After the initial reception, the gallery is open
on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. July 15-August 5.
Additional viewing times may be arranged by calling the Lincoln Art
Institute at (217) 651-8355.
The display of 80 works of art include watercolor and oil paintings,
multi-media, drawings, and photography from Decatur artists Ann
Brunson, Phil Cooling, Miguel Durban, Shirley Fahs, Stephen Gardner,
Ken Moser, Dianne Spaniol, and Jim Spaniol. Each artist is showing
multiple works, most of which are available for purchase.
Highlights about each of these award-winning artists include:
Ann Brunson has been interested in art from a young age
saying, “As a kid I was always drawing or making paper dolls.” In
this show, she is featuring a colored drawing titled Cat 1. Although
her family is dog owners, Brunson often includes a cat in her
altered reality works featuring diagonals, strong designs, and
Phil Cooling is creative with a variety of media including
acrylic, oils, and wood from realistic to abstract viewpoints.
Cooling says, “I have been trying to evoke a thought or emotion with
my paintings. “Seeking” is a perfect example of what I was looking
to accomplish. Just stand back and let your mind wander as you look
at it. I’m not going to tell you what you might see, that’s for you
and you alone.” This piece was also created without using a paint
brush. Cooling poses the question, can you guess what tool was used?
Miguel Durban took up drawing, then painting with oils and
using other media including charcoal. Durban says, “I paint almost
every day, often from photos or sometimes just from my imagination.”
His featured work, done with oil and a palette knife, is titled
Sunny Day at the Creek. This view of nature is favored by Durban
because of its combination of colors and the form of the trees.
Shirley Fahs is showing water colors, drawings, and a unique
collage made of match covers and acrylic titled The Fire Within.
Fahs contacted friends who contributed match covers featuring
long-gone restaurants like Elam’s root beer stand, The Blue Mill,
and Shenanigans. This one-of-a-kind piece also includes an
historical political cover, “Re-elect Hosapple”, a former Macon
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Stephen Gardner, a college student, joined BCA a couple
years ago after meeting members at an art show. He works with acrylics on
canvas, many with a different-world look. His favorite work for this show is
titled Flowers, and is a close-up view of a flower cluster. Gardner who has been
interested in art all of his life says, “Some of my earliest memories are
drawing silly pictures with Crayola markers.”
Ken Moser launched into art by taking a watercolor
workshop by Rob O’Dell. Moser also paints with gauache (opaque watercolors),
oils, and acrylic. His favorite for this show is a watercolor of realistic
wisteria blossoms fading to more impressionistic leaves and background, a
subject from his own yard.
Dianne and Jim Spaniol often return from photo shoots with totally
different perspectives in their 10 years of sharing photography as a hobby.
Dianne Spaniol’s favorite for the July show is called Architecture. This
nighttime shot of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses
Nashville’s Cumberland River, draws the viewer deeper into the bridge and
highlights often overlooked colors reflected upward from Music City’s neon
Jim Spaniol is featuring colorful guitars in a photo taken at a street market in
San Antonio, TX. He says, “Since I play the guitar, these caught my attention. I
love this colorful form of my favorite instrument.”
Some BCA artists started or returned to art after retirement including Ann
Brunson who said art took a backseat to her career, but she picked it up after
retirement when she joined Barn Colony Artists (BCA).
Ken Moser says, “I retired from work and decided to learn how to create
Miguel Durban, who took up drawing at age 54 in his homeland, Spain, credits
BCA’s weekly instructional meetings with guiding him forward.
Information on the next exhibit is available at the Barn Colony opening. For
more information about the Barn Colony Artists, started in 1939, email
The August exhibit of works by LCA members is themed “Color Me Blue.”
Non-members may also show artworks in this exhibit by paying a small display
fee. Anyone interested in participating may contact Moses Pinkerton or Mitch
Douglas (630-890-1318) for more information.