Barbara Toner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Bettendorf, Iowa, for more than 30 years. She discovered the lure of fused glass creation after her retirement, first dabbling in jewelry, then mosaics and plates, and finally coral and floriform bowls. She enjoys the process of putting together coral bowls because each bowl is a surprise and unique, and each floriform has a beauty all its own, depending on how it folds. Glass has become a passion for Ms. Toner, and she can't wait to see what it calls her to create next. Ms. Toner's work was selected as part of the Buchanan Center for the Arts 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition in 2016 and is available for purchase in the BCA gift shop.
A Peace of My Mind American Stories
January 14th - February 8th
OFTA: Wednesday, February 8th at 10am
GALLERY TALK: Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm
John Noltner is an award-winning photographer and author based in Minnesota. For more than 20 years he has told stories with images and words for national magazines, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. Noltner will share his experience of driving 40,000 miles across the United States exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time. This exhibition is in partnership with Monmouth College Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies.
Larry Davis: Abstracted Paintings in Oil & Cold Wax
January 24th - February 25th
Join us in the BCA gallery for an opening reception on Friday, January 27th 5-7pm to meet artist, Larry Davis. Davis, a native Iowan, grew up along the Mississippi River. After attaining a BA in Fine Art at the University of Iowa he completed a four-year tour with the USAF in England before returning to the Midwest to begin his professional arts career. In 1986, Davis moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he took a position at what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville, serving as both a full time Professor of Art and for many years as art department coordinator. During this time he finished his Masters Degree studies at Jacksonville University while also pursuing an active artistic output and exhibition schedule. Davis’ undergraduate art experience in the 1960s at the University of Iowa, as well as his graduate studies, left him with an appreciation for both realistic and abstracted art. While he still uses both approaches, the bulk of his current production is in oil/cold wax and focuses on the abstract.