CLINTON — The River Arts Center is exhibiting the talents of Tom Hempel of Davenport in his colorful watercolor scenes of "Boats, Barns, and Bungalows."
The exhibit runs through Nov. 11, with a reception for the artist from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. The art center is located at 229 Fifth Ave. South, in Clinton, and is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Exhibit viewings are free and open to the public.
Hempel is a talented and creative artist whose work is some of the most well-known in the Quad-Cities. To date, he has painted 1,200 originals depicting a wide variety of subjects, but is most recognized for his paintings of public and private buildings, water scenes, farms and landscapes.
His love of painting began as a child and at the age of 13 he created his first watercolor painting. In addition to being self-taught, his interest and expertise were piqued and honed through advanced art classes at Bettendorf High School. He sold his first painting in 1975 and continues to sell his creations through public and private outlets, festivals, art shows, commissions and online at www.tfhempelwatercolors.com.
Hempel has received many awards for his work at the Riverssance Art Festival, Beaux Arts, CASI and the Iowa Watercolor Society. He is also author of a book "Boats, Barns, and Bungalows," which received second place in North America in 2015 from the National Indie Excellence Awards. He teaches watercolor classes at Blackhawk Community College, Moline, Illinois, and at Hobby Lobby in Davenport.