18 Women and over 50 pieces of art grace our one small gallery this February! We hope you come take a look. Show will be displayed through the month of February, 2016.
Please join us for an artist reception
Saturday, February 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
My work is representational with an emotional tint. I paint out of the joy I feel about nature and people. I connect with God and my best self when I pick up a brush.
- Leslie Leavenworth, 2015
In the Gallery July 1 – August 15, 2015
The Central Iowa Textile Artists (CITA) came into being in 2003 when six people with an interest in textile arts decided to meet on a monthly basis to encourage and challenge each other.
Today there are 13 members of this artist’s group. Of the 13, three are published authors, five have pattern companies, six teach classes in various techniques, and three have hand-dyed fabric and/or clothing companies. All are award-winning artists whose works have hung in galleries and/or shows and private collections all over the country.
Each artist uses her own mix of quilting and art techniques that can vary for every piece of art she produces. These techniques may include piecing, painting, dye painting, dyeing, collage, silk screen, and embellishing with hand and machine decorative stitching, couching and beading.
CITA members include:
Ilene Bartos - Urbandale
Janet Bergeron - Norwalk
Jan Hall - Des Moines
Hollie Hart - Des Moines
Barbara Jones - West Des Moines
Rebecca Kemble - West Des Moines
Linda Knierim - Grinnell
Angela Lawrence - Des Moines
Jean O’Donnell - Des Moines
Janet Pittman - West Des Moines
Wendy Read - Fairfield
Barb Stewart - Clive
Jeanne Stilley - Des Moines
In the Gallery April 16 – May 16
Luke grew up in Dallas Center and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. He currently resides in Ankeny with his wife Jennifer. The couple owns a new home, one that has a lot of blank wall space. So Luke set about making paintings to fill those walls. Friends and family were taken by the décor. “It just makes me feel good,” said one.
Indeed, much of Luke’s work is very emotional. Painting offers him a break from the tediously detailed pen and ink illustrations he’s spent much of his life creating. In brushes and canvas, he can just cut loose and give form to pure energy and aggression.
But there is a method to the madness. He logs ideas every day, making sketches and doodles that seem to have a bit of magic in them.
Then, with the blank canvas calling him, he begins.
When he’s painting, he seeks balance in color, shape, and lines. He’ll work (and rework) some canvases over and over again until he’s sure the feeling is right for the moment. In those bursts, when everything seems to flow, the paints have minds of their own, guiding Luke, instead of the other way around.
When the act of creation seems like a direct connection to a deep emotional well, when the brushes seem to be the ones in control, that’s when Luke is happiest in his work.
That other people seem to get a kick out of those colors and lines adds immeasurably to his joy.
In the Gallery March 1 - April 15, 2015
Ben Schuh earned degrees in visual art and graphic design in 2004. Driven by his love of painting, he has focused his career as a professional painter and is pursuing opportunities to showcase his paintings.
He considers himself a portraitist of life and believes it is critical to build relationships with his clients and to support local businesses. By doing this he can see what is going on where he lives and in the communities he travels to around the country. By learning why people are drawn to his work he is able to take their reactions and challenge himself as an artist. After all, it is his patrons who allow him to continue to push himself further as he pursues this dream.
Characterized by bold brushstrokes, distinct colors, and multiple layers, each work is one of a kind, offering the perfect compliment to any room. His original paintings can be found in homes, offices, and private collections across the United States as well as in Canada and Europe.
"By painting from the heart my latest works explore the importance of supporting everything local. From art to business to farming… let’s make a difference!" – Ben Schuh
MORE on BenSchuh.com
These prints are products of Urbandale Public Library Art Galleries Art Under Pressure steamroller printing event. On May 10th these relief prints were made using a steamroller in the parking lot of the Library. There will be a silent auction of the prints on the to help further other Gallery projects starting on June 20th and going until the 30th. Go to the Silent Auction page for more information.
