Family finds creative means of self-expression through art
The fiber art Ruth Ann Molyneaux creates helps her connect with how women of even meager means throughout history have kept the arts alive through quilting.
The mosaics her daughter, Dr. Sara Fleming, builds make Fleming think about how the cells in the body can fit together under the microscope to form patterns that are visually identified as different disease processes.
The picture frames Molyneaux’s other daughter, Andrea Mahan, assembles from vintage jewelry, old buttons and pieces of this and that appeal to Mahan partly because they’re made of recycled materials.
Molyneaux, Fleming and her daughters, Bryn and Gwen, and Mahan and her daughter, Madeline, all of Rockford, will exhibit their artwork for the first time together in a community art show — “Mothers and Daughters: Art Across Generations” — at A Movable Feast starting during Spring ArtScene on April 17 and 18.
ArtScene is a visual arts “gallery” tour of local artists’ works at 41 venues and is organized by the Rockford Area Arts Council. The family’s works will be on display at the eatery through June 30.
Fleming, 41, a pathologist at SwedishAmerican Hospital, said in an e-mail that the women in her family sometimes work on their art when they’re together. “It’s a great way for the kids, moms and Grandma to stay close together,” she said. And Fleming hopes their exhibit will “inspire others to see the value and have appreciation of the creative process that mothers and daughters can share.”
Molyneaux is a retired library assistant who also makes collages. She said she believes “everyone has a creative spark, and we can offer this gift to the world.”
Mahan, 39, who also likes to dye and stamp clothes, works as an assistant to David Stocker and helps him promote the origins of drums and music in classrooms. She said she and her sister want to pass along enthusiasm for the arts to their daughters. “We’re empowering the next generation like our mom has done with us.”
Madeline Mahan, 3, creates abstract paintings, as does Gwen Fleming, 5. Bryn Fleming, 9, paints and sculpts.
Georgette Braun can be reached email@example.com.
If you go
What: Mothers and Daughters: Art Across Generations
When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, during Spring ArtScene; as well as an opening reception, which the artists will attend, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 18. The exhibit will remain through June 30 and is available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays
Where: A Movable Feast, 1641 N. Alpine Road, Rockford
Cost: Free, as is admission to ArtScene venues
Information: (815) 227-0102