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Review: 6th Annual IDADA Members Exhibition



3 stars

Gallery 924 at the Arts Council. The 6th annual Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) exhibition highlights a small sampling of members' works – leaning heavily towards painting – and represents some of Indy's most established artists. Juror Rowley Kennerk selected 13 works out of 35 entries and recognized artists with approaches, "from a folk regionalism to contemporary abstraction." Kennerk, a native Hoosier, resides in Chicago and operates his own gallery in the West Loop.Winning top honors was Julia Zollman Wickes for her intimate oil "Cairo Rooftops," which captured the form and spirit of the domed Egyptian buildings through loose, colorful applications of paint that seemed to effortlessly fall into place. Bright, energetic and expressionistic, the abstract "Getting out of my Comfort Zone" won Lidia Stecher second place. Mary Lou Dooley Waller's "Variation on a Swiss Army Knife" collage of cut, painted paper mimicked the movement of a blade with polished whimsy. "Oracle" by Ellie Siskind, well known for her portraiture, frames the stoical face of a woman with laurel leaves as she cups a coffee mug decorated with a house and landscape motif. Could her drink be a portal to prophecy? Conceptually interesting, Jerry Mannell's "Heartland" painting leads one to imagine contemplating in the chair he places in a landscape of corn and silos. Works on view are competent, but where is the edgy, quirky, knock-your-socks-off art? Through Nov. 26; 631-3301,,


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