February Art in the Afternoon

  • February 16, 2020
  • from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission

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Andrea Smisek Gage – “Nothing challenges creativity more than the rollercoaster of life! From architectural-engineering to engineering a life of three kids, carpool and aging parents, Andrea Smisek Gage has found new ways to create in order to have new ways to cope. Portraits to plein air in both oil and watercolor is her most recent outlet that has opened a new world of opportunities. Sharing her creative journey through humorous stories and paintings will give insight into how to color outside the lines and create a vibrant life for yourself.”

December Art in the Afternoon

December Art in the Afternoon
  • 1:00-1:45 = Art Talk
  • 1:45 – 2:30 = Hands On Activity, Painting/Incising Slips on Bisque

Jennifer Miller’s work includes sculptural ceramics, site-specific installations, and 2-D illustrations. “Most of my projects are designed to engage viewers in an experience that encourages contemplation of their own relationship with nature, with beauty, with time, and with words. The sculptures I create are often designed to be placed outside in gardens. In contrast, my site-specific installations transform interior spaces into new environments and reflect my interest in collaborating with writers, naturalists, and environmental scientists. I hope that my artwork communicates my love for the natural world and my respect for writers and scientists who work to protect and restore natural habitats and ecosystems.” Jennifer is an artist, arts educator, and community-based arts advocate. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa in Ceramics and an MA ESL from Hamline University.

ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop usually held on the 3rd Sunday. This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

November Art in the Afternoon

November Art in the Afternoon
  • Nov. 17, 2019
  • from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission
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From the start I felt a real connection with clay. I liked the tactile aspects of clay and how it can be shaped and molded and how the material changes properties with the addition of heat. During my time at Iowa, I became a proficient thrower and hand builder. My sculptures were large coil structures from hand rolled coils influenced by African art. Around 1996 I started working on metal sculpture with professor emeritus Julius Schmidt. I learned how to make sand molds and to cast iron. I then went to work at Max-Cast in Kalona with Steve Maxson and Doris Park. They taught me how to cast bronze (using a ceramic shell) and how to weld bronze. Later, I became interested in printmaking; intaglio, drypoint, lithography, silkscreening. I worked with Robert Glasgow, Keith Achepohl, and Jim Snitzer. I enjoy working in many different mediums. Lately, I’ve been silk screening shirts for Tomas Lasansky. I always look forward to the next creative endeavor!!

ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop usually held on the 3rd Sunday. This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

October Art in the Afternoon

October Art in the Afternoon

  • October 20, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission
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John McGlinn, “Abstract art is invented. As such, it is always personal. Whether my work looks representational, or artificial, or non-objective, it is still about invented objects in invented arrangements in stacked space.
Derived from pre-Renaissance thinking “space-stacking” has been my main visual theme since my BA and MFA in painting and printmaking. I will bring samples of recent work since moving to Iowa City, as well as a few purchased items that have influenced me over the years. Come to discuss: why abstract art and what does it mean?”

September Art In The Afternoon

September Art In The Afternoon with Elizabeth Munger

  • September 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission
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Elizabeth Munger’s current work explores macro and microcosms, space-time, memory and mythology. Her art practice includes printmaking, artist books, installations, paper and fiber art. She received her BFA in Printmaking in 2000 and her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa’s Center for the Book in 2014.

You can see her work at elizabethmunger.com

July Art in the Afternoon

July Art in the Afternoon

  • July 21, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission

Jeff Allen’s work has been described as bold, yet soft. Pastoral with a certain dream like ethereal quality. Impressionistic realism. Jeff draws his inspiration from the Iowa landscape and the group of friends that surround him.

Born in 1958 at Cedar Rapids, IA. Jeff has lived most of his life in Iowa and is currently living in Solon, IA. He is the founder of the Plein Air Painters of Iowa and a past member of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Artist member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts of Chicago, Iowa Artists and the Cedar Rapid Drawing Group.

