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Angles and lines in Siouxland, Sioux City Art Center

22 May

I like visiting art museums. Everyone of them offers something to a person, at different times, depending on the current exhibit. And there are a few throughout Siouxland. The Sioux City Art Center like many of its counter parts also provide a visual feast if a person takes the time to enjoy the surroundings as well as the art within the facility. And it’s probably with purpose that many museums are built, to reflect a community or vision of the founding personages responsible for the push to include an art center within a community. Although the history and initial reason for a particular design may get overlooked or even forgotten after a few decades as people come and go, including museum personnel. But the visual eye candy is still apparent and changes daily, especially if the play of light and the sun is involved.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Seeing shapes and patterns during on a sunny day at the Sioux City Art Center Wednesday, April 25, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Seeing shapes and patterns on a sunny day at the Sioux City Art Center Wednesday, April 25, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Shapes and patterns during a sunny day inside the Sioux City Art Center Wednesday, April 25, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Shapes and patterns during a sunny day inside the Sioux City Art Center Wednesday, April 25, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Celebrating Art in Siouxland, Sioux City Art Center

6 May

I recently attended a reception for area artists, some professional, others students and still others falling somewhere in between, at the Sioux City Art Center. It’s always a pleasure to attend art functions in Siouxland, as it seems art always gets the short of the stick and little recognition for those producing it. The reception was for the Briar Cliff Review, a literary publication produced by Briar Cliff University located in Sioux City. An entire exhibition hall was filled with art and probably 100-120 people attended to see the work and to also listen to some readings produced by writers who are published in the magazine. Area residents are asked to submit work for inclusion and an exhibit is held to celebrate that.

An artist makes a statement about his work during a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit in the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Visitors enjoy a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit in the atrium of the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

A couple gentlemen I know who belong to the Sioux City Camera Club also had work included in the publication.

Doug Conrad stands in front of his two photographs during a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit in the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Randy Williams stands next to his print at the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit in the Sioux City Art Center Wednesday, April 25, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always find it fun to walk around and view the work. And many times will go back when it is less crowded to spend some time and look over the art that somewhat runs the gamut of media. And people attending reveled in the chance to see their work celebrated and to share that with friends or document their participation.

Friends, family and interested parties attended a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A visitor for the reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit takes a photo of one piece of art at the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Even in small communities there are most times a vibrant art scene, that maybe, just not seen. But people can still go out and celebrate the work, the artists and community that surrounds it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Attendees listen to artists talk about their work during a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A visitor stops and contemplates a piece of art during a reception for the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit in the Sioux City Art Center Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Artist Mark Kochen, right, talks with Sioux City Art Center director Al Harris-Fernandez at the Briar Cliff University Review art exhibit during a reception, Thursday evening, April 19, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Exploring Siouxland in Winter, downtown Sioux City

13 Feb

After being snowbound and wanting to avoid below freezing temperatures, I finally exited my home to explore a bit of Siouxland via downtown Sioux City. Previously I had been out for a walk when temperatures were milder and the temps in a reasonable 30 degree range. And it was nice to look at some sculpted art pieces that sit next to the Sioux City Art Center.

Two sculpted art pieces sit outside the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

A sculpted piece of art sits outside the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

But this last walk downtown was after a 12 inch snowfall and temperatures that again reached into the teens with overnights near or below zero. A blue, sunny sky added to the Art Center’s sculptures that sit on its grounds. On the overcast day which I later chose to walk about downtown enhanced these less colorful pieces of art that adorn the downtown streets. And in a way the colorless sky and overcast added to the effect of these pieces by helping declutter the background for the most part and let the pieces stand alone to be admired.

jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Art sculpture displayed in downtown Sioux City, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

 

Being Inspired in Siouxland, Oaxacan Wood Carvings, Sioux City

23 Jan

Recently I saw an exhibit at the Sioux City Art Center of Oaxacan wood carvings from Mexico, commissioned by the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

An exhibit of Oaxacan wood carvings brought an unique perspective and stylized art works to the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

It’s nice to be able sometimes to be inspired by art and not have to travel too far within Siouxland, Information provided says wood animal and figurative sculptures have been made for more than 2,000 years from clay and stone. This folk art is attributed to people with no formal artistic education and previously was anonymous and made by indigenous folk and crafts people from small towns and villages. It was in the 1950’s and ’60’s that the creation of wood sculptures was for pure artistic pleasure rather than as objects for the Catholic Church or for religious celebrations.

