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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November 12, 2020 - January 3, 2021: Hall Gallery
Free opening reception on Thursday, November 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Willard Arts Center. Reception supported by KISU, FM-91, Your Ear to the World
The framed oil and acrylic paintings in this show were done in plein air in 2019. They are inspired by Idaho Falls and its surroundings and painted in the company of friends and fellow artists. I am very appreciative of the local art community who came out to paint and of my wonderful gardening neighbors who allowed me to set up in their yards.
This spring, 2020, with social distancing and ‘stay at home’ orders, I decided to take an online Chinese Brush Painting class with artist Henry Li. One of the first things he explained was that Chinese artists throughout history created landscape paintings in their homes as a way of looking inwards during times of social and political turmoil. They wanted to make landscapes that would allow one’s mind to travel. All of the ink paintings on scrolls likewise were created in my studio but are still inspired by the Idaho Falls area. You may have noticed, I enjoy the huge, beautiful trees that grow here.
While taking the Ink Brush Painting Class, I learned about the different types of rice paper and about the techniques of the Northern and Southern Song Dynasty in China during the years 1124 to 1279. At first, I created landscapes in my own painting style. Then, as I learned more about this ancient style of painting and the expressive brush strokes they used, I started incorporating some of those techniques into my work. You may be able see the difference between the ink paintings created before taking the class and afterwards.
The scrolls in this show come from China and are made of mounted Xuan unprimed rice paper. If you wish to make one your own, they each come with a durable plastic tube for easy transport and storage.
Fred & Linda Hughes • Josh Flores • Amy Lientz & Jay Astle