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Paintings and pottery on display at Dordt College

May 31, 2013

An interesting combination of painting and pottery is on display through July 22 in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery. Paintings are by the late Norman Matheis and ceramics are by Levi O’bem Yakubu.

A collection of 12 large-scale works called “Flower Series” was commissioned by Dordt College in the mid-1980s, when Matheis was asked to create paintings celebrating Dordt’s tradition of having beautiful flower beds on campus. This series usually hangs in the B.J. Haan Auditorium and is being moved so more people can enjoy the exhibit.

Matheis, who passed away in 2009, helped build the art major program at Dordt College and taught at the college from 1977 to 1989.

Master Potter Yakubu’s pieces come from his two-week artist-in-residence visit to Dordt College in February. During his visit he conducted workshops, gave presentations, and worked onsite using Dordt’s facilities and firing methods.

Internationally renowned, Yakubu is based in Nigeria, West Africa, where he manages a ceramic production company Dajo Pottery. His works on display include functional pieces including a pitcher and cup set and casserole dishes; decorative pieces include vases and bottles. His works are for sale.

The public is welcome to enjoy the exhibit free of charge Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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