Art @ the Airport: Sept. & Oct.
Fabric/fiber art by Colleen Curry, functional sculpture by Jennifer Costa, and paper collages by Amber Williams.
Colleen Curry, of Donahue, IA loves to experiment with different materials and techniques. Each of her wall hung pieces incorporates one or more of the following techniques: painting, mono printing, soldering, dye with chemicals or indigo, handmade stencils, embroidery and more. She goes for unexpected fabrics such as organza, Pellon, velvet, wall grass cloth and chair caning. Her pieces range from monochromatic to rainbow and from abstract to representational to whimsical.
Jennifer Costa is a professor of art at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL. Costa combines wood and metal to create functional art pieces. Costa was “influenced by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau artists such as Eileen Gray, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Louis Majorelle and Emile Galle. They had made these amazing sculptural objects that served a double purpose-not only were they full of intricate sculptural detail, but they were functional as well,” Costa explains. Look for sculptural mirrors, tables and unique cabinetry.
Amber Williams, of Davenport, IA creates collaged landscapes out of reused paper, cut and assembled by hand. She sources most of her paper from used security envelopes and magazine copy. Williams’ collages are a far cry from the “craft project” that comes to mind when hearing the term collage. Williams cuts hundreds of tiny shapes from the paper, then pieces them together to create large scale landscapes and waterscapes, rich with detail and visual texture.
These three women show that the imagination knows no bounds when it comes to creativity.
Quad City Arts’ Art @ the Airport presents abstract landscape paintings by Kent A Broadbent of Annawan, IL, and Rhonda Gates of Rockford, IL with ceramic sculptures by Linda Lewis, of West Des Moines.
Both painters use different approaches and styles to suggest and interpret landscape rather than to describe a particular place. Gates’ paintings are structured and geometric; created with heavy, vigorous brushwork applied thickly to give a “sensuous, tangible quality of mass” to the suggestion of landscape and atmosphere. Gates’ body of work is titled, “Landscape: a Portrait of the Artist.” Her paintings portray “an emotional character of the feelings engendered in me through immersion within particular landscapes.”
Broadbent’s gestural and interpretive landscapes combine line and color to show movement and evoke emotion.
For Linda Lewis, “Working with clay and the human form allows me to create a world in which a story can unfold, and allows me to connect people to one another in a way sometimes words cannot.” Through clay, Lewis expresses common threads of the human experience by using the figure, imagery and gesture as powerful narrative tools.
Art @ the Airport in The Quad City International airport gallery is easy to find-just across from the gift shop and restaurant and before the security check-point. It never closes and you’ll pay just a dollar for parking.