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Dakota Discovery Museum hosting area artist’s exhibit

Shown here is the “Give Me a Break” oil painting by Bill Wegleitner. (Submitted photo)

The Dakota Discovery Museum is hosting “Back to the Hills,” an exhibit of the work of area artist Bill Wegleitner.

The exhibit opened Saturday and run through Nov. 15. A free-admission public reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the museum, with a gallery talk at 2:15. Wegleitner will be doing several painting demonstrations at the museum during his exhibit. Check the museum website or call for his schedule.

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Born and raised in the Dakotas, Wegleitner spent countless hours traversing the prairies.

“In my youth, I spent hours exploring the wooded areas surrounding the Missouri River on the same paths that the great explorers Lewis and Clark traveled,” Wegleitner said.

“Over the years, I have traveled a fair amount. I have spent time in the Northern Rockies of Montana and Colorado, the Sierras and have been to the wilds of the Canadian Territories, exploring the outdoors all the while. All these experiences are instrumental to shaping my thoughts when I attempt to capture a moment in time on canvas.”

Wegleitner’s most recent works express his love of the Black Hills. “Its stories of the Old West, Deadwood, the gold rush and pioneers have always captured my imagination.”

Selected pieces of Wegleitner’s work are featured during this exhibit. The majority of his work, including his wildlife paintings, can be seen at Wegleitner Fine Art Gallery & Studio, which he opened in October 2012 at 322 W. Havens Ave., Mitchell.

The museum is located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell. The museums hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is open by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.