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January 7, 2014

Winners of Canvas Art Exhibit announced by FAA

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Gin Lammert: "Single with Character." Gin Lammert's painting "Single with Character" is a richly surfaced painting fixed atop a possible preparatory painting in reds of yet another pear. I like the physical layering of the smaller canvas on top of the 12-inch by 12-inch canvas. In a world of Photoshop layers, it is refreshing to see this. There is no blending between the two paintings but rather the bottom image serves as a foundation but also a reference to the subject of the pear. The surface of the top painting is well-“painted.” That may seem like an obvious statement, but there is no mistake that the artist built the surface and the form of the pear with paint. By the way the artist handled the paint and the blending of it, she also explored the space behind the pear with paint. She left bits of cadmium red at the edge of the composition so the viewer won’t wander too far. The space itself is ambiguous; it is both close and far. I enjoyed the play between the two canvases.

Catherine Aalto: "First Snow." I kept coming back to "First Snow" again and again. The title seems simple enough, a description of an event that happens every year, and every year it is a bit exciting to be in the first snow. Titles are usually something that can be both an invitation and a description. The composition is almost a symmetrical – quadrant arrangement. Often this can be deadly because of its static, unmoving nature. This little painting defies that age-old composition rule. While the composition seems to solidly rest, it is the color that asked and creates visual questions such as, why this green? What is my relationship to the house? It is the cool, muted color of the horizontal structure a barrier. What is the space? Near or far? The green as almost an acrid color is the focal point not only of the composition but of the questions. I enjoy the challenge that Aalto provided.

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  • Jefferson County PM to hold blood drive FAIRFIELD — Jefferson County PM will be hosting a community blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 12 inside the activities center at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 2606 W. Burlington Ave. Donors who last gave blood on or before June 17 are eligible to do

    July 30, 2014

  • Blakesburg Lions breakfast Saturday BLAKESBURG – The Blakesburg Lions Club will be sponsoring a breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Blakesburg Community Center. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, grits, Jane's cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee.

    July 30, 2014

  • Sweet Corn Serenade features food, music OSKALOOSA — Beginning at noon Thursday, Oskaloosa's Sweet Corn Serenade will take place in the town square, featuring a meal, fun activities, vendors and live music. The meal, served from 4-9 p.m., includes a hamburger and an ear of corn, and extra

    July 30, 2014

  • Donations sought for school supplies OTTUMWA — Ottumwa YMCA is collecting school supplies for needy students in the Ottumwa area. From Friday through Aug. 9, anyone can donate new school supplies by placing their donations in the collection bin in the YMCA’s lobby. Students’ school supp

    July 30, 2014

  • Stroke, osteoporosis screenings in September OTTUMWA — Residents living in and around the Ottumwa area can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Knights of Columbus will host a Life Line Screening on Sept. 10 at 123 W. Third St. Four key points every person need

    July 30, 2014

  • Final municipal band concert of the season OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Municipal Band will perform its final concert of the 2014 season at 7 p.m. Thursday in Central Park. The band will be performing a “C” concert, as in “See You Next Year.” Every piece selected by band director Brenda Hagedon has

    July 30, 2014

  • Lunsford reunion Saturday HEDRICK — Descendants of William Monroe Lunsford and Mary (Brunk) Lunsford will gather Saturday at the Hedrick American Legion, 112 Main St. The building is handicapped-accesible. A meal will be shared at 12:30 p.m. with baskets of Lunsford cooking.

    July 29, 2014

  • Women's Connection to meet Aug. 11 OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa Women's Connection invites all ladies to join them at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at The Peppertree Restaurant. Daryl and Maria Martin, formerly from Oskaloosa, will bring bits of their world travel experiences as the feature, and they wi

    July 29, 2014

  • Valves installed to reduce water main breaks OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Water Works has experienced an increase in water main breaks this month. The Greenwood Tank on the south side has been taken out of service for rehabilitation inside and out. It will be out of service for another three months.

    July 29, 2014

  • Vintage Dayz in Cantrill CANTRIL — Vintage Dayz in Cantril will be held Thursday through Saturday. A 31 Tournament starts the activities at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Watering Hole located near the Cantril Ball Diamond. Friday night, the Fox River Fields Band will be playing at

    July 29, 2014

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