Art in the Afternoon | Léonard Kibala

Art in the Afternoon | Léonard Kibala

Léonard Kibala was born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He came to the United States in a diversity lottery that he won in 2019. When asked what his motivation he said, “I am an artist. I must not be silent. Painting portraits is my way to express my artistic talent to the American public. The United States is a country of opportunities. I hope I can realize my artistic dreams here.”

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Our November Newsletter

Our November Newsletter

A few years ago, I traveled to northern New Mexico and visited the stunning canyons at Ghost Ranch. Ghost Ranch was Georgia O’Keefe’s home and where she painted many of the stark landscapes for which she is famous. I later learned that some of her first works were of New York cityscapes, when skyscrapers changed both the skyline and the way people lived in the 1920s. Later in life, her paintings depicting aerial views of clouds and sky were inspired by her airplane travels. O’Keefe was also known for her iconic impressions of flowers.

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October Newsletter

October Newsletter

It fascinates me how art presents itself when we stay open.

Last week, my wife, Laurie, and I were working our morning crossword, puzzling through a series of clues in the form of quotations. As it turned out, all the clues were from famous artists: Picasso, Gauguin, Dali, and Chagall. Picasso is featured in our film review this month, so it seems appropriate to dig a little deeper into his wisdom.

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Oct Art in the Afternoon

Oct Art in the Afternoon

Automatic Painting – Austin Caskie

October 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm. on Zoom

Austin Caskie is a painter and new media artist from North Carolina now living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. Austin Caskie earned a BFA in Art and Design at the North Carolina State University College of Design.

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September Newsletter

September Newsletter

How things have changed in six months!

Last February, ArtiFactory was wrapping up a study that looked at the feasibility of having a community art center in Johnson County. We were also significantly expanding our programming. Most of us had never heard of Covid, Zoom, or derecho.

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June Art in the Afternoon

June Art in the Afternoon

Taissir Abdelgadir

Taissir Abdelgadir is a prolific artist and art professor who emigrated from Sudan to the U.S. in 2015. She has a B.A. in Applied Art, Department of Textile Printing and M.F.A from the College of Fine and Applied Art from Sudan University for Science & Technology.

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