by Ken Allsup
November 6, 2021
Oskaloosa, Iowa – Art in Oskaloosa has been on full display as fall leads to winter.
The professional season at the George Daily Auditorium also supports the performing arts for young people with area schools and various theater camps.
There’s also the year-round sculpture exhibit around the community, and Art on the Square is one of the biggest downtown events during the summer months.
At William Penn University, they hosted an artists’ conference with Brian Alves, who had completed a 10-day residency in their multimedia lab.
At the Oskaloosa Art Center, they celebrated the work of Jenny Sammons with her opening reception, “The End of Sorrow”.
Sammons said of his show, which features works created in recent years: “The work is a representation of the joy that can be experienced through hardship, and an outcry for the end of sorry, the end of the division and the beginning of more love on the planet.
Inside the Penn Central Mall, a new art gallery has opened for the season, and if all goes well, further into the future.
The gallery currently displays two and three-dimensional works of art by local and international artists, most of which are for sale.
Julie Ver Steegh is one of the local artists whose work is on display and available for purchase.
Ver Steegh studied art in college and was a certified teacher. After that, she took a job at a local company as a graphic designer. However, she continues to love creating art in her spare time and was thrilled to have the opportunity to share this in a gallery.
“I don’t want to just hang it on my walls at home, so it’s nice to have the experience, the opportunity to share that.” Ver Steegh added, “I have people I’ve known for 20 years or more, and they say, Oh, I didn’t know you did that. It is therefore a good opportunity to share my work and my skills.
Vera Babich, who spearheads the project, says the idea of the gallery has been on her mind for some time. “So with the support of Penn Central Mall and knowing so many artists here in the community, I thought this would be a great opportunity for people to show off their art.”
Babich was quick to thank various entities and people in the community for their support of the project.
The gallery is an extension of the many other art exhibitions around the community, but allows people to find and purchase art on a set schedule.
You can visit the Envision Art Gallery inside the Penn Central Mall Monday through Saturday 11:30 am to 6 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm.
You can also find them on Facebook HERE – https://www.facebook.com/Envision-Art-Gallery-105851551896247
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