Through July 22 Dan Howard: Recent Paintings Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, 1108 Jackson St., FREE Opening reception June 17, 6-9p.m. 402.884.0911, A happy birthday indeed; for Dan Howard’s 80th he’s truly celebrating in style, showing three exhibitions simultaneously in Omaha and Lincoln including “Recent Paintings” at the Downtown Anderson O’Brien featuring eight of his recent oil paintings and one watercolor/pen and ink on Bristol board. The retired University of Lincoln professor and University of Iowa alumna began by exhibiting works created over the past twenty years at Sheldon Museum of Art, followed by recent paintings shown at Kiechel Fine Art in Lincoln. Howard has received over 100 prizes, awards and honors over his 40+ years career as artist and educator, his work described as a fine-line between abstraction and representational art, large canvases of gestural, swirling images. In his most recent pieces shown at Anderson O’Brien, he re-explores his beginnings, examining the basic art-school concepts of drawing within the practice of painting. Will he continue? “One thing I have learned,” said the artist with work in collections internationally, “…is that ‘it’s never over until it’s over,’…but it has been a wonderful ride so far!”

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