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Artist Reception: Mark Whelan

When Sep 22, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Decorah native and Luther College alumnus Mark Whelan is the Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery featured artist until the end of September. A reception for Whelan will be held from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday September 22 on the 2nd floor of the library. The public is invited to come and meet Whelan, enjoy the show, and sample light refreshments provided by the Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC).


According to Whelan, “The ability to draw has allowed me the opportunity to physically portray an array of dreams, inspirations, and passions. Exploring a vast repertoire of creativity by limited means, such as pen and ink, is a challenge but one I have embraced since my childhood. Motion pictures, music, literature, graphic novels and electronic games were- and are- a profound influence. The works of Akira Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Steven Spielberg, Yu Suzuki and Wendy and Richard Pini continue to enthrall and compel me, but it is in company with my friends and family that my greatest ideas are realized. The extraordinary people I encounter and befriend throughout my life have served well in developing me artistically and spiritually. I am indebted to their support and humbled by their own amazing talents and accomplishments. The work currently on display at Decorah Public Library is a collection of ‘conceptual drawings’ and ‘production stills’ that complement my film and graphic novel brainstorms. Behind every piece lies a story begging to be told. I hope the imagery will be enough to satisfy those unfamiliar with the stories surrounding their creation; it is the pivotal hurdle in conveying any genuine emotional attachment to these works. If those unknowing are able to devise their own story from these images, my duty as an artist will be fulfilled.”


The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery has been a joint project of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah Area Regional Arts Council (DRAC) since 1998. The Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm.


Anyone interested in exhibiting artwork in the Gallery should contact Ellen Macdonald at or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717. Two-month time slots are available beginning in October.