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Bold, expressive works hang at Watershed

Adam Swanson uses expressive gestural strokes and bright, bold colors to capture animals, landscapes and birds such as this chickadee. His works are hanging in the National Eagle Center Watershed Gallery January through April 2018. Painting by Adam Swanson

WABASHA — The National Eagle Center will hold a reception Tuesday, Jan. 30, for its "Art of Adam Swanson" exhibition in the Watershed Gallery.

Working primarily with acrylic on canvas, Swanson uses expressive bright, bold colors to capture animals and landscapes. The underlying theme to all his work is a focus on our natural surroundings and how it ties into our humanity. This exhibit includes new pieces created specifically for this exhibition, which will hang through April 2018.

"My current interest in painting gained fresh energy when I was in Antarctica working for the National Science Foundation," Swanson said in his show notes. "Living for years in such an extreme environment changed the way I viewed the world and humanity. An environment revered by both scientist and artist, the singular landscape of Antarctica asked me to see a possibility in which art, science and humanity could be combined to extract realness out of complex theories and feelings.

"In 2009 I returned to northern Minnesota to work more seriously on developing my voice as an artist," Swanson added. "I live in a log home in the woods, am married and a father of two."

The public may meet the artist and ask questions 4:30-6:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Watershed Gallery at the National Eagle Center showcases the artistic works of regional artists. Admission to the gallery is included with daily admission to the National Eagle Center. For more information, visit