April to highlight high schoolers at FMAAA

A reception for the April exhibit at the Fort Madison Area Arts Association is planned for April 8 featuring local high school artists' work. Courtesy image.

BY LORI ILLNER GREENE
Fort Madison Area Arts Association

FORT MADISON – The FMAAA Art Center is ramping up activities for the spring. We have been hosting Central Lee after schoolers K-3rd grade twice a month for some creative time and will continue to hold sessions in April and May. We have some adult classes this month including a mosaic pot class, a photography technique class called Light Painting along with an Intro level Photography class. Our monthly exhibition in the Main Gallery will be of area High School Artists. This exhibition always features fabulous talent and we expect this month to be no different! We thank the Arts Instructors for all that they do to support the creative growth of young people in this region, and for all of the behind the scenes efforts they put into helping these young people prepare their work for exhibition. The Art Center has several events planned in conjunction with this exhibit including the Opening Reception, Lunch ala Art luncheon and artists talk, and FINALE. Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Expressions Art Auction to be held Friday, May 13th starting at 6:30pm at McAleer Hall. After cancelling what is our major fundraiser two years in a row we are hopeful for a successful event.

Artist to Artist Forum:The Art Center of Burlington and FMAAA’s Art Center have partnered up to provide resources for our working artist members with monthly sessions occurring on the first Wednesday of every month at alternating locations.This month’s meet-up will be Wednesday, April 6th from 6pm-8pm at the Art Center of Burlington. It is a forum for artists to discuss issues that concern working artists, plus providing an opportunity for group critique of any work you bring along. This was a very well attended event last month at the FMAAA Art Center and the conversations were very productive. Hope you can join us!

April Exhibition: Annual High School Art CompetitionThe opening reception is set for Friday, April 8th from 5pm-7pm. We are very excited to once again be hosting this event and are looking forward to seeing the excellent artwork these students consistently produce to share with our community. Artwork categories are: Photography2D Black & White2D Color3DCeramicsMixed MediaPainting
From those categories First, Second, Third, Honorable Mention – plus the overall BEST of Show Award winner – are juried and selected. This month’s High School Artists Exhibition is generously sponsored by Lee County Bank.

April Classes: Photography and Mosaics 
Have a digital camera that you would like to up your game with? Want to boost the visual impact of your photos? Registration is open for two different photography classes by Joe Morgan from Mississippi Valley Photography of Keokuk. With Light Painting on Wednesday, April 13th from 6:30pm-8:30pm Joe takes attendees through a variety of lighting techniques (class fee $25.) Intro to Photography is a three part class that runs on Wednesdays from April 27th – May 11th (class fee $65.) The goal of the Intro class is to completely familiarize students with the workings of their cameras and produce a series of shots utilizing manual settings. 

Diane Jennings is doing a Mosaic Pots class this month on Thursday, April 28th from 6:30-8:30pm (class fee $10). Join us for a fun evening as Diane takes you through mosaic basics — it’s like putting a puzzle of your own design together. Registration is required for classes.

April Lunch ala Art: Friday, April 29th  noonThis month’s luncheon and artist talk will include Youth artists on hand to discuss their work. Lunch costs $9 per person – you do not need to eat lunch to attend the lecture series – reservations are recommended so we have a headcount for seating. Major Oak is providing the entree and their delicious Tetley’s tea. Art Center hostesses will offer up hospitality and dessert.

April FINALE: Saturday, April 30th 6pm – 9pmJoin us for a free performance evening set in the Main Gallery at the end of each month. Enjoy one last look at that month’s exhibition plus take in the sounds and sights of open mic youth performances beginning at 6pm, along with Brad Kurz and Company starting at 7pm. 

Expressions Art Auction: Friday, May 16th 6:30pm  $40ea
The major fundraiser for FMAAA’s Art Center is finally a go! The Fort Madison Area Arts Association will have fine art and artisanal work along with excellent experiences available to bid on via the Live Auction portion of the evening. The Silent Auction features a variety of memory making activities and wares. Wine tasting commences at 6:30pm, with heavy hors D’oeuvres from The Grange of Mt Pleasant available throughout the evening. Cash Bar. Get your tickets now or reserve your VIP table for the area’s premier fine art event.
Reservations or tickets for any of the above activities can be made by contacting the Art Center at 319-372-3996 or emailing them at fortmadisonart@gmail.com

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