PLYMOUTH — The Life Enrichment Center will host a very unique art exhibit by local artist Wayne W. Hostetler from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8.
The exhibit will also be open on Saturdays for the public to view with the artist present. Hostetler will also be present during afternoons during the show at the Center at 1305 W. Harrison in Plymouth.
The show is unique in many ways. Its centerpiece will be a life- sized alligator. It will feature three different mediums – sculpture, water colors and photography – and none of the pieces are for sale.
“It’s strictly an exhibit,” said Hostetler of his work. “To me art is a test of skill and a labor of love. Because of that I can do anything I like. I tend to like subjects that have character.”
Those characters are wildlife – something that Hostetler admits has been “…almost an obsession…” with him since he was a young boy. His favorite subjects tend to be those that some might find very attractive.
“I have a photo in the exhibit of me holding an Eastern Diamondback rattler,” said Hostetler. “Lots of people see what I’ve done and they say ‘Are you nuts?’ I find character in lots of things others might not, in snakes and big, long necked, birds, things like that.”
The piece that will be the centerpiece of his exhibit certainly has character, and tested his skill. A very large sculpture of a life-sized alligator.
“I finished it several years ago but I haven’t been able to enter it in contests or display it anywhere except for a few friends,” said Hostetler. “I have some younger muscle coming to help me bring it down.”
An artist with a great devotion to detail, Hostetler says that he has nearly 4,000 hours of time wrapped up in the making of the sculpture.
“My old biology teacher had taken a photo of a full-grown alligator catching and eating an Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake that appeared in National Geographic all the way back in 1957,” he said of the work. “I kept those pictures all this time because I knew that one day I wanted to paint that scene or do something with it. I had a chance to spend a winter in Florida playing in the woods and catching snakes and I had access to two alligator skins that I studied very closely every day. I came home with a ‘how to’ guide on how to build an alligator and that’s what I did.”
There is no charge for the exhibit at the Life Enrichment Center that will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Sept. 28 until Oct. 8. For more information call 866-936-9904.