“Perceptions of Reality” Impressionistic paintings in oil by Dana Hassett opens at the Coutts Museum of Art  Friday. 

“Perceptions of Reality” Impressionistic paintings in oil by Dana Hassett opens at the Coutts Museum of Art  Friday.  

The public is invited to attend a reception and meet the artist from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Hassatt will present a talk about her art at 7 p.m.

Her discussion will include the following topics:

• We do not see the world as it is: We see it as we are.

• To perceive: Information gained through the senses and transferred to the mind as knowledge

• Perception: An immediate or intuitive judgment of observation

“This exhibit is about combining knowledge with immediate and intuitive observation to realize and execute an image that speaks of ‘universal truths,’” said Hassett.  “Using self-prepared textured surfaces; impasto paint; free gestural brush strokes and palette knife – I’ve endeavored to capture transient moments in our everyday lives; using nature, ranchland animals and humans. These transient moments are the reality of our total life’s journey.  It is my sincere hope that perhaps one small image in the exhibit will cause you to pause and return to yourself.”

Hassett lives in the rolling Flinthills of Kansas and feels like an extension of them. Whenever the mood strikes, she hikes to the pastures around home or drives 10 minutes to the higher hills to find and catch an impression on canvas – en plain air.

She has a degree in design from the University of Kansas. Since she and her husband have been in the quarterhorse industry on a professional level for more than 30 years, she hadn’t pursued her art until recently.

It was after an animal related injury that she began to paint in earnest in 1996.

Painting outdoors provides the artistic growth, the spontaneity and integrity that are a must for Hassett.

These outdoor color studies are used as a basis for her studio work. She is influenced by the Russian Impressionists: in particular the early working class – 1945 – 1953 through Soviet virgin lands art 1954 – 1964.

Hassett has exhibited her work in group and invitational exhibitions throughout the state of Kansas, as well as in Montana, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Her work is represented and on display at the Quarter Circle I Bar Studio in Auburn, Kan.; the Southwind Gallery in Topeka; and the Rice Gallery in Leawood, Kan. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America.

This exhibit of her work will be on display at the Coutts Museum, located at 110 N. Main, through Nov. 10.

The public is invited to view her work during regular museum hours: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. For more information, call 321-1212.