BY BRIAN RIGGS
FORT MADISON AREA ARTS ASSOCIATION
FORT MADISON – Ft. Madison Area Arts Association brings yuletide cheer with the Annual Member Artist Exhibition opening.
The variety is widespread like a cornucopia aplenty! 60 entries guaranteed to please. Many of the FMAAA’s 100+ artists in a two-hour radius make the pilgrimage to socialize with one another and the public at the reception on Dec. 13th from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Award stipends for Best of Show, Best Two Dimensional, Best Three Dimensional, and Best Photograph are presented by the FMAAA Board of Directors.
Bartlett Instruments is the sponsor for the month’s feature. This show always brings examples of the finest artisan’s work to Ft. Madison. Tis never one to miss out on as we ring in the holidays!
The art is hung on the chain system with care, hoping that the region’s art enthusiasts will soon be there, to celebrate the end of another great year at FMAAA gallery on 825 Avenue G.
Ornamental creation in all forms combine together with the talents of these skilled artisans involved in this year’s buffet: Erika Wolfe, David Garrison, Carlene Atwater, Jan & Dean Rockwell, Curt Swarm, Denise Lee, Carol Gunn, Heath McPherson, Julie Sorensen, George Gaudette, Anita Lee, Tim Laffey, Bill Hall, Rebecca Rodgers, Deb Baughman, Beth Steeples, Jerry Granaman, Jim Knapp, Jean Baxter Neuweg, Julie Long, Lori Illner-Greene, Kathy Neff, Kathy Pepe, Ray McKee, Ron Deen, Fritz Goeckner, Richard Dutton, Craig Wills, Karla Mundt, Lillian Rubin, Bud Thurman, Steve Helling and Molly Dixon. So much strong cultural arts talent. Come out and celebrate it at 825 Avenue G.
Want to make something for a gift yourself? FMAAA’s Place of Fire has a multitude of ceramics to glaze both Christmas themed or utilitarian wares like a cool mug for dad or a wine glass for mom. The kiln will be fired on December 20th so that folks have plenty of time to pick up their wares.
On December 18th from 2 p.m. -5 p.m., FMAAA will offer drop-in ornament making. For $3 do a Pollack drip round bulb that goes home in a box. Or use the slab table to make raw clay ornaments that will not need to be fired in a kiln. The clay is a special air clay that will dry to finished product. Then the ornament can be painted, glittered, and enamored at home. Or simply keep the Terra-cotta look and hang from the tree.
During December FMAAA is open Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Tues/Thur from 12-7 p.m.