“Faces and Footprints of Postville” drawings on display at Decorah Public Library
Dec 01, 2008 10:00 AM
Jan 23, 2009 05:00 PM
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Artist Craig Ede of Decorah is exhibiting a collection of drawings entitled “Faces and Footprints of Postville” in Decorah Public Library’s Mezzanine Gallery December 1- January 31. The Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC) is hosting a public reception for Ede Saturday Jan. 31, 3-4 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the library. Light refreshments will be served.
Ede explains his inspiration to create the Postville collection by saying “I wanted to capture some of the individuality of the members of a group of people who seemed to be being painted with a very broad brush by their circumstances. These are all specific individuals, not generic ‘illegals’ or ‘disposable’ laborers. I wanted to look at them as individual people. The complexity and unconventional beauty of their faces is very compelling to me.”
Ede continued, “The title ‘Faces and Footprints of Postville’ is meant to indicate that these images are one of the ways in which these particular people have left footprints behind of their time in the town of Postville, even if they are finally forcibly removed.”
In the near future, Ede plans to do a large painting that addresses the overall chaos of the situation in Postville due to the Agriprocessors raid. He would also like to do a permanent mural in Postville to commemorate the cultural contribution to the town made by the people who are being forced to leave. The drawings on display at Decorah Public Library will be an important aid in working on both of these projects.
“I’d like to thank the congregation of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville for giving me the use of a room within the church complex for drawing people. Without their generous support many of these drawings would have been impossible,” Ede said.
Ede received a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. His work has been exhibited in many states in the U.S. and a number of countries internationally since 1981. Ede cites college art teachers Roy Behrens, Adolph Rosenblatt, Steve Samerjan, and Danny Pierce as important people in his artistic development. He also noted being influenced by the following artists: Hokusai, Goya, Velazquez, Alberto Giacometti, Lovis Corinth, Kathe Kollwitz, Oskar Kokoschka, Thomas Eakins, Rembrandt, Whistler, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud.
The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery has been a joint project of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah Area Regional Arts Council (DRAC) since 1998. The Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm.
Anyone interested in exhibiting artwork in the Gallery should contact Ellen Macdonald at email@example.com or Kristin Torresdal at 563-382-3717.