QUINCY — The John Wood Community College Heath Center Art Gallery will be the site of artwork by Amanda Brown-DeClue until March 25.
Brown-DeClue is originally from Camdenton, Missouri, and now lives in Quincy and works for the Quincy Art Center as an administrative assistant and coordinator of the Beaux Arts Ball and volunteers. His work was recently exhibited and awarded at the Hannibal (Mo.) Arts Council. She is also one of 11 artists selected to have their works printed and displayed on sign boxes around Hannibal. His signal box can be seen at the 1700 block of the market across from Eugene Field Elementary School. His works have also been exhibited at the Alliance Art Gallery in Hannibal and the Quincy Art Center.
Most of his pieces are realistic paintings, composed mainly of landscapes done in dry pastel. The subject is places she’s been to that she has fond memories of. His collection also includes abstract works with faded backgrounds that support intricate geometric designs. She has extended the use of these designs as graphic designs due to the rich pattern and texture they have.
“My love for creating realistic artwork correlates with my love of travel and documenting those travels with photography,” Brown-DeClue said in a press release. “I use my own photos as references to create my works. It allows me to connect with the viewer and talk about my travels. When I create abstract art, it gives me a nice respite from the realistic side of painting. Art. Abstract pieces challenge me differently, as I have to use my imagination rather than drawing from nature or a photograph. Both styles are beneficial to my growth as an artist.
Brown-DeClue also sells jewelry and other products featuring her artwork online through Zazzle. Follow her on Facebook at AmandaStudioCreations.
Most of the pieces will be for sale. The college keeps a portion of each sale to enhance the JWCC arts education program through the Foundation office.
The JWCC Heath Center Art Gallery is on 48th and Harrison on the lower level of the Paul Heath Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open during normal college hours Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.
To learn more about fine arts programs at JWCC, visit www.jwcc.edu. For more information about the exhibition, contact Jenna Seaborn, Curator of the JWCC Heath Center Art Gallery, at [email protected] or 217-653-3246.