The Fairfield Art Association is switching things up a little in its 48th year! Exhibits have been extended longer than a month, but several artists will be showing at a time. A visit to the galleries at the Fairfield Art & Convention Center will get you a view of multiple outstanding regional artists and also offer one or more featured local artists.
For the Art Exhibit Opening on Friday, August 1, the Main Gallery, which is dedicated to non-local artists, will feature "Pastels" by Dell Magnuson Secor, and "Pottery" by SJ potters from Bethel , Missouri. In the FAA Hallway Gallery, will be the new works of Laura Weinberg, and in the Atrium you will find a "Big Bike" sculpture created by Bryan Peterson, both local artists. A reception for all the artists will be held from 6-8 PM at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Friday, August 1. A Pastel Demonstration by Dell Secor will be at 7:00pm in the Main Gallery.
Along with these exhibits, the "Silent Auction" of the summer art installation "Obelisks" will begin, with bidding forms in the lobby of the Main Gallery. The public is also invited to vote for their favorite obelisk, with a prize to the winning artist. Both these opportunities will continue throughout the month until the September Art Walk.
Dell Magnusson Secour is a native Iowan, graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College with a BA in art, currently living in Cedar Rapids. She taught art in public schools for over 20 years, and through the Kirkwood Community Education system. Her professional art career includes solo and group exhibitions. Project Art of the Uof I hosted her "Iowa Watercolor Landscapes", and she was a finalist for an Easter Seal Stamp Design. Group exhibits have included universities, art institutes, televised art shows, Iowa Arts Council, & the Amana Arts Guild. She has art featured by Parade of Homes and has been commissioned by private collectors.
Dell's FAA Exhibition will feature her Pastels, although she works in a variety of media, both two and three dimensional. Her paintings are usually abstract and sometimes accented with 22KT gold leaf or gouache. Composition and texture with a strong emphasis on color are key elements used to emotionally connect creations to the viewer.
Dell is a member of Iowa Watercolor Society, Iowa Artists, Cedar Rapid's Creative Artists, and represented by Catiri's Art Oasis Gallery in Main Amana.
Dell will give a pastel demonstration at 7 PM on August 1st at the FAA Exhibit. Her work will remain on display through October in the Main Gallery.
SJ Pottery is the combined efforts of Joseph Jostes and Susan Skinner. Joe has been working clay for 30 years, Sue for 28. Together they produce traditionally inspired redware, mocha, and salt glazed stoneware in a studio in Bethel, Missouri. During the year they participate in numerous fairs, shows and exhibits, from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky to Virginia, Missouri and beyond.
"The historical roots of our designs provide a rich tapestry from which we draw inspiration. English, French, German and American "pots of old" speak to us of a traditional line of craftsmen who labored daily to provide a community with not only functional but beautiful, whimsical, artful objects." The works include themes such as "Couples", "Craftsman", and "Slices of Daily Life". Idioms and snippets of wisdom are written in the design, in German, or Pennsylvania Dutch with English translations on the back. "Allowing ourselves to retell these traditional stories through our own hearts and hands keeps our lives and we hope our work fresh and interesting." More contemporary works are also created by both Sue & Joe, with painstaking carving and multiple layers of glaze. This exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery and remain in place until the end of October.
Laura Goldman Weinberg is a Fairfield artist "who allows the creative energy of life to dance through her onto the canvas". Laura's interest in art began early, nurtured by classes at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and then at college art education classes. After graduation she studied at the Toledo Museum of Art, and when living in Chicago, she took neighborhood art classes, all the time exploring different media, like drawing, watercolor, oil, tissue paper collage, acrylic, and mixed media. When she, along with her husband and two children, moved to Fairfield, Iowa, where she currently resides, she continued to experiment with different media while creating many art pieces.
After she was diagnosed with and treated for cancer, she re-evaluated her life and decided to once again take local art classes and share her creative talents with the world. Her teacher encouraged her to continue to explore and express her inner creativity and hosted her first exhibit. Since then, Laura has been exhibiting, selling, and sharing her art with others. Laura currently favors acrylic paint on either primed or unprimed canvas. She has won first and third place at regional Iowa Artists Shows, as well as a Gallery Pick Award. You will find Laura's "Flowers" exhibit in the FAA Hallway Gallery through October.
Bryan Peterson has lived in Fairfield 30 years and has a very diverse background, not in the field of art- including 25 years as a provider and administrator in emergency medical care services and systems, event production, drawing cartoon maps, producing special feature sections appearing in USA Today newspaper, building/remodeling houses and boats. " I circled the world in a 24' boat powered by biodiesel and hold a Captain's License for sail, steam and power boats to 25 tons."
The FAA is hosting the display of Bryan's first sculpture "The Big Bike" in the Atrium at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. "This is the first metal sculpture I've completed. I haven't had any formal training in the arts, welding or working with metal but the endless how-to videos on YouTube are a treasured resource".
The bike is made entirely from scrap metal gathered from recyclers, auctions, yard sales, craigslist and friends. It weighs about 450lbs plus the 300lb metal base, and took nearly 6 months to complete. Two antique steel wheels from a horse drawn farm implement were the origin of this project.
I didn't have a plan for how the finished bike would look - it kind of revealed itself in a piece by piece. When something struck my fancy I would cut the piece from its source, clean and shape as needed, then give it a try and see if I liked the effect. Come meet Bryan on August 1, 6-8 PM and hear more about the materials and process he used in his creation.
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