Saturday, December 30, 2006

Jacoby Arts Center: 12 January 2007

Jacoby Arts Center presents Awards of Excellence 2007, featuring the work of artists Leah Gallant-McFall, Ken Konchel, Roxanne Phillips, Snail Scott, Jeff Vaughn and Patricia Vivod.

Selected by juror Julie Campbell, each of these artists produces work that combines finesse with intensity. Ms. Campbell, artist and owner of the Three Sinks Gallery, located in Webster Groves, Missouri, selected these six artists as representing some of the region's best.

The exhibit opens with a reception for the artists Friday, January 12, from5-8 PM and continues through February 25. Wine tasting provided by Piasa Winery.

About the artists: Leah Gallant-McFall creates intimate spaces through classically constructed works on paper. Her etchings quietly develop a personal relationship with the viewer as she draws you into an architectural ruin, landscape or an isolated element of both. Photographer Ken Konchel is drawn to the expressive power of buildings. His black and white photographs focus on the sculptural quality of an individual building, and incorporate the play of light, pattern and shape. Through his pursuit of architecture as image, he has documented the changing urban landscape. Roxanne Phillips uses dense, yet subtle patterns of vaguely familiar objects, to develop spatial relationships on the picture plane. In her large scale monoprints and collagraphs she uses repetition to build and activate the surface of her prints. Sculptor Snail Scott creates provocative works by combining unlikely imagery and materials - an interface between reality and potential. Her structures are often built with common materials that are realigned to affect our logic. Through a layering of glazing and paint, Jeff Vaughn creates precious landscapes that depict as much about the quality of light as the detail of theland. The resulting images go beyond photo realism, capturing a moment in time, a place composed of light, color and texture. Pat Vivod's printmaking work combines yards of flowing silk with imagery and color achieved through rusting tools and rotting produce. The use of these contrasting elements combines nostalgic and contemporary sensibilities to make pieces that are inspired by her rural childhood.

The Jacoby Arts Center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10- 5; Sunday, noon to 4; and is located just off the Clark Bridge between Ridge and Henry Streets.

For more information call 618-462-5222 or visit our web site. The Jacoby Arts Center is a program of the Madison County Arts Council and receives support from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Jacoby Arts Center
Madison County Arts Council
627 E. Broadway
Alton, IL 62002


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