About the Idaho Falls Arts Council
Since its founding in 1990, the Idaho Falls Arts Council has committed to hosting an array of events, arts, performances, and venues to feature local and international talent within Idaho Falls and its surrounding areas. Now consisting of the Willard Arts Center, the historic Colonial Theater, the ARTitorium, and the Civic Center, these settings provide the means to have an annual impact of $2.7 million on the local community in the form of art galleries, 10 - 16 mainstage shows, 8 visual arts exhibitions, and community events all year long. The continued support of its staff members and volunteers accommodate the thousands of individuals who partake in the local arts community.
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Joe Keller Solo Exhibition
Gallery reception November 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Sponsored by Linda Guay, Jerry and Carrie Scheid, Margaret Wimborne, and Rob Thornberry
"It’s escapism. I continue to paint until I feel I can walk around in the painting. Often my arm seems to move on its own. The first five minutes of a painting are the most exciting and creative when the outcome is all possibility. I’m a loose, messy oil painter and I experiment a lot. I am influenced by color, color harmony and balance of shapes with a solid composition. As long as a subject provides an inspiration, I am not attached to any particular subject.
I’ve developed my own sense of beauty and purpose having visited many of the top art museums and traveled extensively. This visual background is my data base. Painting is payback for the joy of imprinting these memories.
I don’t have a philosophy, no art speak here, the muse is smarter than I am and automatically inspires guidance. Just as a good movie can absorb you completely and leave you immersed into the screen, being at my easel quiets my mind and allows my brain to cross over to the artistic side. From there I just follow intuition. If I have painted something that gets you into the frame, I am honored."