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Botanical, liturgical art coming to Brauer Museum

The winter exhibition at Valparaiso University's Brauer Museum kicked off with an opening reception last year. New spring exhibits premier April 12.

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Art connoisseurs, it's time for another visit to Valparaiso University's art museum.

The Brauer Museum will premiere new spring exhibits with a 7 p.m. opening reception April 12 at VU's Center for the Arts.

The museum will display “Botanical Lore, Legend and Transformation: Works by Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson," both of whom are Northwest Indiana-based artists.

"Peterson is an internationally exhibiting artist and educator whose work is multifaceted and explores all types of paper fibers and processes," VU stated in a news release. "Hook specializes in clay pottery and sculpture and draws inspiration from the natural world."

The artists will offer a special gallery talk starting at 7 p.m. April 19.

The Ferguson Gallery will feature liturgical pieces in “The Art of Ernst Schwidder” exhibit.

"Through Schwidder’s skills and vision, he has significantly influenced church design nationwide," VU stated in the news release. "The Brauer Museum has in its exhibition paintings by Schwidder, as well as a large hand-carved mahogany altar that Schwidder originally created for Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle."

The museum's Wehling and McGill Galleries also will showcase student pieces in the university's annual student art exhibition.

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