Fairfield Art Association opens its 2019 summer art installation “Pipe Dreams” Friday.
A dozen artists have been creating sculpted or painted artworks that will be placed in the downtown garden nodes and up North Main Street. Each participating individual or group was provided a 5-foot PVC pipe and guidelines to follow.
The “Pipe Dreams” theme relates with Fairfield’s RAGBRAI steampunk promotion and the entries will be on display during riders’ July 25 overnight stay in town. At least one entry features full-sized bicycles, but artists were given a choice if they wanted to transform their pipe into a non-biking art piece.
“It is always a surprise when the art pieces are brought in to put on display. The creativity and use of materials is amazing and inspiring,” said Suzan Kessel, Fairfield Art Association volunteer director.
A silent auction of the pipes will begin July 25 and will conclude at the September Fairfield First Fridays event. The last time RAGBRAI was in town in 2013, summer art installation pieces were sold and shipped to cyclists in Texas, California, Minnesota and Illinois.
This year’s participants are Susan Noll Thicke, the Hannes family, Curt Swarm, Annie Guldberg, Mike Pech, Rolf Erickson, Cheryl Myers, Jason Deprey, Pamela Lander, Suzan Kessel, the Mary Arnold family, and Wendy Stegall.
The project is supported with a partial PVC pipe donation from Hickenbottom Inc.
Also opening Friday will be an exhibit by Elaine Duncan and Emily Cantafio’s students in the Fairfield Art Association Hallway Gallery beside the art studio in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Duncan teaches “Art for Your Sake” on Tuesday afternoons throughout the year. The exhibit include works by Vicki Gautherat, Joyce Schlinder, Kathryn Thauwald and Mark Dillon.
Cantafio instructs “Kids Create” classes for children on Tuesday and Thursday after school, and will resume her classes in the fall. Students exhibiting their collection of chalk pastels, watercolors, tinfoil and Sharpie, and colored pencil projects will be Olivia Manning, Aden Lieb, Rahini Patel, Nadia Royer, Ronan Daniels, Aislinn Wise and Oliver Seimsen.
The exhibit in the arts & convention center’s Main Gallery continues with paintings by award-winning Des Moines artists: Leslie Leavenworth with work in oils, and Jan VanderLinden’s watercolors.