TheFairfield Art Association announces a new exhibit to kick off our 55thYear. On display are stunning oil paintings by Pella artist AndreaVanWyk, in all sizes, measuring from as large as 6 feet, down to smaller ones12" x 12". Featured are a variety of colorful themes - realisticgardens and European street scenes, abstract florals and architecture. Theexhibit opens on Friday, May 7 in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts &Convention Center. The gallery is open to the public, masks currently required,from 6:00-8:30 PM on this First Friday, and then Mondays - Fridays from 9 AM -5 PM. You won't want to miss this "feel good exhibit" as the worldaround us is in full bloom!
Andrea (Busker) Van Wyk hasbeen teaching Visual Art classes at Pella Community Schools since graduatingfrom Central College ('84). Following the completion of her Masters degree inArt Education from Iowa State University ('99), Andrea has been teaching ArtAppreciation for DMACC at Pella High School and is the adjunct professor forthe Elementary and Secondary Methods of Art Education at Central College. Andrea and her husband Mike live and farm east of Pella. They have twochildren: a daughter, Sarah Flaherty (married to Dan) who have four children,and a son Ross (married to Madelyn).
Andrea has exhibited solo shows of her work in Iowa and Illinois,most recently at the Quad Cities Airport, the Quad Cities Botanical Center,Simpson College, Indian Hills Community College, Central College, Iowa StateUniversity, the Des Moines Central Library and Mars Cafe. You can findAndrea on Instagram at AndreaVanWykArt and you can view all her work atAndreaVanWyk.com.
Andrea's artist statement:
"I ama lifelong learner, continuously discovering and exploring. I am acombination of my experiences and a synthesis of my family, traveling,teaching, and reading. My current paintings are an exploration oforganic subjects from gardens as close as the Des Moines Art Center rose gardenand as far away as Australia. The architectural details that I discovermay be from the Louvre, a pub in Ireland or the cliff side streets of theCinque Terra. The flower compositions are a result of my mother's love ofgardening and exploring the amazing details I find in nature. The Golden Ratioproperties of harmony and proportion captivate me in the flowers as well asspiral staircases. The architectural compositions are a personal metaphorfor overcoming fear and taking steps of faith to grow and experience life toits fullest. Taking a step into the unknown as many of these paintingsdepict, led to wisdom. If I hadn't taken a step forward I would havenever experienced the adventure that was there. I take small stepstoward my goals every day by being productive in creative ways, whether I'mpainting on a canvas, doodling in a devotional journal, teaching students, orlistening to an audio book or podcast. I am intentional at expanding mythoughts and engaging my mind to experience the adventure, joy and fulfillmentof life that ultimately reflects in my paintings. My work will alwaysportray subjects that represent growth and positivity, to bring light and hopeto whoever encounters my work."