JOIN OUR DANCE...
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