Art @ the Airport: March & April
March and April feature works by Marty Mitchell and Susan Coleman of Mount Vernon, IA with Elizabeth Shriver of Coralville, IA.
Marty Mitchell is a native Iowan who translates her curiosity about her environment into landscape paintings with high contrast. Addressing unfamiliar (and uncomfortable) places led her to really look at what she was seeing and drove her to study it, even as she was studying her own place within new contexts. Where once she had been a figural painter, autobiographical in those figure studies, it became necessary to address her environment in an equally autobiographical manner.
Susan Coleman is also a landscape artist, and her process is deeply intuitive, implicitly meaningful, and somewhat difficult to explain. She spends a lot of time layering the image, gradually building a rather ambiguous two-dimensional structure, reimagining, and often simply staring at the image without any recognizable result. Through the layering of multiple efforts, an image forms. It can appear naturalistic, recognizable, and even pleasant, but often carrying another aspect, which is darker and less certain.
Elizabeth Shriver works with clay to create an array of graceful, organic forms. These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, she uses textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest. She is drawn toward neutral earth tones, and her work reflects the natural landscape, plant, and undersea life that are her inspiration.
Art @ the Airport: May & June
May and June will feature works by Joan Webster-Vore of Hudson, IA, Linda Sykes of Moline, IL and Dasha Denger of Davenport, IA.
Joan Webster-Vore fascinates audiences with her 3-D installations of objects suspended in space. She manipulates light and shadow so your eyes “fill in the blank”. You might think you’re looking at a flock of birds, but it’s actually wing-like shapes on sticks.
Linda Sykes’ watercolor landscapes are elegant, eerie, ominous, and well balanced. The subject matter is primarily the simple beauty of the prairies and delicate cloudscapes with emphasis on the horizon.
Dasha Denger is a digital photographer who presents her landscape photographs on large canvases (up to 5 feet high!) Her goal is to capture beautiful moments in nature and bring them to the forefront through her art and exhibitions.