With his father a painter and college professor of art, Scott Kaven, our June Artist of the Month, grew up in the Des Moines area with art all around him. Scott went to Grand View University, graduating with a major in Fine Arts and Design. Today, his days are spent working on commercials, music videos, and movies. His nights are for creating works of art on a more classical level. The overlapping of the technical and fine arts is blended every day and night. Each multimedia painting tells a story and has a reason. Every show is inspired by the people he meets and deals with everyday, many times painting a stylized portrait of the very person who commisions the piece or requests a show. "Art is our candy, says Scott, "eat alot of it." See his work in Weertz Fellowship Hall.
Bonnie Flora, a former Des Moines artist now living in Nashville, Tennessee is St. John's Artist of the Month for May. The rolling farmlands of Iowa and the high plains of South Dakota are among her favorite painting subjects. This painting of a wind generator is one of several in a series entitled, "Sowing the Wind." Flora says she has loved the graceful lines of the wind farms in northern Iowa since the first time she saw them. "I was happy knowing there are new "crops" growing in Iowa---ones which provide a different "green" but are as lovely to look at in their rhythmic motion as the waving fields of corn in late summer," say Flora. Don't miss seeing her work in Weertz Fellowship Hall.
Jim Saylor is a name quickly recognized by many art affectionados in central Iowa as well as around the world. And you can see his work on display here at St. John’s during the month of April. The majority of the pieces in his show are from what has come to be known as the Garden Series, a group of some 200 paintings and prints done from 1980-2004. The works are the last of this series available for public acquisition. Don’t miss Jim’s work on display in Weertz Fellowship Hall.
A native of southern Michigan, Sus Sweitzer moved to Iowa in 1976. Her paintings hang in businesses in Des Moines and Michigan. In 2009 she conceived the idea of painting a garden of flowers as a way to honor and hold in memory her sister, Pat, an avid gardener who died of cancer. See Sus’ "Garden of Flower" paintings on display in Weertz Fellowship Hall.
Mary Muller, a highly-recognized Des Moines’ artist and painting instructor, is exhibiting her work at St. John’s during the month of February. For years Mary specialized in painting landscapes in watercolor . However, her current exhibit represents the largest portion of her painting in the last 10 years---oil portraiture. Mary says every face is different and presents an opportunity to express something she sees in the character and identity of the model. See Mary’s work in Weertz Fellowship Hall.