What is a relief print?
The simplest form of relief printing is stamping. Part of the stamp is raised and that part gets inked. Part of it is recessed and that part does not get ink. When the stamp is inked and then pressed down on paper the image that was raised is now printed on the paper. Where the stamp was recessed the paper shows through.
Other forms of relief printing are really just a variation stamping. Artists carve away parts of a flat surface leaving a raised surface that will be inked and then transferred onto paper or fabric. Often this is done on wood blocks or linoleum. In our case they were carved large sheets of MDF board.
How were these made?
So on May 10th all the artist brought their boards and we rolled ink onto the carved boards trying to make sure we did not get ink into the recesses or carved areas of the board. The boards were then moved over to the printing area and centered. The artists choose a variety of fabrics to lay on top of the inked board. With all the wind that day this definitely became a group project.
After the fabric was laid, a layer of newsprint was put down to keep any ink from seeping through the fabric and onto the carpet layer. Carpet was used to evenly disperse the weight of the steamroller. Then a board was placed on top of everything and the steamroller is ready to drive over the print.
Once the steamroller applied the pressure needed to transfer the ink from the boards to the fabric everything was reversed and the fabric was hung to dry.
Barns, Bison & Bonnets
March 15-April 30, 2014
Barns, Bison & Bonnets combines three of artist Michael Wilson’s favorite subjects. The up-close and intimate barn pieces are part of Wilson’s ongoing series titled “The Barn, as a Chapel.” The bison and bonnets are part of Wilson’s other interests including prairie wildlife and prairie people. Wilson painted the bison exclusively referencing the bison at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge just East of Des Moines.
“I believe we imprint with the landscape of our childhood. Even when removed, we judge all other horizons through our mental and emotional filter of ‘home’. Agrarian landscapes, prairie wildlife and prairie people speak to me (or maybe I listen to them closest) and I feel a responsibility to translate.” – Artist Michael Wilson
Wilson is a member of the American Plains Artists (APA) and associate member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA).
Sue's show is Feb 1st - March 15. Here is a little about the artist and what you will see from the artist herself.
My name is Sue Kluber. I live in rural Guernsey,Iowa. All my life I have dabbled in paint and wood, adding fiber and fabric to the mix for the past 20 years. I am a trial and error artist and inspired by the nature around me, and the spiritual/ magical/ mystical aspects of it all. I have a deep love for the night sky and earth's creatures.
Part 2 of the Found Objects show is our own Julie McCullough. She will be showing with Lee through mid December. Here is her artist statement.
I have been a fiber artist for more than 35 years, first as a weaver and spinner, then as a soft sculpture dragon lady and now as a doll maker and pattern designer. One thing has just logically…or illogically… led to another without a great deal of thought or planning by me
Anyone who has ever been to my house can tell you that I collect rusty junk; bed frames, gates, old rakes, springs, door knobs. Anything that I find quirky or interesting goes in the garden as art objects. While living in Pennsylvania, I found more wonderful old pieces to add to my outdoor collection. I had pieces hanging on our fence, on the house and tucked away in every corner of our tiny yard. It honestly never occurred to me to add these elements to my doll art but in the past few years more and more artists have been specializing in “found object” art and I realized I had quite a stash of art supplies! Recently I’ve been going to more flea markets, antique shows and old barns looking for pieces that talk to me. It has become an exciting new way of looking at the world….what can you become? What do you remind me of? I’ve been making heads, hands or special accessories out of clay or paper mache. My studio has taken on the look and smell of a machine shed with all kinds of tools, glues and epoxies. My hands have taken quite a beating from all these sharp corners and tools but I am loving the adventure. I don’t quite know where this path is taking me but change is good for us all. I hope you enjoy the view.
8130 N. Walnut Creek Dr.
Urbandale, IA 50322
Here is a more comprehensive look at the art, programs and the artists showing at the UPLAG. There is also an artist reference list below.