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Portrait of Maquoketa is coming to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, October 27, 2012 through January 20, 2013. Opening night is Thursday, November 1, 6 to 9 pm with a presentation by Rose Frantzen at 7 pm and a portrait demo Saturday, Nov. 3, 12:30-4:30 pm.
This new installation includes a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa by Rose as she completes her full vision for this portrait of her town. The landscape is broken up on 34 vertical panels suspended from the ceiling and arranged in such a way that when a visitor sits at one end of the installation, all of the panels coalesce into a unified view of Maquoketa as seen from the hills outside of town. On the other side of the landscape panels all 180 portraits that Rose painted of her townspeople are displayed. The Figge show also features a new voice and music piece composed by Rose's brother, composer John Frantzen inspired by and incorporating the voices of those whose portraits were painted.
In 2005/2006, Rose Frantzen invited anyone in town to sit for a portrait from life. All of the portraits that she painted for Portrait of Maquoketa were on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. from November 6, 2009 through July 5, 2010. The National Portrait Gallery has posted a video of Rose's Gallery360 talk given at the exhibition in DC, on April 24, 2010.
Old City Hall Gallery, 121 South Olive in Maquoketa, Iowa, features the work of husband and wife artists, Charles Morris and Rose Frantzen, along with photography by Rose's father, Wayne Frantzen and pottery by Sylvia March. Maquoketa is half-way between the Quad Cities and Dubuque, in eastern Iowa, half an hour from the Mississippi River and from Interstate 80.
Portrait of Rose Frantzen in her Studio, 24x24" oil, by Charles Morris
All images, text, and design © 2009 Old City Hall Gallery