--Dan Cummins (Board President)
Good Things Keep Happening

On Friday evening, The ArtiFactory was thrilled to participate in Iowa City’s Fall Gallery Walk by hosting four exhibits. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make it a rousing success. We saw familiar faces but also met people just learning about our mission, including one person who mentioned how emotional she was after seeing The Flag Project photos. Art, of course, can foster emotion, and that is one of the many reasons it is valuable. We look forward to bringing you more interesting projects in the weeks ahead. Keep your eyes open for announcements regarding workshops we will offer in November.

There are positive signs for the arts all around us. Our friends at Public Space One (ps1) announced this week they are expanding with the purchase of the Close House on Gilbert Street.  The Ped Mall FilmScene has reopened with renovated space, including more comfortable seating. And next Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, the Run of the Mill Theatre group is presenting Arcana at The ArtiFactory. While our gallery is featuring the work of Jonathan McHugh. Please come and see Arcana and Jonathan's work. The gallery will also be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 pm on a regular basis for viewing. Congratulations to these groups, each of whom have a part in keeping our arts scene vibrant.

The ArtiFactory is a completely volunteer-run organization. To continue expanding our offerings, we do need more heads and hands. Specifically, if you are interested in helping with exhibits, we could use your assistance. Hours are flexible.  Contact us here.
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Jonathan McHugh is an artist whose work includes portraiture, landscapes, and semi-abstract conceptual paintings. His paintings rely on a technical and traditional foundation while introducing different degrees of abstraction to explore subjective experiences and consciousness. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 with a BA in Art Education and taught high school art before moving to Iowa City in 2020. Recently, he has been recognized by publications such as Southwest Art, Realism Today and Plein Air Salon. | more
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November 5 | 6-9 pm
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November 12 | 5-7 pm
November 13 & 14 | 1-4 pm

Learn about and try out this unique art form invented and taught at the university of Iowa for many years by Professor Virginia A. Myers. No previous experience required, only curiosity! | more
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--Beppie Weiss | beppie.net

Dear Friends of the ArtiFactory,

October already! Time to get out the Halloween decorations, work on your trick or treat costume, and make cider. We have been busy transforming our space in the Wesley Center. Hours of work and gallons of paint have turned this dismal cellar into a pretty nice  starter home for the arts. All the arts…..we even used the alley for a fantastic dance program a couple weekends ago. If you couldn’t make it, you can still watch it on our web page. 
This art news from Denmark will surely amuse you. Jens Haaning was asked to reproduce a past work of his for a show, “Work It Out”, coming up at the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Alborg, Denmark. They gave him $84,000 for it. He delivered two canvases, one large and one small with nothing on them. They were titled “Take the Money and Run”! The $84,000 was supposed to be glued to the canvases representing the average income of people in Austria and Denmark. No need for a picture here. You can visualize two empty canvases without my help. Haaning says he will return the money by the promised date in January, but the “Art” will remain as is. 

There are two exhibits up now that you should know about. The Hudson River Gallery in Coralville is showing “Selected Works” by Alicia Brown, October 8 to November 13. These are abstract works done between 2000 and 2021. The second exhibit is at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. “Five Contemporary Landscape Artists” runs from October 2 to January 13. The five artists included in the show are Nancy Lindsey, Michael Ryan, Al Sabin, Marcia Wegman, and Larry Zirbel.
Marcia Wegman | Spring Fields and Storm pastel 27 x 40 | 2021
That’s all from me this month except for a reminder to all you artists of the deadline for entering the “Small Works” show. Register at Art Domestique by October 15. Information at artdomestique@gmail.com or call 319-653-8550.
That’s all from me for now.
Enjoy days as they grow shorter and we move into fall and let me know of any art type events that we can share or help promote in our community by clicking here.

Join us on Thursdays at 6:30 for two hours of Life Drawing and our new Sunday morning Studio Group starting October 24th.
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--John McGlinn | artshowjourney.com
ArtFundUK: Turner and Constable
Both details from paintings in the video
“One of the great artistic rivalries…” and so starts this most interesting video from ArtFundUK.

