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FAA November Art Exhibit & Activities

FAA November Art Exhibit & Activities

The Fairfield Art Association continues its exhibit "Iowa Art Quilters" in the Main Gallery at the FACC, which includes the display of 31 individual art works and one multi artists Crazy Quilt. Art quilts may be abstract or representational, portraying faces, everyday objects, or landscapes, or they may illustrate something intangible. Traditional quilt blocks may be modified by exaggerating a shape or altering color choices. Art quilts are designed and constructed by the artist, and are original.
"Flappernackles", this summer's art installation downtown, are being displayed in the FAA Hallway Gallery just outside the studio. These are the remaining canvases not bid on and will now be for sale for a very low price of $20 per panel. These can be re-purposed for inside you house and even stretched on frame like a regular painting. Proceeds from sales will go towards the "Mr. Fairfield - Lee T. Gobble" sculpture that will be created by Christopher Bennett & Ken Rowe.
The 6X12 canvases for this year's FAA Membership exhibit are still available. Artists are asked to create one original entry in any media, orientation of work can be vertical or horizontal, no frames but treat sides as part of art, embellishments can extend only one inch in any direction beyond canvas, art should be directly a part of  the canvas - not just something glued on, the works must be for sale and priced no more than $200. Canvases can be picked up at the FAA studio anytime from 1-5 pm on Tuesdays - Fridays or during Art Walk. Artists will get an entry form and basic guidelines when they pay a $10 entry fee which includes the canvas. The finished canvas must be turned in by December 1.

The canvas exhibit will be in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and will open with a reception for the artists and community on Friday, December 4, from 6-8 PM. Viewers are invited to vote for a "People's Choice Award" beginning this night and through the month of December. The favorite piece will win a pair of FACC Artist Series vouchers to the show of the artist's choice. The Canvas Exhibit will remain on display through February, with four cash awards for "Outstanding Art Works" selected by a professional artist judge.  A special "Awards Event" will take place in February for all participants and FAA members, with a critiques session of all the art works.


FAA plans bronze sculpture of Lee Gobble for Fairfield

The Fairfield Art Association will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year - and what better way to mark the milestone than with a new life size bronze sculpture for our community.

"We are excited to announce that Christopher Bennett, the same artist we brought to town in the late 1970s to create "William Coop & Friend" for the Fairfield square, and in 1986 "Leapfrog" for the Carnegie Building lawn, has been commissioned to do another bronze figure sculpture that will placed in front of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The project will involve another native artist, Ken Rowe in modeling parts of the figure, and collaboration with Mark Shafer on historical details & design, along with Harri Aalto in tile creation."

The FAA board sets aside money each year in a public art fund.  That money was directed to building the FACC for nearly ten years, with the purpose of having a new home for the FAA . Since then the board has been saving for a new public art piece.

"Lee T. Gobble, Mr. Fairfield" is our new commissioned sculpture and will grace the front lawn of the FACC and forever glance at the Courthouse Steeple he succeeded in replacing.  Most everyone in town knew Lee, who passed away at 100 years old in April of this year. There are countless stories about Lee; his family's clothier establishment since 1853, his unique style and quirkiness, his generosity, relationship with Parson College and love of Fairfield.

If all goes according to plan, fundraising included, the sculpture could be completed and installed by fall 2016. Raising funds will include securing a public art grant, donations, memorials, fundraising events, and the money already put aside by the FAA for public art. The FAA has recently received a $500 grant for this project from the Fairfield Cultural Alliance. The FAA will need to raise $36,500, and invites donations from anyone that appreciates art, the memory of Lee Gobble, or agrees with the recent "Community Assessment & Recommendations" stating "we would encourage…. more public art throughout the community… especially downtown. We could imagine Fairfield being known for its public art installations in years to come."


Gobble Tie Collection to benefit FAA sculpture

The Fairfield Art Association will be selling Lee Gobble's tie collection with proceeds going towards the life size bronze sculpture. A tie theme will be an important element in the sculpture, and the collection is graciously offered from his estate by Leon & Linda Connelly for the purpose of fundraising. The Gobble Family established a clothing store in 1853 in nearby Abingdon, and Lee was known as quite a "spiffy dresser" continuing on in the family business, and collecting a selection of ties over the years. "Tie one on for the Lee T. Gobble II Sculpture" by purchasing a tie and you will support this 50th anniversary FAA community project.

A display of ties will be in the Main Gallery of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in time for Lee's favorite holiday - Thanksgiving of course . "gobble-gobble- gobble" a trademark of the family business, and Lee's favorite saying "This turkey ain't done yet"  will be used throughout the holiday season  promoting the Tie Sale.  The $25 tie purchases can be made through the  FAA on Tuesdays - Fridays from 1-5 PM in the Sales Gallery, during Art Walks, or at the FACC Box Office during their regular hours.

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