october, 2019

12oct6:00 pm9:00 pmBayo Park & Galleries's 4th annual art exhibition, "Specter Scepter - FORP"6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bayo Park & Galleries, 1610 230th St

Event Details

Bayo Park & Galleries’s 4th annual art exhibition, “Specter Scepter – FORP”
Opening Reception Oct 12 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Bayo Park & Galleries, 1610 230th St, Batavia, IA

Even though Bayo Park & Galleries doesn’t turn fully green until mid-May, contemporary renown artists Olabayo David and Reena Olaniyi work all year maintaining, designing and building their 10-acre sculpture park to prepare for one annual fall show open to the public, their community and art lovers across the country. Bayo Park & Galleries’ is proud to announce the fourth annual exhibition entitled, “Specter Scepter – FORP,” showcasing the art of objects, and the exploration of object power relative to human/object daily performances. The opening reception, October 12th from 6-9 pm, will feature artful refreshments and a musical performance by Iowa City native Terry Truthhawk on a newly designed sculptural stage. Additional showings of the park’s art installations are October 13th, 18th, 19th from 6-9 pm.

Bayo Park & Galleries is located in between Fairfield, Libertyville, and Batavia. The artist couple, who have traveled and performed their art form in various prestigious private and public institutions, museums, and galleries across the country, is fulfilling a dream of creating art in the middle of farm country, farming art, exploring the relationship between nature and their creativity, relative to studio art.

The concept of an annual fall exhibition in nature began after Olabayo’s 2001 installation “African in America” at University of Iowa Museum of Art. The pair began an annual fall show titled, “Spirit Fall Forest,” at Arbor Gallery in Iowa City, an exhibition that celebrated both the sacred and physical realities of object art and technology together in nature. The show’s success led to opening Bayo Gallery in Iowa City and later to the couple’s quest for an artful grounds where they could freely build a creative vision.

This year’s annual event at Bayo Park & Galleries is entitled, “Specter Scepter – FORP.” The park’s director Olabayo Olaniyi states, “By day one way, by night the other. Crickets do creek in nature, not in digital sound. Owls ooooh, in recognition of those that it knows. Art in nature, created in that nature, or created with nature, buttressed by mechanical technology, light, sound, action, music in between four realities in the middle of farm country – this is an artistic reflection of IOWA.“ The whole park, from carving roads and paths into the ground to hand-building sculptural galleries, is energetically created by the artists’ hands relative to their family, state, country, world – the imbued power of creative peace and prosperity. The artists emphasize that their lifetime commitment to the arts has a greater purpose – an artful service to unifying a greater humanity.

This year’s installation will feature acreages of large-scale art installations, object art in stone, wood, etc, and visitors will be able to see the park’s annual growth. The opening of “Specter Scepter – FORP,” corresponds with the full moon of the month of October – walk the park under moonlight. Rain or shine, the show, “Specter Scepter – FORP,” goes on!

Bayo Park & Galleries is located at 1610 230th St, Batavia, IA (close to Libertyville). Please call 641.693.4142/(cell)269.599.9498, email bayoarts@aol.com or visit bayogallery.org for more information.



(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bayo Park & Galleries

1610 230th St