Opening Reception | January 10 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Talk | January 10 6:30 pm
Cat’s Meow is an exhibition of paintings and collages spanning the last several years. It explores themes of desire through depictions of whimsical relationships and children in dreamlike settings.
My work is based on a combination of found and personal imagery. I use paint and collage to create narratives centered on feelings toward the idea of home, childlike innocence and sexuality. I prioritize what I paint based on what appeals to me as something familiar or evocative of a memory or experience. Each element of each piece carries a unique history and inherent associations— reference points for me, and for the viewer— ranging from symbolic to deeply personal. I strive to keep the work poetically open to interpretation.
Originally from Ft. Madison, Iowa, Serena Stevens is a graduate student in the Painting and Drawing program at The University of Iowa. After receiving her BFA from Western Illinois University, she attended the Laguna College of Art and Design for one year. Following her time in California, she lived in New Mexico and Rhode Island before returning to Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow.
Serena has shown art nationwide including solo shows in Providence, RI, and Albuquerque, NM, group shows in Los Angeles, CA, Visalia, CA, and Davie, FL, as well as numerous juried exhibitions. She has won awards in the FRESH 2017 competition, Texas National 2016, and Annual Contemporary Arts Survey, and has been featured in Execute magazine and on the Dave Bown Projects.
Serena’s work is based on a combination of found and personal imagery, including books, magazines, and photographs. She uses paint and collage to explore influences on our perceptions, memories, and desires.
The Hub has invited 4 local ceramic artists to exhibit their work. We are excited to show the work of Jack Cannon, Ian Shelly, Natalie Shelly, and Sara Simonson at The Hub’s first Ceramics Invitational. We are exhibiting the work of 4 local potters. Their work spans the gap between functional and non-functional pottery and ceramics and their styles are just as different.
Opening Reception | November 1 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibit will be on display from November 1 – December 20th
Open to Interpretation
Congratulations to the artists selected to be in ‘Open to Interpretation’ by juror, Tyler Hennings! Join us for the ‘Open to Interpretation’ reception and award presentation September 6th 6:00 – 8:00 pm at The Hub.
Greg Billingsley | Angle of Repose
Mark Dierker | Old Man Weather & Road to Salvation
Chelsea Goers | Ocean Eyes
Deb Lutz | Droplet
Jason Hoffman | I/beam Table
Rob Kirkham | Dead Baby
Andrea Kliffmiller | Gardening Season & Together
Jake Miller | life after & Signaling
Linda Peters | Owlsey’s Pond & Lilies at Flock Hill Sheep Station, NZ
Serena Stevens | Self Portrait as a Child & Candy Land
Yvette Seal | Bird of Paradise
We would like to thank all the artists who applied. We had almost 50 pieces submitted and 16 were chosen.
Malaysia | The Multi-Ethnic Gem of Asia
Watercolors by Siraj Hull
Opening Reception | July 5th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Exhibit runs from July 5th – August 23, 2019.
Arts Kuba is a collection of works created by Kuba artist Albert Bope and his ancestors. The Kuba Kingdom is in Central Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the people of Kuba, art plays a significant role. Carved wooden masks, sculptures and weavings are used to represent an individual’s status and to remember former rulers. These pieces are often produced using various parts of palm trees and are adorned with cowrie shells and animal hair. The Kuba people are also master weavers. Their textiles are made from palm fiber and many feature strong, geometric compositions.
Opening Reception | May 4th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Show runs from May 4 – June 27, 2019.
I have been drawing as long as I can remember. Growing up on the farm made it easy to be drawn to livestock and farm settings to become art in the most simple ways in the eyes of a young person.
As I matured so too did my skill level. I can clearly credit my education and especially the years in art class with Mel Casper as the true catalyst that brought my art to a level that even I can admit did not know was attainable.
My lifelong interest and love of horses and the hours spent on and around them has translated into a keen understanding of the form and shape of these majestic animals. Art class trained us in so many ways to bring art alive thru pencil, watercolors, and oils.
What elevated my art after school was the marriage of all disciplines. Although I have done many inanimate subjects going back to my love of the horse was the single best form that I understood.
I found the the horse the best subject to show the power of shading and the precision of the stroke of a simple pencil to bring life to a sheet of art paper. My first four subjects that went to print were horses, the first was Jedask the Sire for the Arabian Foals we raised for a time.
This piece was a quantum change in my previous work as I applied an intensity to this work that would be applied to other subsequent work displayed here.
