Dordt College News

‘Prolonged Tranquility’ at campus gallery

November 7, 2004

Paintings and prints by an Orange City artist, Elinor Noteboom, will be on display at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery Nov. 8 through Dec. 5, with an artist reception on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Noteboom Art

“Prolonged Tranquility” was created as a response to a Zen garden Noteboom once toured in Kyoto, Japan. After returning to Northwest Iowa, Noteboom said she came to realize the close connection between the farmer’s manicured fields and the Japanese gardener’s special world of carefully raked stone spaces.

“In some mysterious way, both evoke a kind of holistic interaction between mind and eye, which relax the body and refresh the spirit,” said Noteboom. After contemplating, reading, and photographing Midwestern farmland on foot, and from car, plane, and balloon, Noteboom began experimenting with art styles, linear patterns and palettes to create the stylized fields that make up this exhibit. Noteboom’s intent with “Prolonged Tranquility” is to create a meditative atmosphere of stillness and simplicity, offered to viewers as a restful surround.

Noteboom earned her art education degree at Northwestern College and has taken graduate degree courses in printmaking from the University of South Dakota. She is active as a painter, printmaker, liturgical designer and is the author of numerous articles on screenprinting and printmaking.

Noteboom will also present a talk about her exhibit on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the free exhibit, reception and artist’s talk. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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