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Susan Moore's gallery exhibition

‘Sweet Indulgence’ on display at Art Center

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The Winterset Art Center hosted a Gallery Night on Friday, Sept. 27, for an exhibition of paintings by Susan Moore entitled “Sweet Indulgence”.

A 2007 graduate of Winterset High School, Moore shared her canvases with the community in the newly remodeled art space. Moore’s artwork focuses on subtle sensations of indulgence through the mediums of oil, acrylic and watercolor.

While describing her paintings to interested guests, Moore remarked that her favorite subject matter is food.

“It might seem silly,” she laughed. “I just love painting amazing food and always seem to focus on the sweet treats. My goal in painting is to make the viewer think about the sensations of indulgence a little longer.” 

Utilizing the complex tools of color and composition Moore's paintings magnify the viewers memories of taste, texture and aroma.

Focusing on chocolate, her canvases tempted the taste buds of attendees with hyperrealism style paintings of bite-size candies in luscious browns amidst candy wrappings. One could almost reach out and take a piece, as the paintings resembled a high resolution photograph. 

Through her studies at Winterset High School, Moore credits her high school art teacher Mrs. Kristi Hoefing for allowing the students to get out and explore art around them with different museum visits and fine art competitions. Appreciating this focus on the arts, and seeing the opportunities available for her talent, Moore was empowered to make it her career.

After graduating from high school she studied fine arts at Iowa State University and completed her studies with a BFA. Taking time to focus on her craft, she entered

numerous solo and group shows, juried art competitions, art walks, fundraisers or anything that surrounded her with people who had the same passion and fire.

Feeling her paintings were not growing, Moore headed to the University of North Texas in 2015 and taught as a lead studio instructor. This experience showed her how rewarding teaching could be and upon graduation in 2018 she moved back to the Midwest and became the fine arts professor at Peru State College in Peru, Neb.

“I am beyond thrilled to be in this position and have found teaching to be more rewarding than I could have imagined.”

The daughter of Randy and Mindy Thornburg of Winterset, Moore said her parents have always been so supportive and encouraging of her artistic endeavors. However, she says her biggest cheerleaders may be her husband, Brandon, and their three children. Moore says she always tries to keep her family involved with her art and career, as together they visit galleries and museums.

Viewing the art exhibition

Cheryl Hansen and Mindy Thornburg view the exhibition at Winterset Art Center.

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