Fairfield Art Association
Exhibits Opening Friday, April 1st, 2022
The Fairfield Art Association announces two exhibits opening on Friday April 1, with an opening reception from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. From the beginning young artist, to the mature accomplished artist & illustrator - you will enjoy viewing both these art shows.
The Fairfield High School 2022 annual Art Exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Over 100 pieces of art, from a variety of classes under instructor David Kraemer will be featured. There will be a wide range of mediums to view, including; charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, oil, clay, pewter, and ink. This event is free and open to the public. "Please come and see the outstanding works created by our FHS art students, the show will remain up through the month of April" says Kraemer.
The Hallway Gallery will feature the exhibit of FAA member "BARRY ROSS AVIATION ART" and will remain on display through the end of May.
Born and raised in New York City, Barry attended the prestigious High School of Music and Art, followed by Pratt Institute where he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Art and Illustration.
As a free-lance illustrator his work initially embraced Sports subjects for Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, Outdoor Life and Ski Magazine. It then expanded to include dynamic visual interpretations of technology for Corporate brochures of fortune 500 companies.
Barry loved airplanes and aviation from an early age, and earned his pilot’s license when he was twenty years old. Because of his knowledge of flying and his drawing ability, he received a contract from Flying Magazine for a monthly illustration as their contributing illustrator. For over forty years he has illustrated for Flying Magazine and more recently for Plane and Pilot Magazine.
These experiences served as a springboard for many other sports and aviation related commissions throughout his career, including books, magazine work, corporate and private commissions. He has had a one man shows at several air and space museums, and there is a permanent Gallery of Barry’s Flying illustrations in the Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Chamber Ambassador Visit
Addington Place of Fairfield
Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting with Addington Place of Fairfield on the night of their Open House on Thursday, March 17th. Addington Place of Fairfield was formerly known as Sunnybrook Assisted Living and Memory Care. Pictured from left to right; Shawn Lisk - Ambassador, Josie Heilmann - Addington Staff, Ian Bee - Ambassador, Nicole Kerr - Addington Staff, and Bev Nelson - Ambassador.
Special Olympics Iowa
Volunteers Needed for Track and Field Meet on April 2nd
On April 2nd at Schafer Stadium in Ottumwa, Special Olympics Iowa will be hosting an area track & field meet for Special Olympics athletes in the southeast region of the state. We are looking for volunteers to help for the day! Please see the volunteer link below that includes more information. This is a great opportunity to work with individuals with disabilities and experience a Special Olympics competition!
Keep our Parks Clean… Design a Sign to Help!
Fairfield Cultural Alliance
Fairfield Cultural Alliance invites artists of all ages to design a sign (that’s much more inspiring than this one!) to help keep Fairfield’s city parks clean. The deadline for submissions is April 1.
This spring, the Fairfield Cultural Alliance is sponsoring an effort to keep city parks free of litter pollution. They’re calling on artists—whether amateur or professional, students or adults—to design and illustrate signs based on a choice of three slogans:
• Be part of the Solution, not the Pollution
• Every Litter Bit Hurts.
• Feed the Can, Man!
Artists can create signs incorporating their chosen slogan, or just submit the illustration along with their slogan preference. Use any medium for your illustration: paint, marker, pastels, ink, etc., even computer generated. Dimensions for your design should be 24” wide x 24” high (square) or 24” wide x 36” high (vertical).
While a digital format is preferred for final art, the FCA can meet with you to receive and scan handmade original art. (Art will be returned after the project is complete.)
The submission deadline is Friday, April 1, 2022. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Denyce at (641) 451-0959 to arrange delivery.
The FCA will choose up to 12 designs for the signs, which will be posted near trash cans
in Central Park, Howard Park, Waterworks Park, and Chautauqua Park. The goal is to have the signs produced and installed by the end of May 2022.
Local businesses that want to help with the cost of producing the weatherproof signs can make a tax-deductible donation, and be recognized on a finished sign.
Artists whose sign designs are chosen will be recognized with their name on the sign and with public recognition in the media. They will also receive a modest gift card, the satisfaction of a cleaner city park, and community-wide appreciation. By working together, we all will get a cleaner, more beautiful city in which to have fun!
Sponsored by the Fairfield Cultural Alliance and Fairfield Volunteer Center. Email FairfieldCulturalAlliance@gmail.com.
The Iowa Workforce Skirmishes by Ron Cox, PhD, CIRAS Director
A historical look at Iowa’s labor force leads to a new approach for companies to address systemic workforce shortages.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines skirmish as “a minor fight in war usually incidental to larger movements.” This seems a fitting description of the labor force issues that have been brewing in Iowa—and what the data suggests we will be enduring for years to come. That is, we aren’t in a full-out war for employees quite yet—but we are getting close.
How has this shortage of workers gotten so bad, so fast? Is this all due to COVID-19? The following analysis will show that COVID-19 accelerated the unavoidable, and that we need to look at the workforce from a different perspective if Iowa companies want to continue growing here...
Read the full article here!
The Iowa Department of Revenue previously submitted the following proposed rules to the Iowa Legislature. The following rules have been adopted and filed, effective April 13, 2022.
There are two upcoming Statewide ECI Webinars. For more info and registration links, please see below.
"Keys to an Untapped Labor Pool" will be on March 29 at 11:30 am-12:30pm!
Michelle Krefft, Director of Business Relations for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, will host the webinar and discuss untapped talent and the benefits of diversity in the workplace. The webinar will feature the following topics:
- Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Common myths to hiring people with disabilities.
- Recruiting and retaining employees with disabilities.
Register for the webinar here.
"Unemployment for Business Professionals" will be on April 13, 11:30am-12:30pm!
Scott Perkins, Benefits Bureau Chief and Abdullah Muhammad, Tax Bureau Chief from the Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Division will host the webinar. The webinar will feature the following topics:
- History of unemployment benefits
- Unemployment trust fund
- Changes to work search requirements
- Alternatives to seasonal layoffs
- Notice of claim
Register for the webinar here.