Dennis Peterka: Abstract Landscapes, with Steve Sinner & Joe Meirhaeghe: Turned Wood Vessels

We are pleased to present a joint exhibition of abstract landscape paintings by Dennis Peterka, paired with turned wood vessels by Steve Sinner & Joe Meirhaeghe, March 7 – April 13. The artists will be honored during the March 7 Gallery Walk, 5-8pm, at 17 venues in downtown Iowa City.


A resident of Waverly, Iowa, Dennis Peterka finds inspiration in the process and media of painting as well from the natural world. He uses these to create abstract landscapes. He tells us, “For me the process of art making is an adventure with the media. Sometimes that process is directed by specific imagery and at other times I let the media suggest the painting and direction---sort of subconscious to conscious ordering. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the natural environment hasn’t figured into much of my work. Being raised in the rural Midwest has provided me with an abundant source of subject matter to use as inspiration.”

Highlights during Peterka’s 37-year teaching career include a summer Fulbright Grant to Belgium and Holland, and being one of sixteen art educators chosen from throughout the United States for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Teachers as Artists Program at Colorado College. Peterka has exhibited his work in competitive and one-man shows. His work can be found in collections in the United States and England.


Steve Sinner & Joe Meirhaeghe
collaborate on turned wood vessels and their surface treatments. Sinner has “made things” all his life, starting with a basement workshop in childhood. His early career in manufacturing became full time work as an artist in 1998. Sinner and Meirhaeghe collaborate on new work that is lightweight, with beautiful surface treatments. The public is often surprised to learn their work is actually wood, mistaking it for ceramic or glass. The artists regularly promote the art of woodturning with hobbyists and the public in demonstrations at local festivals. They are residents of the Quad Cities.

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. features work by American artists and specializes in Midwestern artists. 2014 is the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary!

Daily hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information, please contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.


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at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Dennis Peterka, Coastal Storm, painting, 28 x 24"
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Steve Sinner & Joe Meirhaeghe Blackened Hickory Turned Wood Vessel, 12".
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Dennis Peterka, Field At Dusk, 28 x 24"

at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Steve Sinner & Meirhaeghe, Turned Wood Vessel.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Dennis Peterka, Tilled Earth, 8 x 24"
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Steve Sinner & Joe Meirhaeghe, Turned Wood Vessel
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