June 19, 1865 — End of an Abomination

Visit the African American Museum of Iowa

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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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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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

100%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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Sue Hettmansperger — Iterations Series 4

Iterations Series #4 ⚊ collage, 11″w x 12″h, 2020

Sue Hettmansperger has been recognized for elaborating the traditions established by early 20th century American Modernists such as Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Georgia O’Keefe. Using a limited palette, abstracted forms, flattened spaces, and inventive gestures, she creates transcendental and emblematic representations of nature.

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Even during lock-down, all SE Iowa penguins will be welcome at ICON Gallery. If you’re a penguin, please contact us for field trip information.

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Thanks so much for heeding the call.

ICON’s intrepid volunteer Director of Fund Raising writes:

My sincere thanks go out both to ICON’s longtime supporters and to those who so generously stepped up to the plate last week. With your help, Fairfield’s rich cultural life will come alive again: On that first live Art Walk, your investment in ICON and the cultural life of Fairfield will pay off, not only for you but also for your friends and neighbors.

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Judy Bales — Red Gold Crinkle

“Red Gold Crinkle” — art fashion

From “Structure and Flow: Art Fashion by Judy Bales” avant garde fashion works displayed as sculptural objects in the gallery. Bales considers her work to be a hybrid, combining fiber, sculpture, and fashion in ways that blend and blur the edges of all three. In her fashion works she incorporates the industrial materials she favors for her sculptural objects, creating unusual and dramatic fashion statements. While her work is frequently presented in runway venues, involving dynamic movement and human interaction, this exhibition will display the work as sculptural objects. Coming in late 2020, ICON Gallery, Fairfield Iowa.

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