Belting House, John Replinger, Architect

Last month my daughter Fraya and I drove past the Belting house on Brownfield Road, northeast of Urbana, Illinois. We were taking the scenic route back to Urbana from St. Joseph, where we had dropped off her husband for his long Sunday run. We pulled up in front of the house, placed well back from the road. A gate blocked passage to the curved gravel driveway. I had taken a photo several years back and was hoping to get a better shot. The house seemed more visible now, less obscured by trees and brush, and I set up to shoot over the gate.

Someone working in the yard 50 yards away looked up. She noticed our snooping and my camera. “I like your house,” I called out. “My father was the architect.”

She returned our greeting, dropped her work tools, and called out to a companion. I thought of the line from the Wizard of Oz: “That’s a horse of a different color. Come on in.” Elle and Rick swung open the gate, and we were soon learning how they chose to buy the house, what brought them to Urbana, how they were using the property. In turn, I provided some background on the original owner, Natalia Belting, a history professor who studied French Colonial period. The design of Belting’s house was inspired by the Pierre Menard House near Kaskaskia in southwest Illinois, which Dad visited, probably with my mom, brothers, and me in tow.

Elle and Rick graciously took us on a tour of their house and let us take a few photos.

Belting House, 1956
Urbana, Illinois

Rick and Elle, new owners

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40th Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition

This biennial exhibition is on display at the Figge Art Museum in downtown Davenport, Iowa, through May 20. The competition is open to artists living and working within 150 miles of Rock Island, Illinois.  Patricia McDonnell of Wichita, Kansas, was this year’s juror. She stated that she was looking for works that both demonstrated technical skill and made a statement. She chose nine award winners in disparate styles. This was her first-place ($1,000) winner, Grey Matter, by Glenn Bodish of Dixon, Illinois, oil on panel.

Glenn Bodish, Grey Matter

Stacey and I viewed the exhibit yesterday. Although Grey Matter was OK, showing some interesting scraping techniques, I came up with a largely different set of winners, focused on landscapes, mechanical objects, and a turtle. But my first-prize award would have gone to the fantastic and disturbing The Arrow Head Motel Triptych.

Tim Olson, The Arrowhead Motel Triptych, oil on panel

The Arrowhead Motel Triptych, detail

A group of high school students visiting the Quad Cities from Blue Earth, Minnesota, gave us the background on the inspiration for the modern piece, Robert Campin’s Annuciation Triptych. In the right panel of the original, Mary’s Joseph is working with his carpentry tools. Above, his counterpart is making meth (I think). Sheesh.

Here are my other winners:

Dick Dahlstrom, Coal Car, paint, wood, and plaster

Coal Car, another view

Jessica Gondek, Enterprising Machines, charcoal and pastel on print

Thomas Monahan, The Crossing, rosewood and stainless steel

Zaiga Thorson, Leelanau Cathedral, oil on panel

Fred Easker, Valley Afternoon, oil on canvas

Ellen Mueller Neil, Camouflaged Turtle, watercolor on paper

 

David Zahn, Art at the Airport

Our friend (and Stacey’s former teaching colleague) David Zahn is exhibiting his work at the Quad City International Airport the end of April. Zahn works in clay and bronze. Masterful oil paintings by Tilly Woodward, almost photographic in appearance, as well as work by other artists are on display as well.

Here are my favorites from Zahn’s collection.

Confluence
bronze
$24,500

Confluence (detail)

Matrix
ceramic
$1,850

Inception
bronze
$6,500

41st Annual High School Invitational, Quad City Arts

This exhibition at the Quad City Arts Gallery in downtown Rock Island features exemplary works of art selected by high school art teachers in the region. Stacey and her Moline High School colleagues submitted their own work and those of their students.

