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Curt Swarm is certainly a Midwestern style Renaissance man, adept at literature, photography, and sculptural musings.  A public reception for Curt occurs July 11th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Sunnybrook of Ft. Madison is the sponsor for the July exhibition. Curt is probably best known for his writing.  His Empty Nest column has ran for 15 years, featuring human interest stories and is circulated in 20 Iowa newspapers.  The weekly column is also recorded live on pod cast format at Lost Lake radio (www.lostlakeradio.com).  He graduated from Iowa State in 75’ with a degree in English.  Curt is a native Iowan and has resided in Mt. Pleasant, IA since 1995.

The former cyclone swarmed into the Ft. Madison Area Arts Association as a participant in the Annual Photography show shortly after the flood of 2008 relocated FMAAA back to Avenue G.  He has won monetary awards in the December Member Annual Show three out of the last four years in varying mediums.  His five years invested in digital photography have rewarded him with many sales in galleries, art fairs, and events.  He has selected many of his favorites in canvas wrap format providing sharp imaging.

As a jack-of-all trades will, Curt began a love story with rusted metal.  He bought a welder three years ago and just hopped into the skill development at the homestead.  There were trials and tribulations.  A trip to the emergency room on one episode or almost burning down the garage on another has not deterred Curt from the quest of obtaining the raw materials of unique shapes and visualizing the sculptural image within the metal.  Curt is utilizing found object materials in green art form to render whimsical animals, faces, or figures in the steel.  A recent addition of a plasmacutter has increased his possibilities statistically as he muses the possible pairings.  He works a few hours daily on ideas and as a writer, can make the deadline when they are in mind!

Curt enjoys both modern and traditional art. One can see the Picasso influences on the three dimensional monoliths such as Teradactool, Auger Dogger, Bull’s Head, or Virgin Mary.  Or see the pure Midwestern influence of his flying geese and cattails.  The works are supposed to be displayed outdoors.  They nook a garden niche in most excellent fashion.  Most works are original design, but Curt loves to network with other artists to peculate shared ideas.  Enjoy the whimsical wonders of Curt’s metallic voice during the month of July, Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00 at 825 Avenue G.