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Naturescapes coming to the Octagon

Naturescapes at the Octagon; Art by Pratik Ray, Mike Leinhauser and Gary Hoard.

Going on right now, the Octagon Center for the Arts is hosting a new exhibit that features the works of three artists: Pratik Ray, Mike Leinhauser, and Gary Hoard. The exhibit is called “Naturescapes,” as the works of art featured focus on nature.

This exhibit opened on March 30 and is available to the public until Saturday, May 18, and is located in the Community Gallery. As all the exhibits showcase each artists’ photography, people are able to see multiple perspectives of nature through the same artistic medium.

All of the artists featured in this exhibit are based out of Iowa, with one of the artists, Pratik Ray, being an Iowa State University graduate. This exhibit offers the people in the Ames community a chance to appreciate the beauty of the natural environment and the connection of nature with the built environment.

In a statement by Pratik Ray, he states, “Through my work, I hope to share my excitement and that rare feeling of bliss one experiences when journeying through the lap of nature, motivate people to appreciate nature and spark efforts to preserve and nurture them.” More information about the artists that will be featured can be found at

The Octagon Center for the Arts is a non-profit community art center in the heart of downtown Ames, Iowa. A cornerstone of the cultural scene in Ames since 1966, the Octagon serves more than 30,000 people each year through art classes and outreach, rotating exhibits, a retail gallery shop, and the annual Octagon Art Festival. For more information about our organization, please visit our website:

Please feel free to contact Rhonda Scott, events coordinator, at with any further questions regarding the coming exhibit. Below, we have attached sample works that are available at the exhibit by each artist.


Submitted by the Octagon Center for the Arts

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