"Naturally Iowa" - Gary Hoard
December 2 - 30, 2022

Exhibition Description:

This exhibit is a collection of photographic images on metal of Iowa animals and plants in their natural environments. Also included are some Iowa landscapes that evoke the feeling of peace and solitude that being 'close to nature' brings us. The images are printed on metal which reflects the vibrancy Gary Hoard sees in the natural world.

Artist Biography:

Gary Hoard has been photographing for over 50 years. He began with film and moved to digital photography, enhancing his skills through photo workshops and seminars, and striving to understand more about the birds, insects, plants and animals that share our world. 

Gary enjoys photographing nature in any form, but also finds pleasure in capturing uncommon views of common subjects, with the Des Moines area offering many beautiful opportunities. His photos are primarily of Iowa, but he enjoys traveling and capturing photos around the United States. State, County and National Parks are his favorite places to shoot photos. Weekend trips and vacations are always planned with photographic opportunities in mind.  Residing near several parks and Gary's own bird and butterfly gardens provide opportunities to photograph birds and wildlife.

Gary's award winning photography is featured in the newly published "Iowa State Capitol Visitor Guide," in addition to being published in calendars and magazines.  His photographs have appeared in several exhibits including the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, the Ankeny Art Center, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Sanibel, Florida), State Library of Iowa (Des Moines), Grinnell Regional Medical Center and Octagon Center for the Arts (Ames).