Four artists will share their work in “Artober,” which runs October 4-30, 2016. The artists will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 7, 2016.
Iowa Painter Duane Adams has had the idea of doing a series of paintings of “artists at work” on his mind for quite some time. Duane’s new work presents artists working in different media- ceramic, glassblowing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. “The object of the painting was to show the concentration and the intensity of the artists at their trade. The paintings are not about the artist but about the art of creating.”
Glassblower Frank Daharsh enjoys working with glass because of its versatility as a medium to express his ideas. Glass has advantages of transparency and opacity, which allow the light to be manipulated through its use of color, texture, and layering of multiple colors and patterns. “Glass is a fascinating medium that has the most challenges but is also the most rewarding!”
Painter Hope Dendinger recently visited Rome, The Vatican City, Naples, and the Island of Capri. Dendinger was fascinated and inspired by the rich history, art, architecture, and culture of Rome. This series of work is created with bright colors in an abstract contemporary style that presents the well-known monuments, such as: the Colosseum, Pantheon, Appian Way, Aqueduct Park and The Vatican City.
Artist Dax Sterner uses salvaged wood and paint on canvas to create unique works of art. His pieces display a variety of influences and inspirations, from science to science fiction, from the grandeur of the natural world to the strange images in his own head. His use of repurposed wood is done not only to celebrate the previous life of those salvaged materials, but to also draw attention to the wastefulness of our modern society.
Starting 40 years ago in space above M’s Pub, the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery has always had at its core strong professional artists from the region. Members of the Artists’ Co-op conduct educational and cultural outreach activities, and maintain and staff a gallery that features works in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, weaving, painting, pottery, photography, printmaking, glass, jewelry and drawing. Monthly opening receptions provide opportunities to meet member artists and learn more about their work.