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'Iron Man' coming to Dakota Discovery Museum

The Evolution of Iron, an exhibition of the work of Clark Martinek, will open June 8 and run through Aug. 31, at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell.

A free admission public reception will be held for the artist from 2 to 4 p.m. June 8 with a Gallery Talk at 2:15 p.m. Forging demonstrations will follow.

The exhibition will feature works Clark has created, from early tooling and functional hinges to modern abstract sculptures.

Hoping to inspire others, Martinek will demonstrate how he is able to bring metal to life in his forge on the museum grounds during the summer exhibition.

Martinek's love for iron working began at age 15 when he took high school welding classes.

"I loved it. I thought it was exotic to work with metal," Martinek said.

It was a natural progression from welder to artisan blacksmith for Martinek, he said.

After time in Arizona being mentored by artist blacksmith Peter Sevin, Martinek, his wife, and son returned to Mitchell two years ago to be closer to family.

The Dakota Discovery Museum is located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell. The museum's hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or by appointment only on Sunday and Wednesday.

For more information, call 996-2122.