Art in the Marion Public Library

The Marion Public Library has a vibrant art collection, and we encourage you to explore and enjoy. We hope the information provided here will help you discover a part of the library you may not have known about before. We have walking tour brochures available in the library -- be sure to ask for one next time you are in and enjoy our collection in person!

You'll find our walking tour map reproduced at the bottom of this page. 


Bookworm (boy)Brochure Location #1
Title: Bookworm (boy)
Artist: Gary Price (American, b. 1955)
Object: Sculpture
Date: 1993
Medium: Bronze

A young boy is depicted standing and reading a book. The boy is wearing a short-sleeved collared shirt and pants with shoes. He is holding the book with both hands, and there is a stack of books at his feet that is nearly to his waist.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Louis Joseph Rosenbaum, April 28, 1951 - March 12, 1999, son of Suzanne Rosenbaum Katz and Elmer Rosenbaum; it was donated by Suzanne and Bert Katz and is located outside the south library entrance. This little reader is #1 on our walking tour brochure. 

Brochure Location #2
Title: Bookworm II (girl)
Artist: Gary Price (American, b. 1955)
Object: Sculpture
Date: 1995
Medium: Bronze

Bookworm II (girl)A young girl is depicted standing and holding an open book in her hands, with one hand at the top of the page, the other suppporting the book from below. The girl hs a long-sleeved turfleneck shirt and pants with shoes. Her hair is long and in a ponytail. At her feet, on one side, there is a stack of books nearly to her waist.

This piece, a companion piece to Bookworm (described immediately above), was given in honor of the children of Marion by the M.J. Murray Family.

Known for a wide array of sculpture subjects, Gary Price creates sculptures of children, wildlife, Native Americans, and bas reliefs of floral subjects. He is best known for images of young children. Price studied art at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. He attended the Utah Technical College in Provo, where he met and studied with sculptor Stan Johnson. His work with Johnson inspired Price to enroll at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and study painting, drawing, and anatomy. While he worked at the University on his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he continued to study under Johnson. Price has been elected to the National Sculpture Society in New York City, has won the Best of Show at the Scottsdale Artist's School, and has been featured in Southwest Art Magazine. Our Bookworm II sculpture is #2 on our walking tour brochure. 


Tumbleread1Brochure Location #3
Title: Tumbleread
Artist: Tom Aprile (American, 1953-2010)
Object: Sculpture
Date: July 1996
Medium: Mixed media: wood, cement, metal, ceramic, brick, and steel book ends

This suspended sculpture includes interlocking wood house-like shapes, metal bookends linked together, colorful squares, cement squares, letters linked together, and metal linked together. It is suspended from the ceiling at several points of contact.

Tom Aprile used the format of "memory chains" repeatedly in his assembled pieces that combine found objects with carefully crafted and carved elements. Aprile executed this sculpture specifically for the Marion Public Library. It is dedicated to the library's role in the Community of Marion, fostering learning, literacy, growth, tolerance, and creativity.

Three primary ideas are embodied in this work: the strength of community required to realize the construction of a new library, which is symbolized by the conected links of the chain; the library as pivotal to the community's citizens' literacy and growth; and Marion's long history as a hub of railroad activity.

Tumbleread2Accordingly, the fabricated "links" of Tumbleread feature some of the actual materials used in the library's construction: chain segments composed of brick and mortar, and those of tile, respectively, celebrate the physicality of the library's structure, underscoring the civic commitment fundamental to the library's existence. Additionally, the sculptor has welded together steel bookends from the Marion Carnegie Library, creating an abstract allusion to the past, on which the present instutiton has been founded.

Referring to the role of the railroad in the historical development of the City of Marion, parts of Tumbleread include railroad spikes that the artist has fashioned into yet another part of the chain. The contrast of these weathered iron links of the chain with vividly colored or hand-carved letters creates a dynamic sense of play within the entire piece.

The viewer is invited to form words by freely associating the various letters suspended from the chain. Aprile suggested the "READ," "DREAM," or "MARION" constitute just the beginning of a relevant list of words that could be composed with the letters of the chain. With the introduction of such word play, the artist gracefully brings full circle the conceptual goal of his piece, emphasizing the activity of reading as essential to the act of creating.

Aprile was a professor at the University of Iowa in the sculpture department.

This piece was commissioned by the Marion Arts Council in July 1996; funding was received from grants from CRST, McGrath Automotive Group, and the Marion Arts Council; it is located in the main entrance atrium. This fanciful sculpture is #3 on our walking tour brochure. 


