By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — Decorated in a holiday theme, the River Arts Center, 229 Fifth Ave. South, is filled with paintings, wood carvings, mixed media, figurines, photographs and other pieces created by Clinton Art Association members.
The center's annual show will run from now until Dec. 29, displaying artwork from 20 members. A public reception will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday during the Downtown Holiday Open House.
Amy Nielsen loves displaying her mixed media pieces at the center. She teaches calligraphy at St. Ambrose University, Figge Art Museum and the River Arts Center. She learned about the association and the gallery through another art group she is in.
"I thought, 'This is the best-kept secret in our area for an art hub,'" Nielsen said.
She added that the center houses a great collection of artwork. Upstairs, classes and other instruction is offered.
The show will feature some unique pieces, including small figurines by Lanie Lass and wood work by Mark Vilmont. Lass is displaying sketches and her figurines. The figurines feature people sitting in front of photographs of Clinton taken by Lass.
"It's hopefully things that people will enjoy owning," Lass said.
While Vilmont has worked with wood for 27 years, this is his first time to exhibit artwork at the River Arts Center. He knows many of the association's members and said he decided it was time to join.
People can also view and purchase jewelry, pottery, glass work and other artwork in the gallery's gift shop. The River Arts Center gallery and gift shop are open from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.