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"Intuition" By Artist Madalyn Vorrie Kicks Off With Opening Reception

Our opening reception for the exhibit "Intuition" by artist Madalyn Vorrie was a success. THANK YOU! to all who came out to celebrate our November exhibit and artist. It was a fun night.

I took a few photos here:

Press release:

The Charles City Arts Center will exhibit ceramic sculptures by artist Madalyn Vorrie in a November exhibit titled “Intuition”. The exhibit will kick off with an opening reception sponsored by Tellurian Brewing on Friday, November 3rd from 5-7PM at the Arts Center.

Intuition is a collection of “alien flower” sculptures that the Des Moines native created as she attempted to find peace after a pregnancy loss. The exhibit is in honor of her son Jayce Thomas Vorrie.

“My process of creating sculptures reflected my hope, joy, and grief during and after my pregnancies. It was very therapeutic to sculpt my “alien flower” forms. I used contrasting forms, such as spikes and ruffles, to describe the conflicting feelings I experienced during my healing journey. I counted on my intuitive process to express my experiences in the movement, gesture, texture, and color of my sculptures.”

The overall theme of the work in the exhibit is that life is beautiful, but very complex. Vorrie considers the idea of beauty also being dangerous interesting and works to express that feeling in the work she creates.

“I use contrasts between dangerous and protective elements in my sculptures, such as spikes or sharp forms; the more elegant areas of my sculptures usually include ruffles, seedpods, and flower forms.”

Vorrie earned her BFA in ceramics and BA in art education-painting from UNI and currently teaches art at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows high school. Teaching helps to inform the work she creates.

“Teaching helps me understand others and their feelings, as it helps me to understand and express my own feelings. My artwork is abstract and expressive. Students create and say things all the time which helps inspire my work.

The artist hopes the people who come see the exhibit will walk away with a greater awareness of pregnancy loss and hopefully be better equipped to discuss that, With the hope that they might find healing in the process.

The Charles City Arts Center is located at 301 N Jackson Street across from Central Park. For more information call 641-228-6284 or email


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