Art association ‘switching things up’
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 give visitors a view of multiple outstanding regional artists and also one or more featured local artists.
For the art exhibit opening Friday, the Main Gallery, dedicated to nonlocal artists, will feature “Pastels” by Dell Magnuson Secor, and “Pottery” by SJ Potters from Bethel , Missouri.
The Fairfield Art Association Hallway Gallery will have new works of local artist Laura Weinberg.
The convention center’s Atrium will feature the “Big Bike” sculpture created by Bryan Peterson, another local artist.
A reception for all the artists will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Dell Secor will give a pastel demonstration at 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery.
‘Obelisks’ for sale
Along with these exhibits, the silent auction of the summer art installation “Obelisks” will begin Friday, with bidding forms in the lobby of the Main Gallery.
The public also is invited to vote for their favorite obelisk, with a prize to the winning artist.
The voting and the silent auction will continue through the Sept. 5 Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk.
A look at the artists
Dell Magnusson Secour of Cedar Rapids is a native Iowan and graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College, with a bachelor’s degree in art.
She taught art in public schools for more than 20 years, and she taught art through the Kirkwood Community Education system.
Secour’s professional art career includes solo and group exhibitions. Project Art of the U of 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 and the Amana Arts Guild. She has art featured by Parade of Homes and has been commissioned by private collectors.
Her exhibit in Fairfield 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 22-karat gold leaf or gouache. Composition and texture with a strong emphasis on color are key elements used to emotionally connect creations to the viewer.
Secour 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.
Her work will remain on display through October in the Main Gallery.
SJ Pottery is the combined efforts of Joseph Jostes and Susan Skinner. Jostes has been working clay for 30 years, Skinner 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 the SJ Pottery designs provide a rich tapestry from which Jostes and Skinner draw inspiration. English, French, German and American “pots of old” speak to them of a traditional line of craftsmen who labored daily to provide a community with not only functional, but 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.
More contemporary works are also created by both Jostes and Skinner, with painstaking carving and multiple layers of glaze.
The exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery 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.”
Weinberg’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: drawing, watercolor, oil, tissue paper collage, acrylic and mixed media.
When she, along with her husband and two children, moved to Fairfield, she continued to experiment with different media while creating many art pieces.
After Weinberg 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, she has been exhibiting, selling and sharing her art with others.
Weinberg 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.
Weinberg’s “Flowers” exhibit will be in the art association’s Hallway Gallery through October.
Bryan Peterson has lived in Fairfield for 30 years and has a very diverse background 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. He circled the world in a 24-foot boat powered by biodiesel and holds a captain’s license for sail, steam and power boats to 25 tons.
Fairfield Art Association is hosting the display of Peterson’s first sculpture “The Big Bike” in the Atrium.
“This is the first metal sculpture I’ve completed,” said Peterson. “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 450 pounds, plus the metal base weighs about 300 pounds. “The Big Bike” took nearly six months to complete. Two antique steel wheels from a horse-drawn farm implement were the origin of the project.
“I didn’t have a plan for how the finished bike would look,” said Peterson. “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.”
Peterson will be at the artists reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday to explain more about the materials and process he used in his creation.