BookweaveBrochure Location #4
Title: Bookweave

Artist: Julie McLaughlin (American, b. 1953)
Object: Fiber Art Sculpture
Date: 2007
Medium: Books and handmade paper

Torn paper is layered and woven among book spines and covers, depicting an abstract landscape. Colored book spines and book covers are visible between the layers and striations of paper. 

Julie McLaughlin was a costume designer for theater productions. She now creates sculpture corsets and other works out of books and handmade paper. 

This landscape sculpture was designed by the artist and created for the Marion Public Library in conjunction with the 2007 Marion Arts Festival "Art in the Depot" program. Scores of discarded library books were recycled for the project. The book covers, spines, and text pages were re-purposed. On festival day, community members were invited to help form the sheets of paper that were subsequently torn into strips and woven together by the artist in her studio. 

The sculpture is located in the library's Meeting Room A; it is #4 in our walking tour brochure. 


Spirit of AmericaBrochure Location #5
Title: Spirit of America
Artist: Pam Dennis (American, b. 1951)
Object: Sculpture
Date: 2002
Medium: Mixed media: clay, willow, copper, painted wood, sticks, colored electrical wire

This charming mixed media sculpture on a copper mesh grid includes painted wood stars, copper wire, and strips of copper arranged in a wave-like pattern. 

Pam Dennis and her partner, Ryk Weiss, create sculptures out of a variety of materials, including clay, willow, copper, and electrical wire. Based out of Ogden, Iowa, Pam and Ryk often integrate basket-making techniquest into large-scale sculptures. Their works can be found in many public sculpture collections, including numerous works in Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. 

With the help of volunteers from the Marion Arts Festival Steering Committee and members of the community, Pam created this 3D mixed media sculpture as a project for "Art in the Depot." (The main part of the 2-piece sculpture is currently in storage at Marion City Hall due to space limitations in the library.) This smaller piece was created with Karen Hoyt from remnants of the larger stored sculpture. 

Spirit of America is located on a wall in the Children's area of the library. This sculpture is #5 in our walking tour brochure. 


Story Boat
Brochure Location #6
Title: Story Boat
Artist: Amy Rundle (American, b. 1982)
Object: Sculpture
Date: 2012
Medium: Painted wood boat

This charming wooden boat is painted whimsically with depictions of stories and fairytales. 

Amy grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. She now lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband and three children. She became serious about her art in 2003. She is largely self-taught, but has learned a few skills from other artists who have crossed her path. Amy uses many types of media for her work, but prefers oil paints over all others. Amy's diverse skill set includes canvas paintings, works of art on clothing, and murals in children's rooms. 

Amy provided a "Guide for Fun with the Kids' Boat" when she donated this piece. Included on the boat for those dedicated to exploring are all letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 - 10. Amy encourages children to find groups of animals, find four birds, find four bugs, count how many eggs (and name the classic story attached to the nest), count how many water lilies, count how many fish (and name what kind of fish). She asks children to look for animals with antlers; to find an animal that is red, black, and white; and to find an animal that hops. She asks them to find an animal that hangs upside down.

Amy has painted stars on the boat and points out that the stars are constellations -- she encourages older children to find these constellations: Boots, Corvus, Leo, Pegasus, Ursa Minor, Draco, Hercules, Leo Minor, Virgo, Crater, Sextans, Ursa Major, Perseus, Cepheus, and Cygnus. 

Children can search for an amphibian and for a reptile. And she suggests they match the scientific names of the painted animals with their common names (picidae, cygnus, anura, mustelidae, tamias, procyon lotor, strigiformes, canidae, cervidae, leporidae, lepidoptera, chiroptera, diprotodontia, and mephitidae -- to be matched with fox, bat, owl, skunk, raccoon, opossum, chipmunk, badger, butterfly, frog, rabbit, swan, deer, and woodpecker. 

The boat itself, formerly a child's bed, was donated to the library for young children to play in; Amy offered to illustrate the boat for the library. The Story Boat is located near the Children's Desk and is #6 in our walking tour brochure. 


Anemone ClownfishBrochure Location #7
Title: Anemone Clownfish

Artist: Dr. Steven Jacobs (American, b. 1955)
Object: Photograph
Date: 2008
Medium: Photo on paper

A vibrantly colored photograph of a clownfish partially hidden among green anemone.

