--Dan Cummins (Board President)
Thanks For Newsletter Feedback

Thanks to those who took time to participate in the Newsletter survey last month. We received some good feedback that will help us deliver interesting material to you. The calendar of art events is popular, and we will be trying to expand the information that we provide. But we do need your help. Drop us an email when you hear of an interesting event happening in the area and we will include it in the newsletter.
We understand that the timing for Art in the Afternoon (1pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month) does not work for everyone. But, the current month presentation plus an archive of previous events is available on our website. Take a look. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and receive notifications when new videos are posted.
And finally, the newsletter will not appear in August. We will be back in September. Enjoy your summer.
Dan Cummins
President, The ArtiFactory
July 17 | 1 pm on Zoom
Art in the Afternoon | David Noyes
Unfortunately, David has tested positive for Covid-19 so we are going to present this month's Art in the Afternoon on Zoom. Please register for a Zoom login for the July 17th presentation. A YouTube video will also be available. We wish David a speedy recovery.
Just Add Water 
“In its purest form watercolor is applied with water in transparent layers on paper. David has been using watercolor, pen & ink and pastel media in an art group monitored by Jim Ochs at the Iowa City Senior Center for approximately 8 years from 2014- the present. David has taken drawing courses with Garth Conley at the Senior Center in 2012-2014. David took a sculpture course at the University of Wyoming in 1969, painting and design courses and art history in 1971 at the University of Wyoming while I was enrolled in the civil engineering program. David subsequently completed a Masters of Architecture degree in 1979 at the Catholic University in Washington DC in 1979. David worked for 5 years in civil engineering and 35 years as a licensed professional architect.“
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Life Drawing at the ArtiFactory
Body Parts
July 16 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 30 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Your leader in this effort is Beppie Weiss. She has drawn and painted hundreds, maybe thousands, of portraits and people drawings, and will help you improve your own drawing skills. Our class will work on drawing all the body parts from different positions. Our goal will be to understand how it all comes together, and be able to draw it with more accuracy. ...more
Join us for life drawing in the lower level of 120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA. Please register for each session. Sessions may be canceled if the minimum enrollments have not been received by 24 hours in advance. We will be drawing from nude, scantily clothed or dressed models. Must be over 18 to attend.

Attention: Regular oils using odorless terpenoid will now be permitted.

Long Pose Studio Group
June 24 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Foiling Studio Group
July 16 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Canceled)
July 23 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Foiling Studio Group is an ongoing studio group open to both new foilers and those with past experience. Plan on taking multiple sessions to take your foiled prints from start to finish. Sessions do not need to be consecutive.   ,,,more
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--Beppie Weiss | beppie.net
Dear Art Friends,
Time speeds along so much faster in the summer! It seems as though I was just writing to you yesterday! But here it is already time to send out the July newsletter. This one will cover August events as well. The ArtiFactory news letter is going on vacation for a month.

I’ll start with things you should get on your calendar.

The new Stanley Museum of Art will be opening at last in August. The opening celebration will be 8/26 at 3 pm to Sunday, 8/28 at 5 pm. The building itself will be worth the visit, and seeing some of our familiar (loved and not so much) works again will be a real joy.

Next on the list is a retrospective exhibition of art by Iowa City artists Tomas and Charlie Lasansky at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. This exhibit, “An Artists Union” displays their work together and shows how each has been influenced by the other. The show runs until September 11.

And last but definitely not least is a huge exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Paul Cezanne’s  40 works on paper, 80 paintings, and 2 sketch books and are on display until until September 5. You must have a ticket for the show as well as admission to the museum. If you don’t get enough of Cezanne there, the Tate in London is running a sister show as well

So now I have two art stories to share with you. 

A couple of days ago I came across this outrageous story in the news. In 1994 Stephanie Clegg purchased for $90,000 from Sotheby's,  a painting by Marc Chagall. It was certified with provenance as authentic by specialists in that business. Years went by and Clegg downsized her home and needed to sell some of her collection. The Chagall was one of the pictures that she chose to sell. It had most recently been reappraised at $100,000 in 2006. The people at Sotheby’s with whom she had done business over the years, suggested that she have it reevaluated by a new group of specialists in Paris before putting it up for sale. They decided that it was NOT a Chagall, and refused to return it to her, but instead they would destroy it. There is an enormous battle waging on all fronts. Sotheby’s won’t take the work back nor refund her purchase…..too many years have gone by. The Paris experts won’t return it even with a letter stating that it is a fake. So Arrogant! Knowledge is changing and methods are advancing all the time. This at least would allow another group of “experts” to review it in a few years and maybe declare it to be the real deal. What a mess. That happens. In 1973 the Met in New York reattributed about 300 paintings. Read the story in the NYTIMES  22/07/06 arts

