The Sioux City Art Center has so many great works up right now, but today I am focusing on one “The Values of Drawing.” It’s presents five local artists from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota. I love seeing local art, I love seeing art from all over, but it is nice to know that there are such great artists right here around me. It is amazing to see that the artist range from full-time artists to part-time and everything in between. I am only going to focus on two of the artist from the exhibition, Larassa Kabel and Justin Meyers.
Kabel is an artist from Des Moines, Iowa who currently works almost exclusively in colored pencil when drawing. She paints and makes prints as well. In her image “Any Minute Now – Flyboy, 2011.” The drawing is composed of more than one horse, and it is as if he is falling. The beauty in the fall as I see it, you can really see the tension in the horses face. It is 9×9 feet and absolutely beautiful in person. Think you may have heard her name before? She also won the contest in creating the Obama families Christmas card this past December!
Meyer’s is from Blair, Nebraska. This image is entitled “Mr. Bill, 2008″ and is done entirely in charcoal. When I first saw this printed I was excited to see such an amazing photograph, when I found out it was charcoal I was blown away! It is larger than life size at 30 x 22 inches and the amount of detail in this one as well will make sure you are standing there in awe for a long time. He was self-taught in drawing and formally trained in painting but decided with his busy and ever changing lifestyle that graphite and charcoal worked best for him, and boy was he right!
I hope everyone has a chance to visit this amazing exhibition, it will be up until April 14th.
Art. Eat. Drink. Repeat!