The Junction City Arts Council and C.L. Hoover Opera House have something a little freakish coming up for fans of art that’s a little bit different.
The Papa Moostouski’s Bovinian Circus and Freakshow, an oddities & curiosities exhibit of art and artifacts from the twisted mind of artist Rodney L Hoover will open at the opera house Dec. 14, when there will be a free reception from 5 until 7 p.m.
As its second-largest exhibit to date, the art exhibit features a fortune teller, knife-throwing act, strong man, tall man, world’s smallest living woman, balancing act, clowns, contortionist, hot air balloon, freakshow, and the original Papa Moostouski Bovinian Circus Music Machine to name a few.
Hoover is a regional award-winning artist from St. George. As a child growing up in the 1970s, he created art using clay, paper mache, crayon, and graphite. Hoover started working in the oil medium in the early 1980s and slowly moved to watercolor. Some time around 2010, he started focusing on digital art and composite photography. Hoover has worked in the same subject matter and medium ever since then. In 2015, Hoover’s work shifted to primarily include cattle or cattle-related themes, which it currently does — as those who browse his upcoming exhibit will see.
The new circus collection utilized more than 25 live models and the creation of characters, costumes and sets, as well as the use of numerous photo sessions with cattle. The exhibit is the result of three years and thousands of hours in his studio. It includes more than 30 composites and 6 sculptures.
Hoover is a member of the Columbian Artist Guild and has shown work at the Swogger Gallery, Wamego, Manhattan Arts Center and Strecker-Nelson Galleries. Ina addition to his display at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, he has been the featured solo artist at the William T Kemper Gallery - Kansas State University, the NexLynx Gallery for Art - Topeka; the Prairie Museum of Art & History in Colby; the Lee Dam Center for Art - Marysville; the Carnegie Art Center - Dodge City; The Historic Swogger Gallery, Wamego,, Riley County Senior Service Center, Manhattan, Kansas City, Public Library Art Gallery and the Buttonwood Art Space, Kansas City, MO.
Hoover grew up in the Manhattan area and has lived in St. George for the past 30 years, where he met and married his wife Dixie and raised three children.
People are welcome to come see the Papa Moostouski Bovinian Circus & Freakshow for themselves and catch the 1st Infantry Division Band holiday concert Dec. 14.