Part 2 of the Found Objects show is our own Julie McCullough. She will be showing with Lee through mid December. Here is her artist statement.
I have been a fiber artist for more than 35 years, first as a weaver and spinner, then as a soft sculpture dragon lady and now as a doll maker and pattern designer. One thing has just logically…or illogically… led to another without a great deal of thought or planning by me
Anyone who has ever been to my house can tell you that I collect rusty junk; bed frames, gates, old rakes, springs, door knobs. Anything that I find quirky or interesting goes in the garden as art objects. While living in Pennsylvania, I found more wonderful old pieces to add to my outdoor collection. I had pieces hanging on our fence, on the house and tucked away in every corner of our tiny yard. It honestly never occurred to me to add these elements to my doll art but in the past few years more and more artists have been specializing in “found object” art and I realized I had quite a stash of art supplies! Recently I’ve been going to more flea markets, antique shows and old barns looking for pieces that talk to me. It has become an exciting new way of looking at the world….what can you become? What do you remind me of? I’ve been making heads, hands or special accessories out of clay or paper mache. My studio has taken on the look and smell of a machine shed with all kinds of tools, glues and epoxies. My hands have taken quite a beating from all these sharp corners and tools but I am loving the adventure. I don’t quite know where this path is taking me but change is good for us all. I hope you enjoy the view.
8130 N. Walnut Creek Dr.
Urbandale, IA 50322
Lee Middleswart and Julie McCullough will be showing at UPLAG this month and on into the first part of December. Here is a preview Lees work and a statement by her.
The goal of my art is to preserve segments of Iowa's old buildings and farm heritage so future generations can see the history that we have witnessed. My art is produced from vintage lumber and rusted pieces retrieved from old buildings and salvage shops in Iowa. Each one-of-a-kind piece has been aged with layers of paint and incorporated into 3-dimensional paintings Found pieces are sometimes carved, wood-burned, sanded or stained to create design effects.
Stop in at the Urbandale Library Public Art Gallery now through October 29th to see the paintings of Iowa artist, Jeff Rider. Using mixed media and oils Mr. Rider doesn't simply paint, he composes. His art is provocative, unsettling, beautiful and surreal. It defies all imagination. One is left to ponder and analyze Mr. Rider's work for years to come. A must see.
Please, please, please go see these in real life. My bad photography does not do this wonderful work justice. You really need to see it. Until then view this slideshow.
SCBWI Illustrator Group Exhibit
Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery
3520 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
August 2, 2013 - September 3, 2013
August 17th, 2013
Noon - 3:00
Story time, Reception, Book/Print Signing & Sale
Sunday, August 18th , 2013
Library Program-(Creating Books for Kids/Illustration Process)
Here is the current show at the Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery. See Jessie Hill, Steph Fitzsimmons, and Karen Cooper works for the rest of the month.