Dr. Steven Jacobs is an ophthalmologist at Iowa Eye Center in Cedar Rapids. He received his medical degree from the University of California in Los Angeles and completed his ophthalmology residence at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. Dr. Jacobs enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography.

This photograph was donated to the Marion Public Library by Dr.Jacobs in November 2009. It's located in the northwest corner of the children's area. It is piece #7 in our walking tour brochure. 


North Country FieldsBrochure Location #8
Title: North Country Fields
Artist: Fred Easker (American, b. 1944)

Object: Painting
Date: 1997
Medium: Oil on canvas with liner

Easker's lovely painting depicts a panoramic landscape in spring. The fields are plowed, but no crops are visible. There are farms and trees along the horizon. The sky is a soft pink at the horizon that gradually becomes a soft blue at the very top of the canvas. No clouds are visible. 

Fred Easker has lived and participated in the community for 25 years as an artist, teacher at Linn-Mar Community Schools, and Executive Director of the Granger House Museum

This painting was loaned to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in 1999 for an exhibition of works by Fred Easker entitled "An Iowa View: Paintings by Fred Easker." It's currently on display in the Children's area; it is #8 in our walking tour brochure. 


Story TimeBrochure Location #9
Title: Story Time

Artist: Karen Hoyt (American, b. 1950)
Object: Painting
Date: 2002
Medium: Pastel on paper

This fetching family portrait by Hoyt was donated by Susan Kling, former director of the Marion Public Library, in memory of her father, Victor F. Schaefer. 

It depicts a father seated in a chair reading a book to four girls. The youngest girl is blond and holding a doll, and is seated on the father's lap. There is a young girl with dark hair in a white dress with a ruffle at the hem, leaning against the arm rest of the chair, looking over the father's shoulder. There is a slightly older girl with dark hair standing behind the chair leaning in; she has a white shirt with a print jumper. Another girl with light brown hair leans on the left side of the chair; she is wearing a white dress with a button collar and has one hand clasping her wrist. The father is wearing a white shirt with blue jeans and a watch with a black wristband. 

They are in a corner with a low book shelf and lamp. Above the bookshelf is a framed print of a women in a large sun hat -- this is a print by local artist Jim Oches. There is a tall plant on the left side of the image with a window and white lace curtains behind it. The wall color is deep burgundy. 

Karen Hoyt received her BA and MA in Art Education at Iowa’s state universities and taught art at all levels from 1972-2007, primarily in the Linn-Mar and Marion Districts.  She has been a working artist and community volunteer for many years, often participating in visual art exhibitions and orchestrating large-scale art projects.  Hoyt also puts her grant writing skills to work on behalf of the City and Chamber, in order to enhance the quality of life in Marion.

This painting was commissioned by Susan and Bill Kling and their family. Local Marion artist Hoyt used old family photographs to create this representation of Susan's father reading to his four daughters. The painting is located at the Circulation desk side of the Children's area; it is #9 in our walking tour brochure. 


The Midnight ArrowBrochure Location #10
Title: The Midnight Arrow

Artist: Wendell Mohr (American, 1926-2008)
Object: Painting
Date: 1998
Medium: Watercolor on paper

A locomotive named "The Arrow" is depicted. The Arrow was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad in the early 1940s. The scene appears to be early morning or late evening; the train is coming from the right side of the image, and the train depot is visible on the left side. The scene is dark overall and lights are visible in the depot. The sky is in yellow with dark blue, green, and gray tones. Steam is visible from the engine, and sets of railroad tracks are visible in the foreground. 

Artist Mohr was born in 1926 in Eldridge, Iowa. In 1970, Mohr and his family moved to a two-story schoolhouse in Bentonsport, Iowa, which they restored. The building, constructed in 1868, provided a home and studio for Mohr.

Wendell studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Des Moines, Iowa Art Center. For 20 years Mohr worked as a graphic designer/illustrator for art studios, advertising agencies, and publishers. Mohr has exhibited at the Des Moines Art Center, Joslyn Municipal Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Mohr's paintings have been included in many national watercolor competitions. His paintings, prints, and drawings are included in a number of corporate and private collections. 

Mohr has taught art at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, and adult education classes and workshops througout the Midwest and the Southern United States. A resident of Keosauqua, Iowa, Mohr is the only Iowan holding a signature designation with the American Watercolor Society

The Midnight Arrow was a gift by Joyce and Howard Parks in memory of John B. and Nellie A. Fosdick; John, from Marion, was a locomotive engineer on the Arrow during the early 1940s. 

