The Fairfield Art Association announces three different art exhibits at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, which will be up August 7 through the month of September, and all are free and open to the public. A reception for all of the artists will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Main Gallery August 7, along with a gallery tour of the U of I Museum's collection on display. While enjoying the variety of exhibits, visitors are invited to "Vote for their Favorite Flappernackle" and begin bidding in the silent auction for these downtown art pieces.
The Main Gallery exhibits "Comics & Graphic Novels" from the UIMA School Programs Collection. This Collection features original works of art created by contemporary comic book artists and graphic novelists. The exhibition includes newspaper comics from the Golden Age of Comics, such as V.T. Hamlin's Alley Oop, to contemporary Marvel superheroes such as The Avengers and Captain America. The basic definition of a graphic novel is that it is a series of comics in a book length form. A graphic novel can contain a single narrative (linear or nonlinear) or comprise multiple vignettes. The artwork from graphic novels in the UIMA School Programs Collection exhibition show a wide range of subjects from short-and long-form stories, superheroes and historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dale Fisher, curator of the "Comics & Graphic Novels" exhibit will be presenting a gallery tour of the exhibition on Friday, August 7, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. "The people of Fairfield have such a range of interests and have a history of supporting the arts. Showing the UIMA School Programs collection of comics and graphic novel art to the audience is a nice chance for us to break out of the UI community and be a part of the vibrant art scene in Fairfield and the state."
Up and coming artist, Dallas Guffey, will be exhibiting a large sculpture titled "D7" in the Atrium Lobby that he created while attending UNI. Dallas is a local FHS graduate who was awarded a FAA scholarship several years ago and is working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. "My recent works are intricately detailed miniatures investigating the presence of narratives through architectural forms and environments. While most of my work is of three dimensional medium, I enjoy drawing cartoons and illustrations that explore similar subjects." Along with sculpture and drawing Dallas has had an interest in animation and it's production for a long time. Recently he has been teaching himself basic knowledge of that art form and plans to pursue the field of career artist/maker of things, with hopes to get into entertainment such as stop-motion and digital animated films and shows.
The third exhibit opening at the FACC is original works created in the FAA classes taught by art instructors John Preston, Elaine Duncan and Kella Tschopp. This display will be in the side Hallway Gallery and features a variety of media they are studying. Participants as of press time include Cathryn Layer, Jessica Kirby, Vickie Gautherat, Joyce Schindler, and Viola Welsh. "It is fun to watch these individuals grow artistically as they take classes in watercolor, regular or oil pastel and mixed media with such talented instructors. These instructors teach weekly classes in the FAA studio and new students are always welcome to join at any time," says Suzan Kessel FAA Volunteer Director.
This summer's downtown art installation "Flappernackles - Canvases in the Wind" will be up for one more month. The public is invited to vote for their favorite at the FACC until 9 PM on Friday August 7th, when the votes will be tallied and the winner announced. There are photos on display of each canvas to help people select their favorite.
The Silent Auction of these 20 "Flappernackle Canvases" begins Friday August 7th also. Bid Sheets will be placed in the Main Gallery at the FACC and remain there until bids close on September 4.
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