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Local artist brightens gallery wall at Community Foundation

The paper and printing industries have strong legacies throughout the Fox Valley. In February, our new rotating Art Showcase at the Community Foundation puts printing in a new light — as art.

Printmaker Joann Mariahazy (pictured above) has her “Falling Quilts” series on display at our office building, where we are using one of our walls as a rotating art display. The artwork enriches the visits of the many donors, nonprofit partners and community leaders who visit the Community Foundation. We invite local artists to exhibit their work, and the public is welcome to come enjoy. The display also elevates the importance of supporting local art as a community. Featured artists will rotate every few months.

Here’s what Joann says about her artwork, which will be on display for the next few months:

“I am a printmaker, who also creates drawings and coloring pages. I earned a BFA with a focus on printing and a minor in art history from UW-Oshkosh.

“One of my favorite paintings is Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2’ where the idea of motion is represented in a static image. ‘Falling Quilt’ is my attempt to illustrate the motion of a quilt taken out of the dryer, held up nice and flat, and allowed to fall to the ground.

“This series of ‘Falling Quilts’ represents a full summer’s work. Ink has been ‘pulled’ across the screen, onto the paper, in registration (lined up) many times. Each color represents a pull – the orange(s), red(s), green(s), blue(s) all have more than one color, and then the detail of the stitching is another pull. Multiply the count of colors by the number in the edition and the result is the number of pulls performed to create the edition.

“This work is enjoyable and fast paced. While printing, I am continually creating, problem solving, perfecting details, and blending inks to get the correct color(s). It’s physical too, movement is a big part of printing! Oh, and lots of open horizontal surfaces help too. Enjoy!”

If you are an artist interested in displaying your work at the Community Foundation, click here.

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