The painting is located near the door to the Friends sorting room and is #10 on our walking tour brochure. 


Storybook HorsesBrochure Location #11
Title: Storybook Horses

Artist: Ann Royer (American, b. 1933)
Object: Painting
Date: 1997
Medium: Charcoal on paper

This graceful work is an abstracted line drawing of two horses viewed from profile. The horses are in motion and facing each other. There is a strong black line just left of center and slightly angled between the horses. There is also a strong black line at the bottom on the left side, and three lighter lines at the bottom on the right side. 

Ann Royer studied at Colorado College and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her works have been included in numerous exhibitions and shows throughout her career. She currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

This painting is located in the library's Conference Room; it is #11 on our walking tour brochure. 


Squaw Creek Park: JuneBrochure Location #12
Title: Squaw Creek Park: June

Artist: Karen Hoyt (American, b. 1950)
Object: Triptych Painting
Date: 2003
Medium: Pastel over watercolor on paper

This triptych landscape is depicted in soft tones. It is a view of a field with a line of trees in the middle ground and additional trees on the horizon. The sky is blue and hazy with pinks and yellow tones at the horizon; the time of day appears to be at either dawn or dusk. 

Karen Hoyt received her BA and MA in Art Education at Iowa’s state universities and taught art at all levels from 1972-2007, primarily in the Linn-Mar and Marion Districts.  She has been a working artist and community volunteer for many years, often participating in visual art exhibitions and orchestrating large-scale art projects.  Hoyt also puts her grant writing skills to work on behalf of the City and Chamber, in order to enhance the quality of life in Marion.

This lovely series was donated to the library by Karen in 2011; it is located in the library's Conference Room and is #12 in the walking tour brochure. 


Seventh Avenue BridgeBrochure Location #13
Title: Seventh Avenue Bridge

Artist: Steve Malerich (American, b. 1957)
Object: Digital Print
Date: 2004
Medium: Photograph on paper

The railroad tracks are those that used to run through Marion, but were torn out a few months after Malerich took this photo The photo gets its name from the section between the guardrails visible just above the center and on the far right. This is the bridge where the tracks ran above Seventh Avenue, a few blocks west of the library. 

Steve Malerich's interest in photography began when he was young. He is an actuary by profession but has done freelance and amateur photography for the past 40 years. He occasionally enters photo contests: the photograph Seventh Avenue Bridge has taken first place twice. He resides in Marion. 

This photograph was donated to the Marion Public Library in 2006; it is located near the three public access catalog computers and the microfilm reader-printer; it is #13 in our walking tour brochure. 


Donnelly ParkBrochure Location #14
Title: Donnelly Park

Artist: Steve Malerich (American, b. 1957)
Object: Digital Print
Date: 2007
Medium: Photograph on paper

The "black background" in this photo is actually the deep blue of Dry Creek, maybe 30 feet downstream from the concrete viaduct in Donnelly Park, off of Eighth Avenue in Marion The wildflowers were in the bright early morning sun while the creek was still heavily shaded. 

Steve Malerich's interest in photography began when he was young. He is an actuary by profession but has done freelance and amateur photography for the past 40 years. He occasionally enters photo contests: the photograph listed just above, Seventh Avenue Bridge, has taken first place twice. He resides in Marion. 

This photograph was donated to the Marion Public Library in 2007; it is located near the three public access catalog computers and the microfilm reader-printer; it is #14 in our walking tour brochure. 


Bookworm WatercolorsBrochure Location #15
Title: Bookworm I and Bookworm II
Artist: Noma Lucas (American, b. 1931)
Object: Drawings
Date: 1999
Medium: Watercolor on paper

These two watercolors are drawings of the two bronze sculptures (Bookworm and Bookworm II, Brochure Locations #1 and #2) described above and created by Gary Price. The paintings of the statues were done as a plein air event during her term on the Marion Arts Council

Noma Lucas began her art education with a correspondence course through Art Instruction, Inc. She continued her art studies through self-study, classes, and workshops.

Noma has enjoyed teaching locally for over 20 years, helping individiduals develop and advance their art for pleasure and profit. She finds it gratifying to be able to do that and has feels she has learned more than her students.

Noma works in several media and enjoys experimenting and attempting various subjects. Noma belongs to the local Creative Artists of Iowa, the Iowa Pastel Society, Iowa Artists, and is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society. She is a former member of the Marion Arts Council. Her oil painting, Reflections, was included in the 1990 edition of Best of Oil Painting, published by Rockport. 

