Artist greets Charles City patrons at CCAC

By James Grob,

Artist Autumn Rozario Hall was the guest of honor Friday at the first reception at the Charles City Arts Center of 2019.

Hall’s exhibit of paintings and mixed media will be on display through the month of February, as “Moments of Wonder” is the theme.

Hall, who set up at the CCAC Friday morning, said she has a couple of new pieces in the exhibit of which she is particularly proud.

“I really pushed the mixed media,” she said. “I feel like I a got a good balance of mixed media interest, but also painterly interest. I don’t want to ignore the painting aspect by just cramming stuff into it. I want it to be cohesive, so I think I balanced it.”

Hall greeted the public with her husband, Kyle, and their son Rowan. She works in acrylic, oil, and mixed media as well as incorporating found objects such as bones, laces, wings and vintage book pages.

She said she was pleased with the turnout of Charles City art patrons on Friday.

“The arts center here is beautiful. I really like that it’s in the old Carnegie-type style building,” she said. “It’s been nice. Everyone has been really friendly.”

Hall lives in Des Moines and works from her home studio. She had her first solo exhibition in 2014, and has since participated in group shows in several states, including California, Maryland, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, and one international show in Portugal. She also participates in community art projects, and is a member of the Urbandale Art Gallery Committee. Her work explores folklore and “human connectivity to nature.”

She grew up in Burlington and attended college at Northern Iowa, where she achieved her Bachelors of Art in the spring 2013, with a dual emphasis in painting and drawing.

“I enjoy painting and use the visual medium to communicate effectively,” she said. “My art deals with the relationship between people and nature and how this relationship affects identity. I usually use folklore and faerie motifs to express these themes.”

Hall was among the artists whose work was on display at the 2018 Artafest in Charles City, and a mutual friend introduced her to CCAC Director Jacqueline Davidson.

“There was an intern we had here a year ago, and she keyed me in to Autumn, and said we had to get her in here, so we were finally able to work that out,” Davidson said.

Much of Hall’s work is available to look at on her Facebook Page, “Whispers of Autumn,” but as she said, her art is much more impressive seen live and up close than on a computer screen. She encourages people to stop down and experience it.

The CCAC is open to the public from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.