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Joe Nakanishi watercolor

A new Heart Mountain Interpretive Center exhibit “Joe Nakanishi: Perspective,” features paintings Nakanishi created in the past 20 years based on his sketches and memories from his time in the confinement site during World War II.

CASPER, Wyo. — A new Heart Mountain Interpretive Center exhibit “Joe Nakanishi: Perspective,” features paintings Nakanishi created in the past 20 years based on his sketches and memories from his time in the confinement site during World War II.

Nakanishi at age 19 was removed from his home in California in 1942 and sent to Heart Mountain, where he spent much of his time observing and sketching. He returned to California after his release and became an accomplished designer, illustrator and artist, according to a press release from the center.

“Artistic perspective is a prominent feature of Nakanishi’s Heart Mountain work,” the center’s executive director Dakota Russell said in the release, “but the title works on several levels. We’re also seeing the perspective of a prisoner looking beyond the fences that enclose him, and the perspective of a seasoned artist reflecting back on his formative years.”

Where: Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, 1539 Road 19, Powell, between Cody and Powell on Highway 14A

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When: Exhibit on display through May 2019

Museum admission: $9, $7 for students and seniors and free children under 12 and members.

Info: 307-754-8000 or visit heartmountain.org

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