Arts on display

Denny Armentrout, of Webster City, had several of his photographs on display Sunday afternoon during an exhibit at the Willow Ridge Restaurant that was part of Iowa Central Community College’s Art at the Willow event.

He’s not a typical student in the school’s photography program.

“I don’t need a career in it,” he said of his plans not to become a working professional.

Why not?

He’s already had a career, Armentrout, now 70 took up photography after buying some equipment upon retiring.

“I bought some gear, really didn’t know how to use it,” he said, “It came to this.”

He said he enjoys photographing a variety of subjects, nature and wildlife are his favorites though.

He tends to be generous with his work.

“If you like a picture,” he said, “You’ll probably end up with it.”

Howard Haase is the coordinator of the Iowa Central photography program, he said almost 20 students are enrolled in the course which was approved to start this spring.

“They’ve done wonderfully,” he said of the work on display and his students, “There’s a lot of talent here.”

Most of his students are in the, “Just graduated high school to Denny.”

In addition to the display of photographs, a number of paintings were also on display Sunday. Earlier in the week, guests could have taken in a play.

Sean Coughlin, of New York, N.Y. came back to Iowa Central to help write and direct.

“It’s a sci-fi, comedy, action parody,” he said.

He was glad that several art disciplines were featured.

“It’s so much fun to experience so much,” he said, “They all get validated and their due.”

Andi Dema, of Washington D.C. also made the trip to Iowa to participate.

As he looked over the visual works, two struck him, a photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge and a painting of a woman in a nightgown by Olivia Jondle.

“It’s delightful,” he said “The assortment is great.”

Mathilde Baldwin, of Fort Dodge, is a former Iowa Central student who came to enjoy the show with her husband Gerold Stockdale and daughter Zelda.

She now works as a graphic designer for a firm in Fort Dodge.

“I”m really impressed with a lot of the work,” she said.

While work and a new baby make demands on her time, there is still a little room for her own art.

“I try to paint and draw a bit,” she said.

Gerold Stockdale also enjoyed the show, he’s a student working to become a writer.

“Some of it is really good,” he said.