Photo: Jake Saunders
By Jake Saunders
A month-long display, ranging in a broad spectrum of fine art, is offered from local surrounding artists and will be shown October 7 – November 6. The ARTEAST is an extensive program featuring a collection of exhibited works from water-color and pastel painted landscapes and portraits reminiscent of impressionist-painters like Claude Monet; to creature-centered photography or mature, contemporary figure art like a modern John Currin. Art is Art, and it is accepted in all forms.
Upon entrance into the center, art is the clear focal point. In a line carousing down each wall, portraits lie adjunct. Visual renderings of small stature hang amongst themselves agreeably countered perfectly by ceramic – or sometimes wooden – sculptures sitting upon pedestals sporadically about the broad structured columns creating a round effect in visual enjoyment.
Several pieces from artists are displayed here as well as in the room conjoining. Local artist Katie Wills’ displays of oil painted self-portraits as well as scenic compositions were set up on display for exhibit tours on October 15 and 16. Another local artist, Daniel Fishback, had an adjacent exhibit, sporting the same use of oil paints but in a different light. Whereas Wills’ focus is that of a scene or a figure, a recognized focal point is singular; Fishback’s reflects a love for architecture in rich, detailed mediums.
Another set of local artists on display were Jeremy Shipley and Linda J. Miller, respectfully. First though, Shipley presented art in a range much more drastic than Millers. Shipley’s renditions are of the provocative and blatantly pornographic, in a technical and skillful manner, utilizing the dramatic tone of charcoal base in a serious demeanor; while Miller’s display was of the abstract nature in sprightly sporadic, bright and brilliant coloured contour. Where Shipley’s artistic style may represent social themes, Miller’s represents seasonal and mood-like changes. When critiqued on her vivid color usage, a friend noted, “You don’t need to use all the colors in your pallet,” to which she admirably replied, “Yes, I do.”
The last bit of insight came from dry-pastel painting artist Kathryn Nahorski. Her visual representations were of peacefully placid interior/exterior pieces dually distinguished as being closely related though it may go unnoticed. Her piece is a tri-collage of indoor scene betwixt an outdoor scene separated by a mere window, in which the pigments are saturated, soft and lush.
After careful consideration, then deciding upon just what to look at and take in, one may reference the artist’s number, located on certain pieces, and review other locations where said artist may have exhibits placed from Alton to Edwardsville.
Check it out; embrace the Art.
Jacoby Arts Center, “Engaging Imaginations, Enriching Lives,” is located upon 627 East Broadway in Alton or visit their website at www.jacobyartscenter.org.