The Hastings Prescott Arts Council (HPAC) is pleased to announce that David Geister from Prescott and Andy Evansen from Hastings, Minn. are the HPAC Arts Heroes for 2023. They will be honored at the …
The Hastings Prescott Arts Council (HPAC) is pleased to announce that David Geister from Prescott and Andy Evansen from Hastings, Minn. are the HPAC Arts Heroes for 2023. They will be honored at the 13th Annual HPAC Gala on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, at the Hastings Arts Center.
The Hastings and Prescott communities are very fortunate that Geister and Evansen live and work around the Mississippi-St. Croix Rivers confluence area of Minnesota and Wisconsin. While Geister primarily uses oils to paint detailed and accurate historical scenes and people, Evansen paints scenes from around the world. With practiced and artful strokes of his brush, Evansen’s talent allows him to bring to life whatever he is painting.
Though Geister and Evansen focus their efforts on two entirely different styles and methods of painting, it is evident that both are very successful artists who love what they are doing.
Geister grew up in Prescott and spent many hours in the Prescott Public Library reading and studying both history and art. As a young boy, he used miniature army figures, costumes, and maps to understand and paint historical scenes.
In high school Geister was mentored by his art teacher, Karl Saksheck, who encouraged him to continue to expand his artistic skills. He attended Dakota County Technical College for Visual Merchandising and then spent four years in the Marine Corps where he was a graphic specialist and illustrator.
These successes with history and art continued as Geister worked as a costumed interpreter at Historic Fort Snelling, which connected him with both the Minnesota State Historical Society and the Hastings Historical Society where he and his wife Patricia Bauer participated in Civil War reenactments.
Today, Geister continues to expand his artistic reach across the country. In 2019, Geister and Bauer lived at the Gettysburg National Military Park for five weeks; as the Artists-in-Residence, they brought the past to life through artwork, songs and poetry. His works have been featured in the History Channel magazine and he has illustrated over two dozen picture books; historic sites and museums use his work to tell the story of local and national history and a growing number of collectors have his paintings on their walls. This is what Geister always wanted. He is a storyteller with a paintbrush. For more information about him, his books, paintings, and current activities, visit his website at www.davidgeister.com/meetdave.
Evansen cannot remember a time when he was without a paintbrush as he grew up in a large family in Neenah. He attended the University of Minnesota for Medical Illustration and began his career as a medical illustrator.
In the mid 1990’s he returned to fine art and began watercolor painting. Influenced by the British landscape artists, Evansen was inspired by the way they were able to capture everyday scenes with surprising beauty. Because he was raised in the rural Midwest, his love of simple farm scenes and small towns is evident in his paintings.
Today, Evansen lives in Vermillion, Minn., a farm community close to his studio in Hastings. After winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine and appearing on their cover in 2005, he became a sought-after workshop instructor teaching his method of simplifying watercolor to students in Europe, Mexico, and China. He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America and was elected their President in 2015.
Evansen’s list of international honors and awards is extensive and includes his invitation to join the Pure Watercolor Society in England as their only international member.
Evansen is known throughout the watercolor world not just as an important painter, but as a teacher who provides inspiration and insight for his students who are learning from him from all over the world through computer technology. To view his work, go to www.EvansenArtStudio.com.