- “Evanny Angelene Henningsen grew up in Eastern Iowa in an environment that helped foster her early propensity for art. During high school, she actively participated in life drawing sessions with Chuck Morris at Maquoketa Art Experience and in the Quad Cities with Atom Gallery. After completing an Associate’s degree, she moved to Florence, Italy to study classic realism at Angel Academy of Art with a method adopted from 19th century European ateliers. After two years, she left to explore a different method of painting utilizing a full-color palette under contemporary master, Jeff Hein, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Subsequently, Evanny worked and exhibited at Poor Yorick Studios, attended workshops and was a recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship in New Hampshire. Having returned to the Midwest, Evanny is currently teaching and exploring new painting techniques. She is admired for her ability to create a sensation of life and depth of soul. Her work can be seen on her website AngeleneArt.com or Instagram @evanny_angelene.”
November 1 – December 27, 2018Biography
Tara Moorman was raised in a family of fine craftsmen and women who were always building something. She embraces their creative and artistic traditions. Inspired by old family photographs and a desire to bring her ancestors to life, the photos became an opening that allowed her to merge art with love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Her ancestors beckon her to keep working and sharing her creativity with the world.
Tara’s work “Letters to my Ancestors”, her summer 2017 solo show at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) was widely received. Tara’s artwork and intuitive writings from the show were published by the CRMA. She has exhibited at numerous juried exhibitions at the CRMA, Black Earth Gallery, Polk County Heritage Museum, Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Sedona Art Center.
Her work is found in many public and private collections, including the United Way of East Central Iowa, The American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge at the University of Iowa Hospitals, St Luks Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Tara was born in Newton, Kansas. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A box of old family photographs from the 1800’s – 1960’s, inherited from my mother and grandmother, are the impetus for my work. Inspired to bring these ancestors to life, the photos became an invitation to merge my art, love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Painting their spiritual light with an aura of rainbow colors, creates an etheric atmosphere, while showcasing their period clothes, beautifully patterned dresses, boots, hats and cars lends a contemporary feel to the portraits.
Meet my maternal grandmother, Anna Stubblefield Nation, follow her life as a young girl, living on a farm, through her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Charlie Nation, up until her last days. If you see your family in mine, please join me, reconnecting and honoring those who came before.
Meet The Artists | Sunday, September 162:00pm – 4:00pmCarlene Dingman Atwater
Fort Madison, Iowa
Carlene Dingman Atwater was raised on a farm outside of West Point, Iowa; she’s drawn pictures of horses since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Watercolor was her first medium of choice when she saw a Wendell Mohr watercolor. The richness of colors and the transparency of the medium inspired Carlene to pursue watercolor. This evolved to include pastel and oil painting.Carlene’s introduction to plein air was 25 years ago when the local art center asked her to paint at their garden tour. A lover of the great outdoors this was a perfect fit. She could be seen at the local parks, on the banks of the river or anyplace she could find a nice view.
In 2011 Carlene started a blog, in order to join the daily painters’ movement. Her goal was to post a new, small, oil painting every day for a year. She ended up with over 200 (mostly 6×6) paintings the first year. Along the way she discovered that the discipline of painting (mostly) every day improved technique and pushed her to try new subjects.Carlene started her “52 Faces of Volunteerism”. with the goal of painting oil portraits from life, once a week, for a year. She started from life for a two hour session, then, because of the volunteers’ busy lives, she finished the portrait from photos. The end exhibit was a tribute to the local non-profits and the volunteers that keep them going.
In her own words: “I believe that a passion for learning is critical; with every painting you discover something new about color, composition and design. The challenge to create the unexpected and original art fuels the imagination. I never tire of the creative process and am always excited to start working on a new project. The process of learning and evolving is empowering.”Recent Solo Exhibit
2016 – Fifty Two Faces of Volunteerism – Fort Madison Area Arts Association
2015 – Fairfield Arts Association, Fairfield, Iowa
2014 – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa
2013 – North Missouri Arts Council, Marceline, MO
2018 – 3rd place Paint Van Buren, Bentonsport, Iowa
2017 – !st place Bloomfield Plein air Bloomfield, Iowa
2017 – 1st place Paint Van Buren, Bentonsport, Iowa
2016 – 3rd place Nocturne Bluff Strokes, Dubuque, iowa
John Preston lives in Fairfield but grew up on America’s three coasts and has been painting and drawing the Iowa landscape since 1984. He began with the expansive skies and fields of the Midwest but is currently exploring its rivers, woods and small towns. His
Midwestern images have been exhibited regionally, nationally and as far away as Cambodia and Nigeria. His work is included in public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reserve.
- September 7 – October 28, 2018Meet the Artist |Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm – 4:00pmArtist StatementAfter training at Iowa State University (BS) and exploring at the University of Tennessee (MS) , I formed the foundation of my personal approach to communicate visually. Through the experiences I discovered my decision-making process of DESIGN. The image destination becomes the structure of design. Each new media is a road or path to each the visual journeys end. Reality and abstract pieces become decision making exercises in the structure of design. My art starts with an idea, a thought, a feeling, or a location. The media is the last decision selected before a mark is made on the surface.The Snail
with its silver Trail
says follow me.
There is so much to see.
June 9 – June 17, 2018
Wood Carver Reception | Thursday, June 14 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Alec Lacasse- demo at 6 PM
Alec LaCasse is a sculptor of the human face and for 7 years has taught thousands of artists about the art of carving the realistic face in wood. As a teacher, Alec helps artists with tools and techniques to achieve realism in human expression. His artworks include: “Christ with a Crown of Thorns”, “Geometric Greenman” and “Sleeping Woman”.
Since his first showing at age 12, Alec has taken many Best in Show awards and countless first place awards in art shows and woodcarving competitions around the Midwest. Alec has also been a regular guest on Detroit Fox 2 News, WDIV Local 4 and ABC 7 WXYZ Detroit.
Alec currently lives in rural Leonard, MI with his Dog named Mikey.
“I LIKE TO INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL SURFACE OF THE TREE SORT OF AS PROOF OF ORIGIN” (Lacasse)
December 1, 2019 – January 30, 2020
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