Art association opening new exhibits
The Fairfield Art Association promises an inspirational breath of spring for visitors to the Main Gallery for two new opening exhibits. “Pottery for Home & Garden” by Linda Ross will feature a variety of handmade pottery, while Reny Parker will provide a selection of her photography titled “Wildflowers: Nature Smiling Back at You.”
The exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The display will remain in place through June 28 and is open during business hours and special events in the convention center.
Ross uses methods of coil, hand-thrown wheel and slab built in pottery creations at her Chestnut Hill pottery studio in Lee County. With extensive experience in construction of stoneware and glaze making, she has produced and sold her work for more than 20 years. In 2008, she opened an outlet for herself and other artists, The Artisans Next Door gallery, in Fort Madison.
The latest experimentation has led Ross to create clay and collage pieces as well as tea sets.
Ross studied craft design, clay, silversmithing, weaving, screenprinting and woodworking art at Iowa State University and is active in the Snake Alley Fiber Guild, Fort Madison Art Association, and she is a Southeast Iowa Studio Tour organizer and a 4-H leader.
Ross will be exhibiting her most recent works that are both nonfunctional and useful for homes or gardens.
On the walls of the Main Gallery will be close-up photographic portraits of wild flowers in their natural environment by Reny Parker.
Parker purchased her first camera in 1965 in San Francisco and took classes at the College of Marin. After a 20-year break from photography, in 1990 she began again and specialized in capturing flowers. In 1998, she established the website RenysWildflowers.com that now has more than 3,000 identified and searchable wildflower photos. Her work has been included in garden brochures, newspapers and books including “Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History,” “General Biology” “Parasitic Plants of the World” and many others. In 2006 she photographed more than 7,000 images for a field guide “Wildflowers of Northern California’s Wine Country & North Coast Ranges,” which was published and is available in the art association’s Sales Gallery.