Huff exhibits, Art in Central Park highlight September FMAAA activities


FORT MADISON – The following activities are on tap for the September at the Fort Madison Area Arts Association at 825 Avenue G in Fort Madison.

Art Opening Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. Solo exhibit – Huff Stuff metal assemblage functional sculpture by Rick Huff. Exhibition on display through the end of the month.

Get ready for a new experience in the Fort Madison Area Arts Association Main Gallery this month! Rick Huff of Fort Madison will be displaying his metal work in a solo exhibit of Huff Stuff. This exhibit opens Friday, September 10, 2021 with a reception from 5pm – 7pm. Best described as “steam-punk-like assemblage sculpture,” Huff creatively blends found historical materials like items from old farm equipment or river related artifacts with modern materials to create lamps, clocks, and other sculptural work outfitted with gauges, dials, and gadgetry. This truly interesting work will be on display through the end of September and is sure to appeal to a wide audience. If you haven’t had a reason to visit before, this may be an exhibit you do not want to miss.

FMAAA is also delighted to announce the return of their popular Lunch-ala-Art series on Friday, Sept. 24 with a luncheon at noon with Gallery artist talk by Rick Huff to follow. Reservations for this event are recommended. Please reserve your spot by contacting 319-372-3996 or emailing by 5 p.m. September 23rd. Cost will be $8 at the door. FMAAA gratefully thanks King’s Daughters of Potowonoc Circle for sponsoring this month’s exhibition.

Art in Central Park – Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Join us in Fort Madison’s shady Central Park for FMAAA’s annual art fair event. Musical entertainment in the iconic band stand begins at 11:30 a.m. with Lisa Knipe and musicians from the Fort Madison Middle School drumline kicking off the day for us, sponsored by Lee County Bank. Followed at noon by everyone’s favorite Double Vision, sponsored by Jim Baier. BlueZillion takes the stage at 1 p.m. for a two-hour high energy performance, brought to us courtesy of MidWest One Bank. And Tony Alexander will round out the entertainment thanks again to Lee County Bank’s sponsorship. Coal Haus will be on hand throughout the day serving up fresh-made gourmet wood-fired pizzas. The Kid’s Zone, sponsored by Seither Cherry, offers hands-on creativity for young people. There is something for the whole family at this year’s event and we hope to see you there. (NOTE: limited number of booth spaces still available – artists contact FMAAA ASAP to reserve your space!)

Raku Pottery Class – Wednesday Sept. 22, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. – This two-part class begins with building your own unique piece of pottery in the FMAAA creative studio. We will walk you through the process of pottery basics during the first evening. Then take a field trip for an outdoor kiln firing experience in the follow-up session. Registration required. Cost is $45. Get your friends together for a one-of-a-kind experience. Call 319-372-3996 or email to sign up.

Lunch-ala-Art – Sept. 24, at noon featuring Rick Huff discussing his Huff Stuff metal “steam-punk-like” assemblage work. This ever-popular monthly event with lunch and artist talks returns. Held on the final Friday of the month, the featured artist(s) provides in depth discussion of the impulse behind their body of work. Reservations recommended. Cost is $8 per person. NOTE: no Lunch ala Art in Dec, Jan or Feb

Finale – Friday Sept. 24th – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – FMAAA announces the inaugural evening of a new monthly performance series. The rationale behind this end of the month performance series is to provide the young and young at heart alike with an opportunity to perform local while recognizing and expanding the scope of our Arts Center to feature the work of performing artists. The Main Gallery at Fort Madison Area Arts Association will provide the backdrop to musicians and other artistic performances throughout the year. We will keep you posted with details of each month’s planned performance.

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