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TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls Center for the Arts’ Full Moon Gallery will present “Retrospective” Feb. 8 through April 7. A free open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the gallery, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls.

“Retrospective” will feature the work of the late LaVar Steel, including representative selections of paintings, sculpture, and pottery — some displayed for the first time.

Steel was one of the first employees hired by the College of Southern Idaho’s founder, Dr. James Taylor, in 1965. In the beginning, Steel taught almost all of the art classes offered by the new college. His versatility as an artist was an invaluable asset in developing courses. He served as professor emeritus, chair of the fine arts department, and president of department chairs for the college.

Steel retired from CSI in 1997. The college’s LaVar Steel Art Complex stands as a memorial to the colleague who shared his talents with students and community alike. He was awarded the Governor’s Award in Art in 2005. In May 2016, Steel died at the age of 82 after suffering Alzheimer’s disease.

This exhibit also includes guest artists Leslie Redhead, Melissa Sage and Ethan Alexander. New works by Full Moon Gallery artists will also be shown.

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