The two Bookworm watercolors are located in the alcove near the large print collection on the west side of the building; they are #15 in our walking tour brochure. 


Flute and GuitarBrochure Location #16
Title: Flute and Guitar
Artist: Peter Thompson (American, b. 1958)
Object: Painting
Date: 1998
Medium: Oil on canvas

Local musicians Jan Boland and John Dowdall (now of Red Cedar Music) are depicted. Jan, on the left, plays a flute. She faces the viewer with her head turned to her left in profile. She has shoulder-length brown hair that is blowing in the wind, and is wearing a short-sleeved pink floral-on-black print dress. John, on the right of the canvas, plays a guitar. He has a red long-sleeved collared shirt. He is wearing gold-rimmed glasses and has short dark hair. He is in profile facing the left of the image. There is a microphone between the two musicians. The reference photo for the painting was taken at an outdoor performance at Brucemore. The background elements are the windows of an outbuilding. 

Peter Thompson earned his BA, MA, and MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1986. Thompson spent six years teaching at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. He returned to Iowa in 1993 to join the faculty of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where he teaches painting and digital art. Thompson is the current Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art and a department chair at Coe.

The Marion Public Library's Art Acquisition Committee purchased this painting through Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion in 1998. It is located in the southwest corner of the main stacks in the library and is #16 in our walking tour brochure. 


Bues MenBrochure Location #17
Title: Blues Men
Artist: Peter Thompson (American, b. 1958)
Object: Painting
Date: 1998
Medium: Oil on canvas

Local musicians Merrill Miller and Bryce Janey are depicted in profile. Janey, in the foreground, is facing to the left and is wearing a short-sleeved collared white shirt with brown pants. He has short light brown hair. He is seated and is playing guitar. Miller, in the background, is depicted with gold, wire-rimmed glasses and dark brown hair with sideburns. He is wearing a short-sleeved yellow patterned shirt and appears to be playing a harmonica. There is a pair of microphones on the left side of the painting. Blues Men is an outdoor scene. The two musicians were performing at City Square Park in Marion; artist Thompson remembers that it was a daytime event, and that the background was likely the other side of 7th Avenue.

Peter Thompson earned his BA, MA, and MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1986. Thompson spent six years teaching at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. He returned to Iowa in 1993 to join the faculty of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, where he teaches painting and digital art. Thompson is the current Marvin D. Cone Professor of Art and a department chair at Coe.

The Marion Public Library's Art Acquisition Committee purchased this painting through Campbell Steele Gallery in Marion in 1998. It is located in the southwest corner of the main stacks in the library and is #17 in our walking tour brochure. 


Marion Old Depot #281Brochure Location #18
Title: Marion Old Depot #281
Artist: Francis Gilchrist-Renfer
Object: Painting
Date: 1989?
Medium: Limited edition print on paper

This is a depiction of the old Marion railroad depot, a brick building with the name "Marion" above the first floor windows. The porch and entrance is on the right side and there is a tree on the right side at the edge of the paper. There are additional buildings on the left side of the image, and grass in the foreground. 

Marion Old Depot was one of four paintings commissioned by Farmers State Bank of Marion historical buildings. The bank made prints of the pictures and gave them as incentives to people who opened up bank accounts; the Marion Depot Committee sold prints to help pay for moving and reconstructing the depot pavilion in Marion Square Park.

Renfer lives in Marion and has taught art in the Linn Mar schools for over 40 years. Her father and father-in-law were well-known local businessmen. Her father purchased the building that now houses the Marion Heritage Center in the ‘60s, and it was an auto parts store for many years. Her father-in-law is Irwin Renfer; he was the founder and owner of Irwin's' Clothing Store until his retirement. Frances, also known as Fuf, is a volunteer on the Marion Arts Council at Lowe Park. She still paints and teaches in the community.

Marion Old Depot is currently located on the south wall of the library near the local history area; it is #18 in our walking tour brochure. 


Rock the HouseBrochure Location #19
Title: Rock the House
Artist: Kimberlee Rocca (American, b. 1970)
Object: Print
Date: 2009
Medium: Foil stamping

This description of the piece has been provided by artist Rocca:
Spirituality and holiness is often perceived as strong, orderly, calm, methodical, dependable and much more, and rightly so. I believe it is a deep desire of the soul to radiate an inner peace that resonates on the exterior making visible the humility required to exercise grace. But, there are always those whose mere existence flies in the face of the norm. The vertical row of four boxes and circles represent the strength of the core of the faithful who are protected by an almost invisible eternal sphere, lit on the inside with the blue of revelation, protected by the fire that burns away all the cares of this life and planted firmly in the grass of life drawing from the river.
 
