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John Weyl has the feature exhibition at FMAAA gallery in March.  A reception will occur for the artist on March 15th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Hy-Vee of Ft. Madison is the sponsor for the exhibition.  John has developed his own unique style of monoprints, creating a paradox of sorts.  Many would think of printmaking as a medium whereby the artist create hundreds of the same type of image.  John goes the opposite direction with his finished products being uniquely one-of-a-kind.  This sets him apart from other printmakers.  He has the “luxury of choice” as he works from multiple templates.  With dozens of base prints, he is able to add the hand touched additions in order to elevate the overall work.  John developed this style during his 33 year career as an art professor at Southeastern Community College.

            John shares his way, “I have always attempted to make creative art objects.  It seems like my better chances for success involved skills with tools and equipment rather than being able to produce highly representational works.  For example, I was able to throw fairly large pots but didn’t continue ceramics.  For a considerable time I stayed involved with contemporary jewelry making.  This too involved industrial arts-like processes.  Throughout all this time I concurrently managed to keep making paintings.  Serigraphy (silk screening) was another technical process that I used off and on for years.  While makings some posters for the music department, I thought why not make all these backgrounds different.  It was the mid-70’s and it was at this time that I launched my “one-of-a-kind silkscreen assisted painting phase”.  With a large number of works in different stages of completion, I would select, reject, or continue to experiment with all sorts of monoprint procedures.  In my opinion my screened monoprint methods are the most “original” thing that I have to offer.  I have never had my works made into commercial prints and don’t intend for that to happen.  Recently I have used oil paint and prismacolor over monoprints.  I would like to thank Jerry Torn and the late Robert Middaugh for their encouragement, striving for their approval has been most beneficial.”

           John has exhibited many times at the Art Guild of Burlington and Snake Alley Art Fair in his hometown of Burlington.  After beginning his teaching career in Estherville and finishing his draft time in the military, he heard of an opening in the Burlington public school system.  John returned home and after four years of teaching, had a chance to employ his Masters degree from Northern Iowa under Dean Stonehoecker at Burlington Junior College in 1966.  He was the only professor in the art department, teaching all classes in the department until 1992.  John witnessed the gradual transformation in the stability of the campus as it evolved into Southeastern Community College until his retirement in 1997.  It is ironic that his feature show was hung by the first SCC student intern at the FMAAA gallery who currently lives in the Paula’s Palette artist residency in Ft. Madison.  Viewing is available at FMAAA gallery Tuesday-Saturday from 10-5.