirement. His colors are bolder and his style is much more expressive than viewers in the area might have seen in his works before. He also has started doing many of his paintings outdoors and on location, what artists refer to as painting “en plein air.”
He is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and a past president of the group. He has earned two degrees in art: a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. He also studied watercolor and painting with noted artists Tony Couch and Irving Shapiro.
Dutton’s paintings can be found in many Midwestern art collections. His works can be seen in the Ottumwa Public Library, many local banks, businesses and private residences. Since his retirement, he has conducted many painting workshops throughout the country.
Dutton’s “Recent Works” will be on view until Nov. 7. The gallery is in the Ottumwa Campus Library. The gallery is open 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.