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Emily Menke, student prize winner, and Stacey

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Stacey Replinger, “Sounds Like Jazz to Me”

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Logan Hamilton

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Emily Lowman, “Yes, Those Are Real Pinecones,” 2nd place instructors’ division

John Gordon Replinger: The Art and Craft of Dwelling

This Friday, the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois will present an exhibition and program about three mid-century architects, including John Replinger. Here are the details:

Art Education and Vino Van Gogh

Stacey is in her 20-somethingth year as a high school art teacher. She is forever revamping her curriculum—throwing out what doesn’t work and bringing in new ideas from her reading in the pedagogy of art. One method often used in art is the recipe-driven approach in which the students combine art ingredients and copy a successful composition to produce acceptable, even beautiful, pieces. The commercially successful Vino Van Gogh uses this approach:

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Here is a sample of the kinds of images that participants might paint:

Vino Van Gogh

Of course, Stacey is doing more than that. She is asking her beginning and intermediate high school students to create their own art, in this case to illustrate a song. Here’s what she drew out last night  for “American Pie.”

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Zoe as Pauline in West Side Story

Daughter Zoe is performing her last show in the Quad Cities, at least for a while, this week. She plays a Jet girl, Pauline, in the Quad Cities Music Guild’s production of West Side Story. Although she has a small role in the ensemble, she’s enjoying her time working (playing) with several actors she’s appeared with before, notably Joseph and Noelle.

The Quad City Times recently published a portfolio of photos about the show, a few if which featured Zoe. The show runs through this weekend, July 12 through 16.

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Zoe Replinger, Illustration

Zoe is presenting a Powerpoint talk today. Here is the illustration she did.

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, for brothers to dwell together in unity!" Psalm 133:1, March 2017, Marker, 8 x 11 in.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is, for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1, March 2017, Marker, 8 x 11 in.

Dot Replinger’s Newest Fiber Art

Dot has recently produced a couple of new pieces. She created the first one by reassembling woven elements from wall hangings that she did years ago. The second piece is also a reworking of an older piece.

Dot Replinger, 2017, fiber, 12 x 36 in.

Dot Replinger, 2017, fiber, 12 x 36 in.

Dot Replinger, 2017, fiber, 24 x 24 in.

Dot Replinger, 2017, fiber, 24 x 24 in.

Museum Tour, Saint Louis Art Museum, Part 2, Abstract Paintings

This post continues recounting of our recent (over the last six months) visits to art museums.  This entry is the second about the art museum in St. Louis, which we visited in October 2016. The first describes landscapes; this second post focuses on another personal interest, abstracts. The paintings are ordered the date of their creation, from the 1930s to the 1980s.

I don’t know what the first piece is, but we had fun looking through it and taking pics of each other.

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Jean Helion (FR), Composition, 1933, oil Admirer of Mondrian explored the complexities of the curved form.

Jean Helion (FR), Composition, 1933, oil
Admirer of Mondrian explored the complexities of the curved form.

Piet Mondrian (NE), Composition of Red and White, NOM 1 / Composition no. 4 with red and blue, 1938-42, oil

Piet Mondrian (NE), Composition of Red and White, NOM 1 / Composition no. 4 with red and blue, 1938-42, oil

Emilio Vedova (IT), Factory, 1949, oil Inspired by the geometric forms of factories.

Emilio Vedova (IT), Factory, 1949, oil
Inspired by the geometric forms of factories.

Franz Kline (USA), Bethlehem, 1959-60, oil Named many of his abstract paintings after towns and counties in Pennsylvania.

Franz Kline (USA), Bethlehem, 1959-60, oil
Named many of his abstract paintings after towns and counties in Pennsylvania.

Gene Davis (ISA), Kenyatta, 1965-66, oil Title likely inspired by the name of first president of Kenya.

Gene Davis (ISA), Kenyatta, 1965-66, oil
Title likely inspired by the name of first president of Kenya.

Gerhard Richter (GE), title: January 1989, oil Created by dragging large squeegee spatulas across the canvas, applying new paint while scraping off old.

Gerhard Richter (GE), title: January 1989, oil
Created by dragging large squeegee spatulas across the canvas, applying new paint while scraping off old.

Gunther Forg (GE), Rivoli 1, 1989, oil

Gunther Forg (GE), Rivoli 1, 1989, oil