A favorite for many art fans, J. M. W. Turner paints with sensational attitude and skill and with a modern touch. Constable on the other hand is more traditional but extremely talented and proficient. Plenty of examples of both artists’ works and illuminating verbal contrasts provide a smart insight into their lives and contributions. I gained a deeper understand of how personal artistic competition can be. For free!
Turner & Constable Comparison | 5.5 minutes long

Note: Additional Turner Artwork with Analysis from the Tate Gallery London. They (experts and the paintings) are all so good, so knowledgeable, and so valuable.
Turner at the Tate Gallery London | 9.5 minutes long
Canaletto: View Paintings of Venice | National Gallery London
Another of my favorites Canaletto is discussed in detail, and this one painting "The Stonemason's Yard" is the focus. Notable because it does not have the Grand Canal front and center. A large Canaletto painting reproduction (shown below) hung in my immigrant Italian grandparents’ living room for 60+ years.
This video is not a survey but a deep dive of substance and background of this first Canaletto painting acquired in the British National Gallery. So much more content than what understanding could be gained by scan of his life’s work.
Canaletto's "The Stonemason's Yard" | 31 minutes

In my grandparent’s living room

Brice Marden: “Abstract painting can take you to paradise”
Brice Marden is a mature, well known, highly regarded and very successful abstract artist in New York. I have kept up with his work’s evolution since college. Here he is interviewed by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and shares personal sentiments for our awareness and appreciation. I know I appreciated what he had to say. Seemed important about art in general. As a Zen enthusiast, he is brief and to the point… with a twist.
Brice Marden Interview 2018 | 3.5 minutes
One Gallery’s Set-up at Milan Exhibition 2021
Behind the scenes glimpse at a major art exhibition in Milan, Italy, and one gallery’s space set-up with fresh works of non-objective art. Once complete, the scan is worth the short wait. Energetic music whisks us along. 
Milan Art Exhibition Set-up for One Gallery 
1:03 minutes short but enjoyable
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Run of the Mill Theatre Productions will return to the stage on October 15-16 at 7:30 pm to perform its first play at ArtiFactory, John Longenbaugh'sArcana, | more

9/11 on Film—September 2021

--Phil Beck
Sculptor and architect Maya Lin (born Oct.5, 1959) is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (1994) is the Academy Award-winning documentary about the creation of that monument, along with other works such as the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, the Yale Women’s Table, and the Museum for African Art in Manhattan. But the centerpiece is the remarkable story of how Lin, an unknown 21-year-old architecture undergraduate at Yale, came up with the design for the Vietnam Memorial as a class assignment and saw it chosen from a field of over 1400 entries, many by famous, well-established artists. Directed by Freida Lee Mock, the film features interviews with Lin, who explains her vision for the Memorial and other works with great sensitivity and insight, along with reactions from associates and Vietnam veterans, some of whom at first opposed the starkness of the Memorial’s design but later came to embrace it as the most fitting possible tribute to the soldiers whose lives were lost in that war. All their words, but especially Lin’s, offer moving testimony to the power inherent in simply remembering someone’s name.

On the other end of the spectrum is Final Portrait (2017), a humorous based-on-a-true-incident film about Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (born October 10, 1901). In 1964 he asks American writer Paul Lord to sit for a portrait that he says will take him only two days to paint. It takes considerably more. Actor turned writer-director Stanley Tucci adapts Lord’s own book, A Giacometti Portrait (1965), which details the many delays that stretched his sitting from two days to several weeks. Lord (Armie Hammer) narrates the account of this eventful encounter with the aged Giacometti, played by Geoffrey Rush in another of his seemingly endless series of brilliant comic portraitures. The film also treats Giacometti’s tempestuous relationships with his long-suffering wife Annette (Sylvie Testud) and model/mistress Caroline (Clemence Poesy).
Seen any of these films?  Tell us what you think of them, or suggest others not covered in the newsletter. Click here to contact Phil Beck with your movie comments or suggestions.
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