FAIRFIELD ART ASSOCIATION  Summer 2015 Downtown Art Installation

 “FLAPPERNACKLES Canvases in the Wind

  More than a banner – it’s a hanging work of art on canvas!

What’s a Flappernackle??? Here they are!

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This fundraising event for the organization begins Friday, August 7 with bidding at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Bid sheets will be placed in the Main Gallery and include pictures of each of the 20 original entries to help identify  the canvases and their artists. Bids can be increased until September 4 when the auction closes at 9 PM. Proceeds are split between the artist and the FAA.

Two pair of canvases are included in one bid, with both sides of each canvas viewable, some have solid color or simple designs and others complete art works on all four sides. Uses for the canvases can be placement in your yard/garden, or you can even take them inside your home. They can be hung in windows or on your walls. Although the canvases are curling in the outdoor weather, most should flatten out when brought in. One artist has ironed theirs underneath a towel to uncurl the edges, others added dowels at bottom or weighted with something like fishing weights. Canvases could also be stretched as a regular painting. These are genuine original artworks in a variety of media , including acrylic painting, mixed media , collage, fiber, recycled materials, those with solar lights, beads & gems, wire, cut out canvas pieces and more creative materials.

Artists participating include Jessica Kirby, Cathryn Layer, Dori Lewman & Kerry Kelsey, Kathy Tollenaere, Gin Lammert, Laura Goldman Weinberg, Robert Glocke, JCHC with Wanda Bagby and Peggy Wilson & entire staff,  Vickie Gautherat, Manuel Coradin, Joyce Schlindler, Suzan Bates Kessel, Nancy Huebner, Jan Bork, Candy DeFries, Pam Lander, Mary Arnold, Ingrid Saterstrom, Elaine Hughes, and Ann Porter. Artists are not only from Fairfield, but also come from Ft. Madison, Washington, Ottumwa, Pulaski, Mt. Pleasant, and Kalona. You can meet some of these artists  at the August 7 Reception for the three exhibits opening that evening – “Comics & Graphic Novels” from U of I Modern Art Collection, “Students  of Preston, Duncan & Tschopp Exhibit”, and “Sculpture” by Dallas Guffey.

“This year is the 7th year the FAA has installed art in the downtown garden nodes for public viewing during the summer months. It is always a goal to bring art out into the public, and in the FAA’s 50th anniversary year in 2016, a special permanent project will be announced” according to Volunteer Director Suzan Kessel . “The FAA board will be announcing a major public art piece very soon. Funds raised in this silent auction will go towards that project.”

The last day to “Vote for Your Favorite” Flappernackle is Friday August 7, at 9 p.m.  This also takes place at the FACC in the Main Gallery. The “Canvases in the Wind” project is sponsored in part by a grant from the Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau.  SAMPLES OF CANVASES UP FOR AUCTION


Fairfield Art Association’s 2015 summer art installation – “FLAPPERNACKLES – Canvases in the Wind”  original creations & placed in 20 different downtown garden nodes for public viewing & enjoyment. The project enhances Fairfield tourism and promotes local artists. “Public Favorite” vote NOW thru AUG 7 with a prize to the winner.  Silent Auction of the Flappernackle Canvases will begin at the August 7 Art Walk and conclude at the September Art Walk.

Proceeds will be divided equally between the participant and the FAA.


Questions can be directed to the FAA Board, or contact Suzan Kessel, email or call 641- 472-5374.

This year’s project is sponsored in part by a Fairfield CVB grant.