The next story comes from one of our readers who found a Mona Lisa story that does not involve violence, theft or damage. On the eve of the German invasion of Paris, staff of the Louvre museum worked day and night to safely package, remove and hide the most precious of the museum’s contents. The Mona Lisa was part of that treasure. At 6 a.m. on August 8, 1939, eight trucks loaded with the Mona Lisa, the Crown Jewels, and 225 other crates left Paris for the French countryside. To read the whole story, go to Delaneyplace.com. This is from “Saving Mona Lisa” by Gerri Chanel.

Thanks Carrie! If any of you come across an art related story that needs to be shared, please send it to me. I’m always looking for great stories. Click here to contact Beppie.

I’ll close my letter with a reminder to all you interested in painting “en plein aire” that the Amana Art Guild has taken on Jenise and Ithiel Catiri’s “Fresh Paint” event. It will now be called the "Iowa Plein Air Competition" but will be the same fun event as ever! There will even be a Quick Draw event! 

Labor Day Weekend | September 2nd - September 4th, 2022. Registration on line is going on now. $50 until August 1. Then, the price goes up to $75, so sign up soon.


Finally, Blick's is having a Watercolor Challenge. Submit your original watercolor art for a chance to win a prize pack worth more than $300!

That’s all from me until September. Enjoy this fleeting summer! Beppie
--John McGlinn | artshowjourney.com
Rene Magritte: The Life of an Artist - Art History School

“The Return” 1940

From Artsy:
“René Magritte’s cerebral, enigmatic paintings and prints helped define the imagery and philosophy of the Surrealist movement. His most famous works explore the illusory power of art and juxtapose mundane and fantastical iconography.”

From John McGlinn:
Handsomely painted and with an interesting take on traditional representation freeing the artist for imaginative compositions not encountered, but imagined.
18:07 minutes long.
Magritte link

Balthasar Klossowski de Rola known as Balthus

His “Flower Window” oil painting

Balthus is a 20th century artist (1908 –2001) represented in major museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art NY and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. A controversial artist of varying subjects from natural landscapes as above to erotically charged intimate depictions of young girls. His style also varies from personal interpretations with very handsomely rendered compositions to overly stylized figurative work. 

Can’t say I respond favorably to all of his efforts, as I suppose is the case with any artist’s output. But, there are several that I consider very valuable to have enjoyed gazing upon for years, like the painting above.
Caution: some images may be considered naughty!
10:19 long
Balthus link - Pinxit [HD]

Oil Painting Processes of the Masters (Part 1 of 3)

Sample artists’ work in the video: van Eyck

This is the first of three shared-experience videos as an enlightened couple (Jill Poyerd Fine Art) passes through the halls of the National Museum in Washington, DC. While I am familiar with the artists from my schooling and personal travels, I have enjoyed all three videos and will provided them in order in coming ArtiFactory newsletters.

From YouTube:
WJ Brown 6 months ago:
“Another brilliant video covering the Master Works of a few of the best artists of the late Renaissance period. My personal favorite of the masters presented, is Jan van Eyck….”
Leandro Nicolas 7 months ago:
“Loved this! It's so interesting to hear about not just the subject of these works but the techniques used by the authors. Beautiful images edited in the video as well. The pacing of your narration is superb. Can't wait for part two.”
Jules H 5 months ago:
“Fascinating. It's made me look at how I construct a painting. Thank you.”
17:04 long.
Nat Mus of Art link-1

Overview of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, key AbEx protagonists

Detail of Jackson Pollock “Mural” at the U of Iowa Stanley Museum

YouTube video authored by James Mcmurry.
My sense is that these two titans of American Abstract Expressionist painting show a real contrast in style in an art critic’s collectively named movement. The term "abstract expressionism" was first applied to American art in 1946 by the art critic Robert Coates although it had been used previously for other descriptions of art currents.

Jackson Pollock’s art journey is efficiently portrayed with details of his works that include the painting “Mural” given by Peggy Guggenheim to the University of Iowa in 1951.

In contrast Franz Kline’s work is, IMHO, simpler, visually bolder, even with some Japanese calligraphy cues that I enjoy, and most works are large. While Kline is not the innovator here, he shows the expressive vibrancy of AbEx to the fullest!
9:04 long, music starts 30 seconds in but with no narration.
Jackson Pollock & Franz Kline link

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