Fairfield Art Association
Art Awards at FAA Celebration Event
The Fairfield Art Association's Membership Exhibit Celebration of Art & Artists was held Sunday April 18 in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Two founding members were present, both Don Kremer and Mark Shafer were recognized for their vision in1966 to create the FAA and help make a strong vibrant artistic lifestyle in our community and state. Other founders that have remained members for 55 years but not present are Robert Glocke, Gary & Nan Cameron, and Larry & Janet Nash.
Announcements made include an update on the summer Art Installation for downtown that was postponed from last year with a slight name change to "2020 in 2021 - A Better View". 14 participants have signed up to create art works, and there are 6 spots remaining. (contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested for details)
The Traveling Art Exhibit created last year from 24 selected art works of the Membership Show, is in it's second year traveling the state of Iowa. It has been able to open at every gallery location during Covid, and continues on to the Des Monies area until the end of December this year.
Board Members of the FAA were introduced and include: Makenzie Champ - President, Deb Doyle Treasurer, David Kraemer, John Preston, Eileen Hawthorne, Kella Tschopp, Holly McDow, Jan Bork, Werner Elmker, Matt Johnson and Alexis Clements new member. One position is currently open and Suzan Kessel remains Volunteer Director. Wyndi Rutledge staffs the Studio Sales Gallery and art studio which is open M- F from Noon - 4:30 PM.
Juror of the Membership Exhibit was Alexis Clements, a photographer and member of the visual arts department at Indian Hills Community College. Originally from Missouri, she began her career in Denver, Co. before moving to Fairfield. Alexis' photographic projects culminate into books that investigate the relationship where words and images converge, where memories become mythologies, and how environments contribute to personal narratives, Alexis has exhibited her photobooks in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Athens, Greece.
Four outstanding entries were selected for cash awards by Clements, followed by a critique of all the art works. The award winners are: Jessica Kirby for an oil painting " Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Rorned", Bonnie Hendericks for a watercolor "Water in Watercolor", John Preston a watercolor on wood panel "Calm of the Cold White Light of Night", and Brett Hendericks for "My Town". Werner Elmker video taped the presentation that will be available for viewing online.
There is still time to see the exhibit on display in the Main Gallery at the FACC through the end of April, during facility business hours 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. A new exhibit by Pella artist Andrea Van Wyk will be installed by the first weekend in May.
Photos of winning art works below -