OTTUMWA — Richard Dutton’s exhibition, “Recent Works,” will open in the Indian Hills Community College Art Gallery on Monday, Sept. 9 with an artist’s reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and is open the public.
It will be on view until Thursday, Nov. 7 at the art gallery located in the Ottumwa Campus Library at 525 Grandview Ave. The gallery is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
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 over 30 years, retiring in 1999. Since that time, 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 this area may have seen in his works before. He has also 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, especially here in southeastern Iowa. 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.