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ROY CACEK SOLO SHOW

SPECTROSCOPY

Green light go, Acrylic on Canvas by Roy Cacek

ON DISPLAY MAY 20 - JUNE 13, COMMUNITY GALLERY

OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Roy Cacek is a nationally recognized artist whose work is displayed in galleries, private and corporate collections throughout North America. He has lived and worked in Des Moines and Chicago and received his MFA from Drake University. Italian mosaics and modern technology inspire Roy’s artistic style, called painted pixels. Recent works have been included in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art exhibition and the publication Studio Visit Magazine volume 25.

"My entire life has been spent in urban settings and this informs the subject of my work. Each place has certain abstract geometric qualities that appeal to me and I try to capture these qualities with small squares of subtle color. Inspired by the mosaics of Italy and the geometric works of Paul Klee and Chuck Close, I start by using a grid system. The canvas is textured and painted with a dark ground to be used as an undercoat. A drybrush painting technique is used to allow the underpaint to show through and to soften the edges of the squares so the eye can optically blend the shapes and colors into form. Each piece has thousands of hand-painted squares utilizing up to fifty unique colors/values." - Roy Cacek

 


COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS 2015

SHOWCASING THE WORK OF ARTISTS 

WITHIN 150 MILES OF AMES, IOWA

Insert picture hereArtwork Credit: Susan Norris, Listen To Me

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS, ONLINE ENTRY FORM HERE

ON DISPLAY JUNE 5 - AUGUST 1, MAIN AND SWEENEY GALLERIES

OPENING RECEPTION JUNE 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M.

 

Juror: Jack Wilkes

Jack Wilkes is a teacher, painter, and explorer in concrete images and abstract ideas.  After studying at the Cleveland Art Institute, Jack finished his BFA in Art Education at Drake, which included a Certificate in Art Therapy, and received a MFA in painting from Drake in 1983.  Teaching at Simpson College, Iowa State University, serving as Artist-in-Residence at the Des Moines Art Center, then Drake, he exhibited as far away as New Smyna Beach, Florida and Verenna, Italy.


 

ERIC ROBINSON SOLO SHOW

Eric Robinson, Morning Mist

ON DISPLAY JUNE 19 - JULY 26, COMMUNITY GALLERY

“As a printmaker making edition varia, I emulate what I see demonstrated in life,” Robinson says. “The world consists of ancient things that seem enduring—mountains, great trees, seas and shorelines—yet their appearances change with passages of days and nights, seasons and years, weather conditions and cataclysms.”

Printmaking allows Robinson to make serial variations, which create a kind of third dimension to his work. Those variations provoke thought, he says, because people understand the world by making comparisons.

Robinson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Iowa State University after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in painting. He has taught printmaking workshops at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin, Central College, the Des Moines Art Center, the Pella Community Art Center and various other colleges. He also served as an artist in residence at the Weir Farm Art Center in Connecticut.
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“As a printmaker making edition varia, I emulate what I see demonstrated in life,” Robinson says. “The world consists of ancient things that seem enduring—mountains, great trees, seas and shorelines—yet their appearances change with passages of days and nights, seasons and years, weather conditions and cataclysms.”

Printmaking allows Robinson to make serial variations, which create a kind of third dimension to his work. Those variations provoke thought, he says, because people understand the world by making comparisons.

Robinson earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Iowa State University after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in painting. He has taught printmaking workshops at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin, Central College, the Des Moines Art Center, the Pella Community Art Center and various other colleges. He also served as an artist in residence at the Weir Farm Art Center in Connecticut.

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