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   from the issue of August 17, 2006

Great Plains Gallery presents Sutton's watercolor landscapes

Landscape architect Richard Sutton deals in images.


For more than 30 years, Sutton has taught graphic communication, plant materials and design, in the landscape design option for horticulture majors and now in the newly organized landscape architecture program at UNL.

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by Sutton is on display through Sept. 30 at UNL's Great Plains Art Gallery, 1155 Q St. The exhibition, "Machine in the Garden," records impressions of a small part of the Great Plains landscape. This is the first watercolor show for Sutton, a 20-year fellow in UNL's Center for Great Plains Studies.

Coming to watercolor painting from a background in rendering landscapes as a part of his architecture training, Sutton is self-taught. He learns from looking closely at the work of others and as he admits, "by making lots of mistakes." He also learns by looking closely at the landscape around us and has about a half-dozen sketchbooks in which he has recorded pencil and ink impressions of designed landscapes from the United States, Europe and Japan. For this show, small formats and the use of watercolors for rapid sketching allowed him to capture the dynamic Great Plains skyscapes.

An opening reception will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in the gallery.



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