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.
- “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.”
- September 7 – October 28, 2018Meet the Artist |Sunday, September 16 | 2:00pm – 4:00pmThe Snail
with its silver Trail
says follow me.
There is so much to see.(anonymous)Artist StatementAfter training at Iowa State University (BS) and exploring at the University of Tennessee (MS), I formed the foundation of my personal approach to communicating 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 journey’s 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.
- January 3 – February 28, 2019more to follow