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Fairfield artist tops En Plein Air field PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:05

Artists participating in the 9th Annual En Plein Air Competition in Corning on July 25-26 were Beppie Weiss, Pat Harding, Susan Baer, John Evans, Denice Peters, John Preston, Zack Jones, Diane Stoffel and Brian Brigham

The Corning Center for the Fine Arts (CCFA) hosted its 9th annual "En Plein Air” on July 25-26, and oil painter John Preston of Fairfield placed first with his “Davis St” [sic].

This juried competition showcased nine artists painting local scenery in and around the Corning area. En Plein Air is a term derived from the French, which literally means “in the open air.” It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios and into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was a revolutionary practice.

This year’s judge was Beppie Weiss of Iowa City, an artist who has painted at En Plein Air events around the country, winning many awards, and has attended all nine of Corning’s En Plein Air Festivals.

In selecting the prizewinners for the Corning En Plein Air Show, Weiss described to the audience the techniques that he looks for in plein air paintings including composition, color, subject matter, edges and values.

Placing second behind Preston was Zack Jones of Malvern in second place with “Cows on the Hillside” and John Evans of Richland in third place with “Acorn & Mustard.”

This year’s participants included Preston, Jones and Evans, along with Susan Baer of Chariton; Brian Brigham of Omaha, Neb.; Pat Harding of St. Joseph, Mo.; Denice Peters of Denison; Diane Stoffel of Underwood; and Weiss.

Brigham painted in Corning for the first time and made comment that he couldn’t believe all of the events and activities and that he will be back to paint next year.

The En Plein Air Exhibit will be on display at CCFA through Sept. 30. The Silent Auction Sale of past En Plein Air paintings is being conducted through homecoming. Visit the CCFA to make a bid on a favorite Adams County scene.

Walter family donates to sheep facility PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 15:36

SWV musician tours Europe with Iowa Ambassadors of Music PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:24


Southwest Valley High School student Elizabeth M. Fuller is part of a select group of 378 musicians, advisors and parents touring Europe with the Iowa Ambassadors of Music (IAM) July 3-18, 2014.

The 2014 tour is a 20-day event that included four days of rehearsal in Grinnell, with a farewell concert at Grinnell College on July 2. The Ambassadors then embarked on 16-day concert tour covering England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy and Liechtenstein. The students will perform in each country except Liechtenstein.

Iowa Ambassadors of Music tours Europe on alternate years. To be considered for membership in IAM, students must be recommended by their school music teachers as having superior music skills and possessing high character. After this initial recommendation, the students are contacted about the opportunity to participate in the tour. This year the students perform in either the 200-member band or 150-member choir on the tour. Southwest Valley vocal instructor Mindy Docker nominated Fuller to sing in the choir.

Being a member of the IAM tour means that through performance, the participants participate in a sharing of cultures. Most tourists visit and take from their experiences—the IAM also give. One of the highlights from past tours has been when the students realize the USA’s national march, the “Stars and Stripes Forever”, by John Philip Sousa, is a well-known and popular march in Europe. The choir’s opportunity to perform its selections in settings with over a thousand-year heritage gives the students a chance to add a new page in the cultural venue of Europe.

Dr. Morgan Jones, Professor Emeritus from the University of Iowa, conducts the IAM, and Peter Westphalen, of Cedar Rapids Washington High School, conducts the choir. Forty Iowa music teachers/musicians will assist in the musical preparation of the ensembles. The music teachers instruct the students during the rehearsals in Grinnell, perform in the ensembles next to the students, and serve as advisors on the tour.

The 2014 European tour is IAM’s fourteenth trip. Since the group was established in 1988, over 5,000 student musicians have delighted European audiences with their performances as Iowa Ambassadors of Music.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 13:26
Kinman crowned 2014 Fair Queen PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:32

Kelsie Kinman, center, of Corning was named the 2014 Adams County Fair Queen during a coronation ceremony held at the Fair Pavilion on July 11 to kick off the Adams County Fair. The field of candidates included (from left) Nichole Bashor, Taylor Damewood (first runner up), Kinman, Sydney Damewood (second runner up), and Jade Peterson. For a complete rundown of Fair activities, see the special “B” section of the July 24 edition of the Adams County Free Press. Photo by J. Wilson

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:34
Ambassadors salute Corning Winery PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:02


The Adams County Ambassadors paid a visit to the Floating Vine, the new tasting room at Corning Winery, owned by Barb Corey, during the June 20 Chamber Coffee. Pictured left to right are Dean Davis, Becky Rike, Ken Rummer, Corey, Saundra Leininger, Marilea Mullen, Adam Grundman, Beth Waddle, Nancy Turner and Burton Heaton. Photo by Wendi Boswell

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