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New exhibit debuts at Fisher Community Center

Area artists present interpretative works

December 8, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Interpretive works by more than 15 local artists and art educators was on display Friday night at Marshalltown's Fisher Community Center's Auditorium.

"Inspired: Art In and Around the Fisher Community Center," was the exhibit's theme and hosted by the Central Iowa Art Association.

"We asked area artists to create a piece or two based on the works of art - from the Impressionists to the ceramics collection to the sculptures outside," said CIAA President David Waterhouse.

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Phil Tetzloff, left and Bob Moore, both of Marshalltown are shown in the Fisher Community Center’s Auditorium as visitors to the Central Iowa Art Association’s exhibit “Inspired: Art In and Around the Fisher Community Center,” Friday evening.

Renown artist Mary Cassatt, whose work "Mother and Child" hangs in the FCC's Impressionist Gallery was an inspiration to artist Helen Fitz who painted her interpretation.

A painting displayed by Kamar Essex was inspired by a Raphael Romanelli marble sculpture presented to J.W. Fisher in 1961 by the C.H. McMahon family.

Other artists accepting the challenge were Jennifer Castle, Tim Castle, Shelli Finch, Vicki Meyer, Pam Muench, and Mary Weisgram among others.

"The theme is different from anything we have done before," said artist Nancy Adams, who also helped organize the exhibit with Shelli Finch and Waterhouse. "We are fortunate to have world-class art in Marshalltown that local artists can interpret in their own way."

Vicki Meyer was a local artist with several pieces on display.

Meyer's art is labeled as mixed media, a technique involving the use of two or more artistic media such as ink and pastel combined.

Meyer said she began displaying her art publicly approximately six years ago at the urging of friends.

"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this exhibit," she said. "I grew up in Marshalltown, and am well acquainted with the Fisher Community Center and its Impressionist Gallery and sculptures on the grounds."

Among the attendees taking in the exhibit was Phil Tetzloff of Marshalltown.

"My wife and I like to come the first of the month to the FCC and see the exhibits," he said.

"It's exciting to see how area artists were inspired by the works on the grounds and in the Impressionist Gallery."

Joining the Tetzloffs was Bob Moore of Marshalltown.

"A number of the artists with work on display are friends of mine and I wanted to see their interpretations," he said.

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