‘Mystery Drowns the Ornate’

Artist exhibit opens Thursday

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Marshalltown artist Burnell Woodside is this month’s featured artist through the Central Iowa Art Association (CIAA). An artist reception, free and open to the public, will be held July 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the FCC Auditorium showcasing his artwork.

“It’s fantasy, it’s intended to challenge the observer, and it has cartoon qualities.”

This is the way Marshalltown artist Burnell Woodside describes his artwork.

As this month’s featured artist through the Central Iowa Art Association (CIAA), Woodside will exhibit 29 of his works inside the Fisher Community Center Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free reception on Thursday, July 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. inside the auditorium. Refreshments will be provided.

His exhibit is entitled “Mystery Drowns the Ornate.”

Woodside works primarily with colored pencils and as a photographer.

“I’ve been an artist since age four,” he said. “I’ve still got some drawings I made for my mom, of the Easter Bunny with fangs.”

An art student in college, Woodside has spent years cultivating his distinctive style. He chose the 29 pieces based on the feedback he has received in showing them in the past. He said his paintings and colored pencil works are deemed a success when they have the ability to grab the viewers’ attention and challenge their perceptions.

“It’s not about what it is, but about what it seems,” the artist explained. “You suspend reason. [The artwork] is playful. It’s about freedom, having a canvas take you somewhere you’ve never been before or proposing an outrageous idea.”

Woodside’s photography in the exhibit mainly depicts the bygone era of the drive-in movie theatre. One piece of artwork on display is a book of his photography he crafted out of a repurposed vinyl record.

“My photography leans heavily towards sentiment, mainly drive-in theatres that are all gone now,” he said.

Woodside said he takes creative inspiration from the work of American filmmaker Ralph Bakshi.

The exhibit will be viewable July 6-26, during normal FCC business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the exhibit, contact the CIAA at: 641-753-9013.