Jeff attended drawing & painting classes at the Des Moines Art Museum and also draws & paints with the Cedar Rapids Drawing Group and The Palette & Chisel in Chicago. Painting is a process of problem solving. Problems of light, shadow, composition, form, rhythm along with what you want to say. If you ask yourself the right questions while standing in front of the canvas you can create a painting that the viewer can connect with. Words alone are not enough…

Professional Affiliations:

Plein Air Painters of Iowa. (Founder of weekly outdoor painting group)
Plein air Painters of Chicago. (Past member)
Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, Ill. (Artist Member)

July Art in the Afternoon

June Art in the Afternoon

June Art in the Afternoon

  • June 9, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Free Admission
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Sara Slee Brown, “Ten years ago, I retired as graphic designer for the public library and began to seriously pursue my dream of a career as an artist. As an undergraduate and graduate student in painting I had been trained in the traditional methods and my early work had been oil on canvas. After working as a digital graphic designer at the library, I developed methods for combining and layering digital images in my computer with the eye and sensitivity of an oil painter. I developed my own method for constructing my current work that I call, LāDi: Layered Digital Imaging.”

“My work explores choices and promises that we make in life. It is an exercise in exploring the known versus the unknown; patience, waiting; the fear and excitement of thresholds and transitions. The work begins with something familiar and real. This represents the known. Over, around and through this foundation I add other images or fragments of images that are not so easily identified. When combined with the familiar they create a new reality which may not be as easily understood but nevertheless exists: a new perspective. The comfort of the familiar combined with the confusion of the unfamiliar creates a tension and energy that is an expression of my experience in the world. My focus is the fear and excitement of life’s thresholds and transitions.”

May Art in the Afternoon

May Art in the Afternoon
  • May 19, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
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Addressing the state of mind in which art is made and how art affects a viewer’s mental state is one of Emily Jalinsky’s main objectives with her delicate works on paper, assemblages, and “printstallations”. She engages with mindfulness as a meditative act in the studio. In her work, she visually depicts mindfulness in the body and surrounding spaces through organic forms and repetitive patterns. Emily received a BFA in printmaking in 2012 with an emphasis in intaglio etching and expanded media from the University of Kansas. She is an active artist and arts organizer living in Iowa City, IA and is currently the IC Press Co-op Program Coordinator at Public Space One.

Emily uses methods of centering and repetitive action to further the idea of finding stillness in any moment. The borders between inner and outer landscape, material and immaterial become intertwined. Lichen, a symbiotic and slow-growing organism, is used as a symbol of resilience and continual growth, while patterns of gold and circular, radiating forms suggest a state change in perspective and awareness. Since the birth of her daughter, Emily has used her artwork, as her practice has always been, to bring a hyper-awareness to the swings of the mind and body.

In her practice, Emily works in both printmaking and mixed media processes with a specialty in intaglio copper etching, watercolor, embroidery, and drawing. Pieces may be bound or layered together to create larger compositions, assemblages, and installations.

April Art in the Afternoon

April Art in the Afternoon
  • April 14, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
  • in The Center’s Assembly Room
  • 28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
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Patricia (Tricia) Knox came to the University of Iowa as a potter but found herself working in Chunghi Choo’s metal’s studio most of the time. After completing her MA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry in 1982, she established her own studio and began selling her work in galleries around the US.

“There are umpteen tools and processes to get acquainted with. Metalworking is fun and some of the processes can be dangerous. I like to play in the metal with torch and tools. It’s the combination of required precision, coupled with the use of a cut and paste process, that I find challenging and entertaining.”

Patricia has taken training with the Gemological Institute of America and Blaine Lewis at New Approach School. She was one of the 14 artists who founded Iowa Artisans Gallery in 1984. When she moved away from the area with her spouse, she met other artists in Chicago, West Virginia, Vermont, and greater Washington DC. While in Lake Co Illinois, she taught jewelry at Kaleidoscope School in Barrington, IL. She moved back to Iowa City in 2002.

March Art in the Afternoon

 

March Art in the Afternoon
March 17, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
Free Admission

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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.”