My journey as an artist continues by volunteering as a set artist for the performing arts, primarily for two plays each year at SID5. My personal work will continue when I am motivated to print-worthy subjects but at this time the work with the school is very important to me and it is my hope to support and inspire in any way possible the performing arts and those young artists just waiting to breakout in their own way. Art has been very challenging and rewarding in my life and I give a lot of credit to any success I have had to our tradition of excellence in the arts and it is my hope that it continues.
Show runs from March 1 – April 25, 2019.
Lynn Trone is a native of Schuyler County Illinois and a long time art specialist in several mediums. Pencil is a favorite while painting has been of interest lately. Lynn’s art pieces that have been donated and sold are hanging across the country. Attending Rushville High School and honing her skill in pencil shading, water colors and acrylics with Art Instructor Mel Casper was a positive influence. Lynn gives much credit to her early involvement with art in public school.
She is a farmer by trade and enjoys time at her farm where her steads are mostly used for therapeutic riding. She is married with two grown children Ryan and Glenna. When she is not drawing, sketching or painting you can find Lynn caring for horses, poultry, dogs and cats on her hobby farm. She also is known to mow a few acres of grass in summer time and generally meandering around.
Wikipedia defines quilt as a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together.
It is our hope to give examples of a variety of designs and techniques from our quilting experiences. As quilts can be for purposes including home décor for the wall, tables, and furniture, along with the traditional “blanket” for beds of all sizes, our exhibit has a wide variety of sizes. These quilts show examples of English paper piecing, embroidery, prairie points, crystal embellishment, hand and machine quilting, using specialty fabrics, traditional pieced blocks and hand and machine applique. We also hope to give a glimpse into the process of making a quilted piece: selecting pattern and fabric, assembling the top, layering the quilt, sewing the layers together, binding the edges, and finally labeling the quilt and attaching a hanging sleeve, if desired. Although the process of making a quilt can be relatively quick (10-15 hours), often it takes much longer. Of course, it depends on many factors: size of the quilt, experience of the maker, complexity of the pattern, method of construction, etc. If you ask how long it takes me to make a quilt, I would not have an exact answer. My journal usually records a start date and a finish date; the quick projects (usually smaller) have been 1-2 months and long projects have taken 1-2 years or longer. I have never actually counted the hours from start to finish; I work on each step, enjoying the process until I have a finished quilt.
January 11 6:00 – 8:00 pm | January 22 1:00 – 4:00 pm | January 24 3:15 – 5:00 pm
February 2 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | February 12 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Show runs from January 11 to February 21, 2019.
I have been quilting since about 1991. I learned to sew as a child taking sewing in 4-H, but didn’t start quilting until I decided to make a quilt for a niece, and then another for my first child. My first instruction was Learning to Quilt: A Beginner’s Guide (a Leisure Arts Publication that I have since lost). The first quilts I made had many “mistakes” according to what I have learned since then, but I didn’t know any different. Once I became interested in quilting, I watched as many ”how to” programs about quilting as I could find on PBS and HGTV. Alex Anderson’s Simply Quilts was one of my favorites and I learned a lot by watching. I found my first quilting group on the Spoon River Drive in Ipava, IL. The quilters of the First Christian Church in Ipava taught me how to hand quilt.
In the early 2000’s I joined the “Nifty Needlers.” Our leader was Frances Ross; we met at the Schuyler County Home Extension Office. We shared our love and knowledge of quilting with each other, even working on some projects together. I also joined the Meredosia Quilt Guild about this time; I still belong to this group. I worked at the Quilt Shop, Country in the Attic, on the Rushville square from 2006-2008. While there, I made many shop samples and taught some quilting classes. When the shop closed in 2008, several local quilters did not want to give up meeting together regularly for quilting, so “Quilter’s Therapy” was formed. We have been meeting at the First Christian Church in Rushville on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month since then. I have a wonderful quilt studio at my house with lots of room for creating, and I continue to learn new techniques and tricks. I love sharing this passion with anyone who wants to learn.
My sewing experience began at 8 years old with a 4-H project. I continued to sew clothing until I was given a UFO. A UFO is an unfinished object, in this case a grandmother’s flower garden quilt. That happened in 1975. So, for more than 40 years I have been learning the jargon, techniques and joy that come from quilting.
I enjoy quilting for a purpose – either a new baby, a school project, the humane society, or any other worthy cause. My collection of quilts is bursting at the seams, so I try to quilt now only for others.