Okoboji-themed paintings displayed by young artist

Hannah Haberecht is a well-rounded 21 year old.

From participating in insect identification competitions with Science Olympiad to majoring in biomedical sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, to painting in her spare time — Haberecht’s interests seem to span the gamut.

(Learn about the butterflies found in Dickinson County.)

She is sharing two of her talents through an art exhibit and class at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji this summer.

Haberecht’s paintings will be on display July-September in the eARTh exhibit area at the nature center and will feature Okoboji fish, plants and insects.

Photo of a painting of a black crappie fish

“Okoboji has a really special place in my heart,” Haberecht said. “I grew up spending family vacations there.”

She and her brother would hunt frogs and turtles, and she would watch him catch fish from the lakes.

“Once you pull a fish out, it’s this beautiful animal that you don’t usually get to see up close,” she said.

That was what inspired her first Okoboji paintings. After finding a love of pairing art and science in high school, she decided to feature fish in paintings last summer and continued painting other nature-related items leading up to the exhibit.

“I hope people see art and science and see a little bit of the nature around them reflecting in these paintings,” Haberecht said.

Photo of a painting of a pumpkinseed fish

In addition to her exhibit, Haberecht will also teach an insect identification class 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center.

Her love of insects began while competing in Science Olympiad in high school.

“It gave me a huge appreciation for taxonomy and life and how things that look very similar can be different,” she said.

Her class, appropriate for a wide variety of ages, will go over how to identify insects and their orders.

“What makes a beetle different from a butterfly?” Haberecht said. “What makes the two distinct scientifically?”

(Moth or butterfly? Can you tell the difference?)

Her free class does not require pre-registration and will last approximately one hour. She will have bugs on hand to identify and will also provide coloring pages for children.

“It’s very broadening to give things a name, and it increases our appreciation for life,” Haberecht said.

For more information on Dickinson County Nature Center exhibits and free programs, visit our programs page or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up on the latest happenings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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