On Exhibit | April – July 2018
A new exhibition featuring the work of Ladislav Hanka, Kalamazoo, Michigan, opens April 11 and continues through July 15.
The artist lives with his wife, sculptor, Jana Hanka, in a world of nature, that involves their passion for apiculture or beekeeping. While Jana’s work is involved with the subject of horses, together they have become master apiarists. Lad Hanka collaborates with active hives as the bees create unique beeswax or honeycomb formations over the top of his hand-wrought etchings of birds (he is a trained ornithologist), trees, fish, & images of other insects. As a scientist, Lad Hanka, was very involved with field study of nature, but after obtaining his MFA from Western Michigan University, he decided on the path of artist as his main career. Today his work can be seen in over 25 galleries across Michigan and the Midwest. He has been the topic of a PBS special recently in Pennsylvania. His work has been featured in exhibits in Russia and his ancestral home of Czechoslovakia.