Tuesday, April 29, 2008

OFTA FEATURES GALESBURG ARTISTS ON MAY 14


On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Rob and Lori Reed will talk to the members of OFTA (Old Friends Talk Arts) about their artistic philosophy and their work. Their presentation will take place in the main gallery of the Buchanan Center for the Arts on the square in downtown Monmouth, IL

The Reed’s are the gurus behind the Reed Studios, Inc. in Galesburg and have been prominent in the art and design scene there for many years. They have exhibited their work extensively throughout Illinois and Iowa and both have taught at Knox College.

Lori has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois and works primarily in collage. She uses paper, tiles, shells, broken ceramics and other found objects in her creations and says that she will often try to “. . . evoke memories from childhood or convey the hint of a story of which the viewer has only fragments.”

Rob has a M.F.A. in Sculpture from Oklahoma University and works in both metal and stone. He said in his artist’s statement that ever since he was a child he has been making things and that it gives him “. . . a great kick to build something out of fairly humble materials and make it look nice.”

The Reed’s presentation for OFTA will come just before their new show, “Uncovered, Discovered & Manufactured” opens at the Buchanan Center. That exhibit will run from May 17th to June 14th, 2008 with the official opening reception on Friday evening May 16th from 5-7 p.m.

OFTA( Old Friends Talk Arts) is a gathering, primarily for senior citizens, that features regular second Wednesday of each month programs on the arts. There is no charge for admission, refreshments are available, and all members of the public are welcome regardless of their age. OFTA is partially supported by grants from the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency. If you have ideas for programming or wish to get on the mailing list, please contact OFTA coordinator Jim De Young at jdeyoung@maplecity.com

OFTA( Old Friends Talk Arts) is a gathering, primarily for senior citizens, that features regular second Wednesday of each month programs on the arts. There is no charge for admission, refreshments are available, and all members of the public are welcome regardless of their age. OFTA is partially supported by grants from the Buchanan Center for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency. If you have ideas for programming or wish to get on the mailing list, please contact OFTA coordinator Jim De Young at jdeyoung@maplecity.com

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