Visitors to Grant’s Meadowlark Gallery during the month of August will be treated to a collection of watercolors courtesy of local artist and art instructor Lance Wurst.
Lance earned a B.A. in art education and history education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983, and an M.A. in art ed from the University of New Mexico in 1989. He has also attended classes at Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. He has spent his entire career as an educator, the last 13 years in Perkins County along with wife Paula, who also teaches and coaches. The Wursts have two grown daughters, Sarah and JoAnna.
Lance’s love of rural Nebraska has origins in his childhood in Seward County, and is evident in his work. His subjects include portraits, buildings, landscapes, animals, wildlife, machinery and western art. He leans toward realistic portrayals of his subjects, but incorporates abstract patterns that invite the viewer in for a closer look.
While continuing to teach and coach full time, he manages to create between five and eight paintings a year, each taking up to 35 hours to complete.
Lance has made his mark on Nebraska’s art scene, exhibiting and earning awards at many juried shows, including a solo exhibit at the Governor’s Mansion through the Nebraska Arts Council; Best of Show at Holyoke, Colo.; and Best of Show at the Nebraska and Iowa Art Educators Juried Show, among others.
He has exhibited on the national level at a show in Wisconsin.
The public is invited to visit with the artist at an open house sponsored by the Perkins County Area Arts Council on Sunday, Aug. 10, noon until 2 p.m.