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october, 2022

07oct6:30 pm8:30 pmJohn Preston Exhibit6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main Street, Fairfield , Iowa

Event Details

The Fairfield Art Association announces a “New Watercolors” exhibit by artist John Preston in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. There will be an opening reception ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM and includes a Gallery Talk by Preston from 7:00-7:30 PM.

John Preston grew up on America’s three coasts but moved to Iowa in 1979 and began painting the landscape in 1984 after graduating from MIU. He started with expansive skies and fields but is currently exploring contemporary aspects of agriculture to complete that theme. His Iowa images have been exhibited regionally, nationally and as far away as Cambodia and Nigeria. His work is included in public and private collections, including Iowa State University, John Deere and the Chicago Federal Reserve.
“My most recent work has been almost exclusively plein air: painted on location in one session, or using those location images to create a studio work. I aim to express a particular moment. We live in times where life changes significantly in a day. Consequently, moments become precious”.

FAA Volunteer Director, Suzan Kessel adds “John is one of the Midwest’s premier artists, and it is an honor to exhibit some of his most recent watercolors in our Main Gallery. John serves on the FAA’s board and shares his talents instructing a weekly Wednesday afternoon class in our studio, offering instruction in watercolor, pastel or oil painting. The media taught varies with the desires of the students attending. Watching John paint is a lesson in its’ self whether you are a beginner or experienced artist, along with being generous with his expertise and knowledge of materials.”

John Preston’s art is also currently featured in the Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids and the Mt. Pleasant Gallery on the square.

The Fairfield Art Association announces a second exhibit opening on Friday October 7 in the Hallway Gallery at the FA&CC, “Blue Muse” by Fairfield artist Kartika Damon will feature six new abstract paintings.
A joint reception reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM for both John Preston in the Main Gallery and Kartika in the gallery by the FAA studio. John will be giving a Gallery Talk on his new watercolors from 7:00-7:30. Two different shows of artwork that are remarkable and very different from each other.

Kartika’s journey as an artist started with collage art and evolved into creating mixed media compositions using textiles, oils, acrylics, and pastels.

According to the artist “For the past ten years, she has nurtured the seed of self-expression by enjoying the freedom and spontaneity of abstract painting. It has been a joy living in Fairfield, Iowa, known for its dedication to supporting art and its community of dedicated artists.
My process of creating is based in experimentation. I have always been self-directed, while being fortunate to have worked with amazing mentors. Layering creates a playground where the play becomes finding balance to illuminate the beauty and transcendence of abstraction. This journey of artmaking reminds me of the “heroes’ journey” where the artist answers the call of the Muse and enters the void of a blank canvas. For me, it is answering the call of my inner Self to express myself. Art is an adventure in evolution; and I am overjoyed to be able to share with you Blue Muse, a collection representing some of that process of personal discovery.”

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