Erika and Ron have very different backgrounds yet are drawn to artistic creation, feeling a need to work through ideas from their imagination using metal and gems. They interpret these materials in their own creative designs, producing wearable art in Erika’s art practice to a range of sculptures using a variety of materials in Ron’s. The Opening Reception for Metals and Gems is Friday, May 5 from 5pm to 7pm.
Erika Wolfe has a Masters degree in Metalsmithing and has been a successful silversmith since 1995 after retiring from teaching art and jewelry fabrication at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, California. She has spent the intervening years in Keokuk, dedicating herself to Main Street and Keokuk Art Center activities while producing truly beautiful and award-winning designs through her Silverwear Studio. Erika indicates that her jewelry designs are rooted in Russian Constructivism, the Bauhaus movement and industrial design. Her work offers an order – a kind of methodical mathematical approach – that composes volumes and voids, negative and positive areas or defined areas of space to develop a dynamic visual tension. Erika says, “I stress the geometric because I believe it is a visual force that is easily understood – a kind of universal law that expresses an absolute dimension which transcends individual personality.”
Ron Deen is a self taught creative spirit who works with wood, metals and words. He has leaned into the beauty of copper and brass, along with incorporated materials like stone, geodes, and colored glass to express his ideas through his sculptural designs. Some of his sculptures are meant to interact with light captured in the colored glass, others are reflective of the strong patina finishes that he coaxes onto the surfaces of the work. Ron initially explored working with wood and has also written some children’s books (and some athletic themed cookbooks for fundraisers.) He grew up in Burlington, where he along with his wife, Debbie, have raised three children.

LIGHT  photography by Marc Wallace

Marc’s ethereal landscapes and imagery exemplify his prowess for playing with light. His sensitivity behind the lens captures moments that are purely emotive, as he strives in his mission, “to accentuate light, the intrinsic qualities and character of God.”  Marc further states, “Our world is an incredible place that we get to live in.  Everywhere we look, we can find astounding beauty.  It is my hope to help people see the incredible beauty of God’s creation…”

Marc first learned photography from his father, and purchased his own first camera while in high school. Later serving in the Marines he was stationed at the Headquarters Battalion for the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Camp Courtney, complete with a photo lab and a knowledgeable photo tech.  Marcus used the opportunity to really explore this media thoroughly. He states, “Having full use of this valuable resource changed my perspective about photography and I fell in love with this very challenging medium, Black & White Photography… my preferred medium for taking Pictures…My wife [Debbie] and my friends who know me accuse me of seeing in Black and White.”

Light will open with a Reception on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 5pm to 7pm and be available for viewing until after Artist Gallery Talk at Lunch ala Art on June 30th. We thank Lee County Bank for their sponsorship of the June Photography exhibition in the Main Gallery.

The Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am until 5pm

Past Exhibitions:

  • High School Art (friendly) Competition

    Area High School Artist artwork in the Main Gallery for April on display through Saturday, April 29 at the conclusion of the FMHS Jazz bands performances during FINALE.

  • Captured Impressions

    Captured Impressions by Carol Gunn | The FMAAA Art Center welcomes accomplished artist and Bonaparte, Iowa native Carol Gunn to the Main Gallery for a month-long exhibition entitled Captured Impressions featuring pastel and new explorations in mixed media work. This exhibition is on view March 3 – 25, 2023.

  • Fragility and Impermanence

    Matter breaking down. Energy slowly disbursing. Initiating a recovery of energy and materials back into a life cycle we all share to be transformed and repurposed again and again.

  • James Walker Henry – Surrealist

    Henry documents social and political issues through his paint and brush. He developed his own surrealistic style while attending Southeastern Community College, but his ability to create as an artist was his own and has been mainly self-taught. He believes his greatest influence was work by the painting master Salvador Dali. Henry states that he, […]