We have just released a collaborative book of Stephen R. LaDue's poetry, accompanied by details of our paintings. We created this book to honor and remember his life and words. Steve has known Katherine since childhood, and he shared a lot of his poetry with her over the years. Last year we created a one off of this book, as a gift for Steve. He loved it, and asked us to make it available for his friends and family. With his recent passing, we decided to share it not only with friends and family, but with the world. LaDue's life and his words are meaningful, and we hope you will cherish them, as we do.
Published: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 11:13 a.m. CDT
GREENFIELD – The Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield is the destination of a treasure from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 in housing the Duende as Art display, Heartland Homecoming.
Duende is a Flamenco Dance term which means “when the Spirit and the dancer become one.” Its website is www.duendeasart.com.
What makes this particular art show of abstract acrylic paintings so unique is the paintings are done collaboratively by three artists. The trio has a diverse background with Katherine Rody from Wisconsin and Angela Meijer born in Oregon, while Adriaan Meijer hales from the Netherlands. Life has brought them to Ankeny.
This artist collective has no preconceived visions of what the finished art may become as it is a flow of change. A work may take an entirely different direction by one of the artists introducing a new idea and by the others adding new twists. At times, each may take a turn on a painting as a soloist, but at other times they simultaneously paint together. All three artists deeply identify with these co-created works.
For more information, visit www.warrenculturalcenter.com.
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What if there was an undiscovered treasure in your backyard or in your corner of the state? What if it was something that could heal your heart or awaken your imagination? What if it challenged or inspired your thoughts on humans working together? Greenfield's Warren Cultural Center (www.warrenculturalcenter.com) is the destination of a treasure in housing the Duende as Art display, Heartland Homecoming, August 1 – September 30, 2016. Duende is a Flamenco Dance term which means “when the Spirit and the Dancer become one”. Their website is www.duendeasart.com. What makes this particular art show so unique is that the paintings are done collaboratively by three artists. The trio have a diverse background with Katherine Rody from Wisconsin, and Angela Meijer born in Oregon, while Adriaan Meijer hales from the Netherlands. Life has brought them to Ankeny.
The initial reaction of many to the abstract acrylic paintings has been in noting the delightful play of warm and cool colors. Rich textures provide a feast for the eyes. Large scale 4' x 5' pieces invite the viewer to choose between up close and personal or across the room viewing. Small 6” x 6” works provide an intimate experience.
Viewers may be curious as to their working process. This artist collective has no preconceived visions of what the finished art may become as it is a flow of change...much like life! A work may take an entirely different direction by one of the artists introducing a new idea and by the others adding new twists! At times each may take a turn on a painting as a soloist, but at other times they simultaneously paint in concert with a finely choreographed oneness. These artists epitomize working together. There are degrees of working together. The artisans have moved from the concept of committee, beyond community to a sense of spiritual communion in their work.
All three artists deeply identify with these co-created works. Those who have not indulged in artistic practices may not realize that many artists consider their artworks as their own children! Asking an artist which of their works is their favorite is like asking which is their favorite child!
These paintings beg our eyes to dance through them. They beckon us to delve into the depths of the intricate layers of paint and reflective specks of mica. The works inspire one to dream, to ponder, to feel. Much as dreamers may discover hidden pictures in the clouds, abstract art irresistibly encourages the same practice. One may be lead to ponder concepts such as beauty and light and movement. Gazing at a painting, one may encounter feelings of peace or grace, joy or laughter, love or wonder. You may want to grab your family and friends to paint!
What if one person's expression altered the direction of a project and others built on that? What if diverse peoples came together for the highest good of all? What if we all worked together? You are invited to bring your children, to bring your inner child to the Warren Cultural Center to get a glimpse of what could be!
Creatively yours, Linda Wolfe
HEARTLAND HOMECOMING BY DUENDE AS ART, AN ARTIST COLLECTIVE
WARREN CULTURAL CENTER, GREENFIELD, IOWA
was on exhibit from AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
We all moved to Iowa from different places. We have been painting abstract Heartland landscapes to celebrate our new home. Midwest imagery, including Midwest storms, fireflies, fields, and buffalo have weaved their way into our paintings - becoming our collective story.
Abstract Heartland Landscapes
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Our exhibition at the Ankeny Art Center has been an incredible experience. If you haven't been to the Ankeny Art Center before, be sure and sign up for their newsletter, so you can participate in their upcoming exhibitions and classes. What an incredible resource they are to our city. We have been the grateful for the experience of exhibiting our artwork at the Art Center.
Artist Profile - Duende As Art
What is your preferred medium, and what projects are you working on?
Acrylic paints and mediums are our absolute favorite because they are so versatile and lend themselves to working in layers, and in collaboration. Also the color choices and reflective mediums on the market right now, are out of this world.
We’ve been painting together for three years now, taking turns painting on a single canvas and merging our personal expressions into a collective expression. Now, it’s time for these paintings to find their homes. Our collaborative acrylic paintings are currently on exhibition at The Ankeny Art Center, through November 25th. We have also created an online gallery.
In our kitchen studio, we’re developing a series of round paintings. We completed a painting titled "Blue Moon", and "Red Moon" is currently on the easel. You can get a glimpse, in our online sketch book.
What inspired you to make this career/avocation choice?
After the second painting we painted together, we knew. We became an artist collective. The depth that our paintings began to embody when our collective stories and life experiences started becoming a cohesive visual language, was an unexpected creative experience.
What surprises you most about your work:
What people see in our paintings. It’s always surprising how many emotions and memories are evoked by color and movement. However, we do come from three different cultures, have vast life experiences, and have all decided to make Iowa home. It shouldn’t surprise us, that there are whole worlds to discover in our canvases.
How can people be more creative and artistic in their everyday life
By intentionally slowing down and taking in the beauty, and taking time to listen to each other’s stories. Iowa skies are constantly jaw dropping gorgeous, and there are so many places here to explore. Also, making a place for creativity, in the heart of the home. For us, that’s the kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of our home, and so having our paintings up on the easel in the kitchen means that everyone who walks in becomes part of the unfolding. Creativity sparks creativity.
We have been painting (Acrylic on Watercolor Paper/8x10 Inch), abstract paintings inspired by Iowa landscapes and skyscapes. We have completed six series of paintings.
- Amana's Pond 1 -3
- Ankeny Comet 1-4
- Black Sheep 1-3
- Green Air 1-4
- Neon Sunset 1-4
- Somewhere Over The Heartland 1 - 8