Mask Contest Winners to Be Announced Aug. 7th

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African-American Artists at the National Gallery

NGA African-American Artists Collection – main page

The ICON Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the tragic treatment of so many of our BIPOC* brothers and sisters through patterns of systemic racism and privilege that have persisted for generations. Eliminating these inhumane and socially destructive traditions is a challenge to which all American institutions and all of us as individual Americans must rise. One immediate and ongoing action the Gallery can take is to celebrate the outstanding artistic contributions of BIPOC artists by highlighting their presence at the National Gallery of Art. The NGA collection includes biographies and works of many artists, including:

*BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, & People Of Color. An acronym of long overdue relevance.

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Welcome to Now!

Creative items from around the region, to keep spirits high and creativity flowing.
MASK CONTEST: New Dates—June 1 – July 31. Prizes August 7. More info.

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Care Connet — Awake

Awake — oil with clear gesso on birch panel, 19.5″ x 19.5″ (2020)

“Awake,” a wood duck seen from the back rising with wings and tail spread, is one in an ongoing series of birds of America which I call the “Alae” series. I am fascinated by the wings and tails of birds, all the variation in shapes and colors, and how they all function to allow the bird to fly.

Curving back on myself, I create again and again. Art is a personal expression of my inner awareness flowing out from my mind and heart through my eyes and hands, a meeting of spirit and matter. What intriques me ranges from what I see with my eyes – nature in its infinite variety as well as manmade objects – to geometric forms, cultural icons and images from my inner vision.

— Care Connet

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Kathy Edwards Hayslett — I Cannot Tell a Lie

I Cannot Tell a Lie — assemblage, 11″ x 14″ (2002)

Kathy Edwards Hayslett writes, “My work is influenced by my curatorial experience, bolstered with classes at the University of Iowa, and workshops taught by Raissa Bump at Haystack, Jessica Calderon, and Gabriel Craig. I attended University of the Arts for graduate school.

“In addition to unique jewelry, I make assemblages with found and thrifted objects, beads and papers combined with painting, printing, drawing, and sewing. The assemblages tend to be narrative and issue-oriented. I have exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. In early 2020 I will participate in exhibitions at Coe College Art Gallery and ICON Gallery. Several galleries and shops currently sell my work, including FUEL, Mt. Vernon, IA; Hudson River Gallery, Iowa City, IA; Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, IA; and Gravers Lane Gallery, Chestnut  Hill, PA.”

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Oscar Peterson’s Hymn to Freedom

When every heart joins every heart and together years for liberty,
That’s when we’ll be free.
When every hand joins every hand and together molds our destiny,
That’s when we’ll be free.
Any hour any day, the time soon will come when men will live in dignity,
That’s when we’ll be free, we will be
When every man joins in our song and together singing harmony,
That’s when we’ll be free.

©Sony/atv Music Publishing Canada, Tomi Music Company

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June 19, 1865 — End of an Abomination

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On this date, in Galveston Texas, the last remaining slaves were officially declared free. Since that time, some progress has been made, but much more remains to be done. By celebrating this holiday, we acknowledge the fundamental rights of all Americans, so clearly spelled out in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, to live as equal participants in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Since that first Freedom Day far too many Americans have been denied those goals, and on this occasion we revive that inspiration and rededicate ourselves to foster the fundamental changes that will make living in peace, health, and prosperity a reality for every citizen.

— ICON Board of Directors

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Jim Weidle — My Kid Could Do That

“My Kid Could Do That” — oil/canvas, 24″ x 36″ (2020)

Jim Weidle is a long-time Fairfield painter who has shown his work at ICON and at galleries in New York and around the country. He is known for his extraordinary attention to detail, while eschewing photo-realism for an exploration of how the stasis of paint on canvas can evoke the unbounded exploratory nature of vision in a field of light.

Jim writes, “Painting has the decency to hold still, as few dare or can, permitting one’s eye a tiny but wild freedom: to travel as it will.” See more of Jim’s work at WeidleArt.com.

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Richard Diebenkorn ⚊ Untitled (Ocean Park)

Untitled (Ocean Park) ⚊ acrylic, gouache, crayon, charcoal on paper, 23″ x 29″, 1979

Richard Diebenkorn (American, Bay Area Figurative Movement, 1922–1993): Untitled (Ocean Park), 1979. Acrylic, gouache, crayon, and charcoal on paper; 23 x 29 inches (58.4 x 73.7 cm). © The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. [This artwork or photograph is posted in accordance with fair use principles.]

“In 1954 Life magazine called his work ‘abstract landscape,’ a term which could be applied to the Ocean Park series. Diebenkorn began the series, which would eventually grow to more than 140 paintings, in 1966 … Daily walks to his studio took him through the Santa Monica Park, which he explored in this series of large canvases. The paintings echo each other: Formal aspects ⚊ the ruler-straight lines, some visible, others almost rubbed out ⚊ and the sensuous blended colors recur in most. But each finds this ‘abstract landscape’ in a different mood almost becoming a chronicle of the light and composition at play in the park and the adjoining ocean.

“Never a doctrinaire Abstract painter or Realist painter, Diebenkorn rejected identification with any one school. Indeed, the Ocean Park series, the culmination of his work as an artist, may be seen as a combination of abstract, realistic, and specifically Californian approaches to art.” (pbs.org, © WGBH Educational Foundation.)

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Cheryl Jacobsen — Do You Have the Patience to Wait

Do You Have the Patience to Wait ⚊ collage, 2009

Cheryl Jacobsen is a freelance artist in Iowa City. She has collected a basement full of rusty, odd, cool, discarded things that need to be combined with other rusty, odd, cool, discarded things.

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Bill Teeple Announces Mask Decorating Contest — NEW DATES!

ICON is staying engaged with the community through special events. The event for June is a mask decorating contest. Submit a creatively decorated protective mask between June 1 and July 31. Please be sure to include your contact information!

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