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  • Soft Weirdo

    works by Melissa Dadourian

    On view November 11 - December 8

    I make wall pieces, sculptures, uniforms and installations. The fiber and material structures I create are knit and dyed fabric abstractions. These wall collages maintain a passive-aggressive quality, where they dominate a space while equally revealing inconspicuous moments. Intrigued, at an early age, by the obsessive aspect of craft and "handiwork" I began by weaving potholders, making dollhouse furniture out of discarded household objects, and beds for tiny porcelain animals. Growing up in the 70's during the craft movement I was completely charmed by the act of crafting and I created a plethora of self-defined functional items. This skill and fascination lead me to study the history of women's work and domesticity.

    Reinterpreting abstract painting and countering a once male-dominated art form is this work’s intrinsic relevance. Studying the history of, and personally living within, the female condition is what empowers this work. The ephemeral quality of thread and fiber, the balance of form to color, the strength to expose or disappear, heightens the tension of these relationships.

    Melissa Dadourian is a Brooklyn based artist working in textile media, painting and sculpture. She received a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Combined Media and Painting from Hunter College. Dadourian has exhibited internationally and in New York. Recently Dadourian presented work at the University of Buffalo as well as Transmitter Gallery, the Textile Arts Center and Chashama in Brooklyn. Residencies include Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, The Textile Arts Center, the American Academy in Rome and the Citè Internationale des Artes in Paris.

    For inquiries and sales, please contact

    Hilary Nelson, Gallery Curator at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM


  • Strange Power

    work by Nicole McIntyre

    On view October 17- November 10

    Nicole McIntyre lives and works in Michigan. She received her MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2017, and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from Maharishi University in 2014. McIntyre is Gallery Director and curator at NX. IX Gallery in Hamtramck, Michigan.

    For inquiries and sales, please contact

    Hilary Nelson, Gallery Curator at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM

    Please join us for a closing reception with the artist on Saturday, October 19 in the cafe from 4pm - 6pm.


  • Stone Boat - Word and Image

    Works by Phillip Chen

    On view September 9 - October 13 

    Each print in the Stone Boat II lithographic series originated from a single word, a generative working title chosen to forward visual inquiry through a succession of varied image making processes: experimental drawing, model making, photography, predictive drawing, and printmaking. 

    Pavilion architecture activates the dialectics of inside/outside, embodying the bounded sentience of our half open, half closed state. From word to image and from origin to destination, the transitions of Stone Boat II propose that place is not a static concept. 

    As originally conceived, this lithographic series remains open and ongoing.  The inception of Stone Boat I occurred decades ago in Chicago, IL and led to the beginning of a subsequent series in Des Moines, IA.  

    This exhibition is the first public showing of Stone Boat II.

    Phillip Chen received his B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His prints have been exhibited in numerous locations nationally and internationally and are held in public collections that include Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. He has traveled extensively as a visiting artist and served as an evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Art Association, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His image making has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council, Louis B. Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the John Solomon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

    For inquiries and sales, please contact

    Hilary Nelson, Gallery Curator at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM

    Please join us for a closing reception with the artist on Sunday, October 13 in the cafe from 4pm - 6pm.


  • Grief Bonnets

    work by Allison Honeycutt

    On view August 5 - September 8

    Allison Honeycutt is a fine artist based in Los Angeles, California.She graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA  as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in studio art from Maharishi University in her home town of Fairfield, Iowa.

    Allison works in a variety of media most notably works on paper, fiber sculpture and installation. Her work is defined by taking pleasure in the imperfect; raw edges, tactility, a measure of levity and of the absurd.

    Working with fabric is a wonderful way to play with form and emptiness simultaneously and when creating wearable art you have the opportunity to fill your piece and let it move, or let it live as only an object like a discarded shell, beautiful and empty but telling the story of a life lived inside of it. 

    Origin Story of the Grief Bonnets:

        The first Grief Bonnet was one that I purchased on my way to the memorial service for my husband. I found it at the Lincoln Homestead State Park gift shop, and to me it was the perfect symbol of trying to experience grief while simultaneously trying to move through one's public life.

         I grew up and lived in a fairly small town in Southeastern Iowa. The best AND worst thing about this is that, when you walk through town, do your errands, shopping, go to work, etc.  you are constantly running into people who know you and who you know ( sometimes these are not the same people). Folks in small towns have less boundaries than folks in big cities, they’ve seen you grow up, or simply have seen you around and know your name and it gives a feeling of closeness and familiarity whether that feeling is mutual or even true. I couldn’t leave my house without someone coming up to console me, give me a sad  glance, or worst of all trap me in a one sided conversation about all the people they have known who have died the way my husband did and how terrible it was. Because of this I learned 2 main things: 

    1. Everyone grieves differently (some people really appreciate public consoling and engagement about their departed loved one, I do not). 

    2. People in our society have no idea how to deal with the grief of someone else, let alone their personal grief.

    So I started wearing my bonnet on the days when I had to go into town and I was barely holding it together and had no more energy left to engage in any sort of acknowledgement that someone I loved dearly had died. And it worked. The bonnet shielded me from making any accidental eye contact, my close friends knew if they saw me in my Grief Bonnet I needed my space, and everyone else probably just thought it was a bit weird and left me alone.

         I started making my own Grief Bonnets as part of my art practice quite recently in order to mull over this ever changing experience of grieving*, as well as to give form to this symbol of safety, protection, personal boundaries, an individual needs. I think a lot about how we grieve and how little we are taught about grieving until the death of a loved one is thrust upon us, and how lonely that can be. I now live in a large city and I no longer need my Grief Bonnet because city folks tend to keep to themselves more,  it is rare to run into someone you know unexpectedly, and I get overwhelmed by my grief much less than I used to. Although, since I have started to make the Grief Bonnets I have on occasion put them on in the privacy of my home and sat with the feeling of grief and felt safe and protected in my home-made prairie hat.

    * another thing I learned is, “moving on” does not have a timeline and honestly isn’t even a real thing… you just learn to live with your grief in different, hopefully less painful, ways.

    For inquiries and sales, please contact

    Hilary Nelson, Gallery Curator at TIMESCLUBGALLERY@PRAIRIELIGHTS.COM

    Please join us for a reception with the artist on Saturday September 7th in the cafe from 5pm - 7pm.