Hannah Haberecht didn’t have any interest in casting a line and waiting on a fish to bite.
However, she did always enjoy watching her brother reel fish in from the Okoboji lakes while visiting with her family growing up.
“Once you pull a fish out, it’s this beautiful animal that you don’t usually get to see up close,” the 21-year-old 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 her July-September display in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.
“I hope people see art and science and see a little bit of the nature around them reflecting in these paintings,” Haberecht said.
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?”
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.
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Image credit: Painting by Hannah Haberecht