Jan Friedman, “In my work, the constant reference is nature. My unframed tapestries draw their inspiration from sky, water, land, and vegetation. The warp for these pieces is cotton seine twine, and the wefts are a combination of wool, cotton, rayon, metallic yarn, and dyed silk fabric strips. I like to contrast flat areas of gradual color transitions with more textured regions of exuberant hue. I also enjoy creating framed fiber collages in which I employ a wide variety of textile techniques and materials, such as small tapestries, dyed and woven bands, and sun prints on linen and silk organza. The textile elements are combined with natural treasures found on walks, which include such items as leaves, shells, feathers, sticks, and stones. These found objects are stored until they are needed in a specific collage. In contrast to the highly planned tapestries, I work intuitively on the collages, bringing together and arranging those elements in order to make a piece whose soul and energy is greater than the sum of its parts. I want my work to entice the viewer and elicit a response, whether it is spiritual, emotional, or curiosity about content and techniques employed.”
Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models. Please bring your own drawing materials. Please limit media to graphite, charcoal or pastels. Do not use oils or acrylics that can leave a permanent stain. Participants must be age 18 or over.
Enter The Center through the Washington St. entrance and the take elevator or stair to the 2nd floor or from the third floor of the Iowa Ave. parking ramp through the skywalk to The Center’s second floor. Then, proceed to room 211.
The ArtiFactory is a project of Arts Iowa City a 501(c)(3)non-profit
February 17, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
John McGlinn, “Abstract art is invented, and so when my work looks representational, it is really about invented objects in invented arrangements. As such it is always personal, even when it appears to be non-objective. I will bring my latest paintings since moving to Iowa City, as well as a few purchased works that have influenced me over the years. Come to discuss: why abstract art and what does it mean?”
The Beginning Chinese Ink Painting class is postponed due the predicted bad weather on Sunday. It will begin on Sunday February 24th and run the four Sundays to March 17th.
Sundays 2/24 to 3/17/2019 at 1:00-3:00 pm
in The Center’s room G07
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Fee $140 (plus $60 supply fee or a list to buy your own)
Pay the instructor at the first class
Learn the ancient art of Chinese ink painting from Truc Deegan. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who is a master of Chinese Art in the style of 12th-18th century artists. By its completion all the basic brush strokes used in this art form will have been studied, and four traditional paintings will have been completed. Register at The Center or online. Open to 8 participants. Registration required.
Trúc was born and grew up in Vietnam. Trúc (pronounced Chook and it means Bamboo) migrated to the United States of America and became a citizen in 1970. She graduated in University of Iowa in Art History with Honors. She studied under Mr. Ang Swee Hin who lives in Penang, Malaysia, a master of Chinese Art with the knowledge of the style of the 12th-18th century artists.
Trúc has held a number of one woman exhibitions and participated in numerous competitive and judged exhibitions as well. She has taught brush painting in the United States, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Her works have been purchased by art lovers around the world and are found in collections in Malaysia, Great Britain, France, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United States and elsewhere. In 2001 the Iowa City Public Library selected one of her works for its permanent collection. In 2002 one of her paintings received an Honorable Mention Prize at the Hooverfest. In 2012 Art of Mercy Hospital collected two of her works for their art collection.
Many of her works are on display at Melrose Meadow, a retirement community at 350 Dublin Drive, Iowa City, Ia. Recently, She had a joint show titled Midwest Summer: Light & Warm with other artists at the Iowa at Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Her latest exhibition was held in Central College, Pella, Iowa in Nov. 2016.