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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 16, 2018

14 artists ‘Paint In’ for gallery show

Aug 01, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED Artist John Preston, a member of the Fairfield Art Association board, will be a participant in the “Paint In” Friday evening at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. He and 13 other artisits will be creating works of art in two hours.

A challenge put forth by the Fairfield Art Association has been accepted by 14 artists — creating art for a gallery exhibit in just two hours!

“When a Main Gallery art show unexpectedly canceled, the FAA board decided to host ‘Take It to the Canvas/Paper’ and invited talented area artists that we knew could work quickly. And to make it more exciting, we asked them to create their art together and opened the event to the public to watch” said Suzan Kessel, FAA volunteer director. “Three FAA board members will be participating, including John Preston, Kella Tschopp and I.”

Additional artists are: Gin Lammert and Deb Baughman are from Pulaski, BJ Grimmer and Ann Porter from Mt. Pleasant, Kathleen Almelien and JoAnne Worley from Washington, Iowa, Jessica Kirby from Fort Madison, and the rest of Fairfield artists are Elaine Duncan, Ann Weigel, Pam Lander and David Pattison. The styles and mediums the artists use are varied and promise to educate as well as delight viewers throughout the evening.

The “Paint In” will take place with the artists working from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The public is invited to attend and enjoy snacks by FAA and beverages from the concession stand.

All the artists are exceptionally talented, with nine of them working on 24- by 30-inch canvases, and five artists using full 22- by 30-inch sheet of watercolor paper that won’t be given to them until 6 p.m. Part of the challenge will be working from a huge still life created in the center of the atrium and incorporating objects from it, along with their imagination or elements they bring. At the end of the two hours, artists must put their brushes down and submit their masterpieces. Canvases will have wrap around edges so no framing will be needed, while the works done on paper will be matted and backed before hanging.

All of the artists will have art resumes posted in the gallery, along with bid sheets in case anyone wants to purchase what they see being created. Bidding will continue throughout the evening and until the close of the exhibit in November. The exhibit will be located in the Main Gallery at the convention center.

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