But moving in the river is the evangelist who has been given an added inner strength of a different kind represented by the box inside the circle surrounding the blue of revelation. The soul seeker has the tenacity to fish and with a life raft he is aiding in the rescue of lost souls, igniting their inner spirit, and directing them to learn and grow in the spring grass.
 
Some come to the revelation of their significance through an evangelist, but others discover the call from the knocks of life. The three remaining souls in the river have struggled, are deeply wounded and marred. They will not come from the call of a mere man, they are moved by the power that resides in the deep healing of the waters. They reach for the rescue ladder and make their way to the shores of life and the house with a family that awaits them. The “House” is the “Rock.”
 
Kimberlee Rocca is a pioneer in the art technique of Foil Imaging. Born in New Jersey and raised in Iowa, Kimberlee Rocca studied Design, Printmaking, and Fiber Arts at The University of Iowa before earning her BFA in Metal Smithing in 1991. During her studies, Rocca was introduced to Foil Imaging, a unique process which combines traditional printmaking techniques with commercial foil stamping processes. She has spent the last 20 years exploring this incredibly seductive medium. 

Her technique discoveries and artistic contributions have been published in the first book ever written about the process, Foil Imaging: A New Art FormHer two-dimensional works and sculptural installations are included in collections of The University of Iowa, The University of Missouri St. Louis, and Kirkwood Community College. 

In addition to her studio work she designs custom home plans in the Iowa City area with unique architectural features, sculptural elements and mosaic installations. Her custom home portfolio can be seen at www.roccacustomhomes.com.

This print was presented to the library by the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and the Marion Public Library Foundation in honor of Susan Kling, Library Director from 1987-2011, upon her retirement. It is located near the reserve shelves in the Circulation Desk area and is #19 in our walking tour brochure. 


Fusion RealmBrochure Location #20
Title: Fusion Realm
Artist: Kimberlee Rocca (American, b. 1970)
Object: Print
Date: 2009
Medium: Foil stamping

This description of the piece has been provided by the artist: 
I have been amazed and blessed by the ability of people to capitalize on the concept of fusion. I think most of us do so without even realizing. In my work as a home builder I work with couples and families to fuse all of their ideas to make the perfect dream home; his ideas, her ideas, kids’ ideas, family lifestyle, tastes, budgets and dreams. The biggest surprise to people is that the culmination of all of their ideas, dreams and personalities makes a richer fabric to the final product rather than a mish mash of competing designs. It takes careful consideration of the strengths of each idea to blend them, but ultimately they see themselves and each other in the home.
 
This concept comes through not only in homes, but in groups of people, friendships, families, working environments, nations and spiritual houses. The diversity dynamic is both challenging and rewarding, all the while blending each individual’s unique qualities. The Fusion Realm is where all of this takes place. It is everyday all around us. We may be with like-minded people to be encouraged and grow strong, but we are surrounded by the stimulation of new ideas in both exciting and sometimes trying ways. To know who we are also means to know who we are not. Transformation is our journey of life, from glory to glory through the sharpening of our sensitivities to what makes us who we are.
 
Kimberlee Rocca is a pioneer in the art technique of Foil Imaging. Born in New Jersey and raised in Iowa, Kimberlee Rocca studied Design, Printmaking, and Fiber Arts at The University of Iowa before earning her BFA in Metal Smithing in 1991. During her studies, Rocca was introduced to Foil Imaging, a unique process which combines traditional printmaking techniques with commercial foil stamping processes. She has spent the last 20 years exploring this incredibly seductive medium. 

Her technique discoveries and artistic contributions have been published in the first book ever written about the process, Foil Imaging: A New Art FormHer two-dimensional works and sculptural installations are included in collections of The University of Iowa, The University of Missouri St. Louis, and Kirkwood Community College. 

In addition to her studio work she designs custom home plans in the Iowa City area with unique architectural features, sculptural elements and mosaic installations. Her custom home portfolio can be seen at www.roccacustomhomes.com.

This print was presented to the library by the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and the Marion Public Library Foundation in honor of Susan Kling, Library Director from 1987-2011, upon her retirement. It is located above the book return in the Circulation Desk area and is #20 in our walking tour brochure. 


Here is the map for our walking tour with our art pieces indicated by number. 

Walking Tour Map