Rabbit Nahual, 2005 by artist Manuel Jimenez and sons Angelico and Isaias of Oaxaca, Arrazola, Mexico is an example of the exhibit of Oaxacan wood carvings at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

An artist responsible for popularizing these wood sculptures is Manuel Juan Jimenez Ramierez. He was from the small town of Arrazola in the foothills near Monte Alban. After the popularity took off and other villagers and people from neighboring communities saw the potential from buying tourists and art collectors, more people began creating these fantastical wood sculptures. Sometimes created by one individual and sometimes by groups of people, to the point where it became a family affair. All members doing their part in either making the sculpture or painting them. Information provide states that 80 families along in Arrazola create alebrijes. The sculptors use wood mostly from the copalillo tree, carving while the wood remains wet, then left to dry, which can take weeks or months and finally adding a base coat of paint before applying the final painting scheme.

An example from the exhibit of Oaxacan wood carvings at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

It’s amazing to see the different creations up close and personal, and to enjoy these creations without traveling very far. It’s said that inspiration can come from anywhere, anytime. Being inspired by seeing art done by others certainly gives me goose bumps and makes me want to pause, take stock and see what I might be able to do myself down the road.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

An example from the exhibit of Oaxacan wood carvings at the Sioux City Art Center in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Nature and Man in Siouxland, Sioux City

21 Jan

While downtown in Sioux City recently, I was struck by a scene as I walking to one of the local museums and this scene again brought home the intersection of man and nature to me. I looked up and saw a branch, then clouds floating on a building of glass and I was stuck with the thought of man and nature abiding together. As progress has been made and architects get more creative it’s possible to find more surreal surroundings in my estimation. This one may not seem like that, but man seems determined to include nature, thankfully, in his plans when designing cities, most of the time. And for that, I am grateful.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Nature and human structure interact along a street in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Enjoying the art of Art near Siouxland, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

5 Jan

On a visit to the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE south of Siouxland I spent a little time looking at facility itself and enjoying its architecture. At the same time I was also looking at color. And how it adds another dimension or feel to the museum.

Admiring art in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Muted colors and the specially lit venue helps visitors to concentrate on the art hanging in the various galleries and not to think about anything beyond the room one is in and the joy of seeing some excellent pieces.

An entryway with a fountain adds to place and lends an elegance before you start the journey of seeing. As does the art installation of a Dale Chihuly piece that hangs in front of a large window. It’s nice to sit nearby and look and enjoy. Some days should be quiet days.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A Chihuly art piece hangs in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Mosaic tile in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Framing the Obvious in Siouxland and the Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NE

14 Dec

When out shooting sometimes I don’t really know what to expect until I see an image in front of me. During an outing with my Photo Safari class through the Lifelong Learning program at Western Iowa Tech Community College I was struck by some columns in downtown Sioux City.

in downtown Sioux City, Iowa Saturday Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

I never really noticed City Hall behind it until that night.

And during my trip to Council Bluffs and visiting the historic General Dodge House columns again caught my attention.

Columns line the porch of the Dodge House, former residence of one Gen. Greville M. Dodge, a Civil War Veteran and railroad builder who settled in Council Bluffs, Iowa Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As did a recent to to the Joslyn Museum in Omaha, NE. The architecture there in the building itself is as much a tribute to art and the art of building as are the works found within it. It was a good day to wander through the museum and enjoy the building and what it offers in and of itself.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Columns in the Joslyn Art Museum frame other building aspects in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Columns in the Joslyn Art Museum frame other building aspects in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Columns in the Joslyn Art Museum frame other building aspects in Omaha, NE Thursday Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

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