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Ft. Madison Area Arts Association welcomes a new artistic couple to the community. Robert and Maria moved to Ft. Madison a year ago, bringing plenty of artistic baggage with them to their new surroundings. Robert brings a printmaking mastery to the stage while Maria's painting background captures our rural landscapes. This husband and wife team have extensive art degrees from the Hawkeye nest up north, espousing a marital melting pot of styles in FMAAA feature gallery. A reception for the Iowa City talent will occur October 7th from 5-7pm. HyVee of Ft. Madison is the sponsor for the exhibition.

Robert's skill as a technical print maker is apparent immediately upon entering the exhibit. The skill level is apparent to anyone enjoying precise craftmanship. Robert has shown in an impressive 150 differing exhibitions including “Spiritual Visions”,Solo Exhibition, Webster University Regent's College, London, England. He has exhibited in New York and San Francisco, luckily hitting many venues in between! Originally hailing from St. Louis, Robert pursued a BFA in printmaking from Webster University, than gravitating onward to Hawkeye country with their lauded printmaking curriculum. Robert has MFA in printmaking and MA degree in art history from University of Iowa. Maria graduated University of Iowa with BA in painting in 1988. Her art is influenced by landscape paintings of her native state of Iowa, capturing the loss of the traditional family farm, as she watched the fields go corporate in her rural setting of Cresco. She captures the rural symbolism with ease and her subject matter will be favored by regional viewers. She also likes to focus on dramatic lighting or chiaroscuro in her work. Although the couples styles are entirely different, they seem to meld and unite in the gallery space, enacting a pleasing sweet and salty taste to your cultural palette.

Robert will conduct a gallery talk at Lunch-ala-Art program on October 28th at noon. Call 319-372-3996 to register. He is currently Instructor for Art&Design at Southeastern Community College. Maria is the Activity Director at Danville Care Center. Welcome this creative couple to the community with viewing all month Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Look for FMAAA gallery to be open on Mondays a well this fall.....even more availability for your cultural appetite