A reception for the Vermillion artist Karl Hermanson will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at 502 Washington St. in Gayville, where an exhibit of his paintings continues at the Gayville Hall gallery through July.
Hermanson, age 47, is completing an MFA in theatre at the University of South Dakota, where he designed last season's production of "Peter Pan."
Born in North Africa, the son of an American air force chaplain stationed in Libya, Hermanson began drawing from early childhood while growing up around air force bases near Denver; Madrid, Spain; Durham, NC; and San Antonio, where he graduated from Olivier Wendell Holmes High School and was recognized for his art. He earned a B.A. degree in fine art from Dana College.
In 1993, Hermanson started painting images inspired by old black-and-white or color amateur family photographs from his own or earlier generations of his family and from old, found photographs whose subjects were unknown. The Gayville exhibit features paintings of this kind.
Hermanson has enjoyed a long career as a scenic artist in theatres across the country, including the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Baltimore Center Stage, the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, the Dartmouth Summer Theatre in New Hampshire, the New Mexico Repertory Theatre in Santa Fe, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, among others.
The reception and exhibit are free of charge. The gallery is open two hours prior two Gayville Hall concerts and by appointment. Call 605-267-2859.