In the Gallery

Giovanni Falcone

Biography

Giovanni Carlo Falcone is a Hillsborough, New Jersey native that moved to Burlington, Iowa as a teenager. While attending Burlington Community High School, he was inspired and encouraged to advance his creative talents by his art instructor Pamela Geeding. He quickly learned the fundamentals of drawing under Geeding’s guidance and from there his creativity soared. After graduating from high school, he studied the art of printmaking and art history under Robert Kennon at Southeastern Community College. Kennon significantly inspired the change in Giovanni’s style and view of art. Now, he solely creates art for self satisfaction and therapeutic purposes. His studio space is at Allied Creators Studio, where he now is mentored by Tony Onesto and Matt Brandal. The feedback from all significant figures in Giovanni’s life have helped his art flourish.

Artist Statement

I use painting and drawing as a way to find myself and keep myself grounded. Within my artwork, the subjects of debates I have with myself take the foreground. A flux of ideas, emotions, and curiosities are poured into the details of my artwork. These details are strongly related to what I perceive as the most important connections found in life: spiritual, emotional, and physical. I have personally struggled with all three conections, but through artistic expression and evaluation I have found comfort and peace.

My compositions reflect inner quarrels and describe the light and dark areas of life. Many of my works include references to mythology, psychology, literature, and philosophy. These pieces are intended to spark conversation and be viewed in a new light.

 

Jason Dains

Jason Dains is a local Iowa artist, out of the Burlington area.

Typically Jason's work is in the style of surrealism, abstract or non-objective art. He has been known to do work in acrylic paint, color pencil, ink, oil pastel and marker. As well as, recent adventures with watercolor and watercolor pencil. Jason also likes to use a lot of texture and bright colors in his work. Many of his pieces also seem to have a lot of hidden messages, political humor and deep thought behind them.

Jason has said that he likes to pull his subject matter from all edges of the universe, from the deepest of the seas to outer space and beyond. Jason has also said he likes to pick subject matter that he finds to be stranger than fiction. Much of his recent work seems to have more of a realistic look to it, but with a science fiction feel.

His influences include, but are not limited to Derek Hess, Bob Ross, Salavdor Dali and Todd McFarlane. As well as, his late grandfather. Robert Shaffer, who he unfortunately never met.

Some of Jason's future goals include displaying his work on more of a national and international level. However, he plans to keep his studio local. Jason is an advocate for art education and supporting local talent.       


Gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday. Free and open to the public! We are now open late Thursday evenings until 8pm for Jefferson Street Farmer's Market.

Gallery Lounge is open the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month from 5-8pm for art, live music, wine, beer, charcuteries, and uncorked conversations!

 

Coming in October

Main Gallery

Jim Weidle
The Paint Goes On
October 1-31
Reception: October 7, 1-3PM

 

View the 2018 Gallery Schedule here.

 


 

Mezzanine Gallery

A second gallery located upstairs of the Art Center features larger artwork for sale and from our Private Collection.

 

Currently on Display

Large Artwork

Ben Calvert

David Garrison

Pamela Helms

Amy Long

Tim Laffey

Ken Reif

Douglas Rutzen

 


 

Mini Gallery

A small space between the Artists Market and Gallery.

5X7 Art for Everyone Exhibition and Sale

For this annual mini show, both amateur and professional artists were asked to compose and donate a 5"X7" piece of art. The small scale size doesn’t intimidate someone from taking a little bit of time out of their busy life to let go and just CREATE. The size also makes it more affordable for anyone to purchase an original piece of art. This 5X7 Art for Everyone Exhibtion and Sale is a fundraiser for the Art Center.

Each piece is for sale for $20. Show runs through October 13.

Our Mission: To use the power of art to awaken the creative nature that is in every person, to connect us socially and to contribute to the vibrancy of Burlington.