MINI Art Auction for ICON! — September 15 – October 31, 2020

Visit for all the details. This isn’t a mini auction — it’s a mini-ART auction. No room on your walls for new art? Every piece in this collection of original works is 5″ x 7″ (or 7″ x 5″), so you can begin or expand your collection without having to buy a new house. Bid on a dozen pieces, or, as they used to say, “Collect ’em all!” Show off your 2020 vision. Be the first kid on your block to have an entire gallery on the wall next to your TV, and also help ICON weather the pandemic at the same time.

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Welcome to Now!

Creative items from around the region, to keep spirits high and creativity flowing.

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New ArtScorer Post on Resources Page

Check out our Resources page now and then for new and interesting discoveries.

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Geoffrey Baker — Early Divers

Geoffrey Baker – Early Divers

Beloved to all who knew him, Geoffrey Baker was Professor of Art at Maharishi International University (then Maharishi University of Management) in Fairfield, Iowa from 1979 until he passed away in 2011. Many remember him for his delightful series of Sunday morning lectures on Art, Music, Literature, and Consciousness on the MIU/MUM campus. His spirit, humor, wit, creativity, sweetness, and appreciation for beauty touched hundreds and hundreds of lives.

Prior to teaching in Fairfield, Professor Baker was a well-established painter and educator in England. He taught at the Camberwell School of Art in London, where he associated with a renowned group of artists including Sir Stanley Spencer, R.B. Kitaj, Dodie Masterman, Phillip Matthews, and Richard Kennedy. He displayed in galleries throughout England, including Leicester Gallery, South London Art Group, and frequently at the Royal Academy, which purchased one of his paintings.

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Joanie McGinnis — Jazz Impressions: Dreaming in Yellow

“Dreaming in Yellow” — acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″ (2020)

Joanie writes: This is another painting from my new series titled “Jazz Impressions” which will be on exhibit in a solo show at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2021.

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Luchita Hurtado Dies at 99

For years she worked in the shadow of her artist husbands and more famous peers, painting at night when the children were asleep. Then a trove of her work was discovered.

See the full article about Luchita Hurtado in the NY Times.

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Elaine Duncan — Untitled

Untitled — colored pencil on paper, 9″ x 7″ (2020)

Since the early 60’s, Elaine Duncan has been painting, drawing, sculpting, and teaching art with a unique flair for the unexpected. Her work is infused with whimsy and a touch of mischief, while revealing a deep familiarity with the silence that underlies all artistic expression. Her book of futuristic petroglyphs, Feathered Space, is available on Amazon.

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Mask Contest Winners!

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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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