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“Faces and Footprints of Postville” artist reception at Decorah Public Library

Artist Craig Ede of Decorah is exhibiting a collection of drawings entitled “Faces and Footprints of Postville” in Decorah Public Library’s Mezzanine Gallery until the end of January. 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.
When Jan 31, 2009
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where in the Mezzanine
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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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 until the end of January. 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 is currently painting two portraits of women from Postville. These works-in-progress will be on display for the first time at the Jan. 31 DRAC reception. The making of the two large oil paintings was supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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 macdonel@luther.edu or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.