• Artist Gabriella Torres Announces the Grand Re-Opening of the Grove

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    May 15, 2023

    Gabriella Torres announces the Grand Re-opening of the Grove


    Clinton, Iowa -  Just a year after the successful opening of The Grove in downtown Clinton’s Pocket Park located at 125 4th Avenue South, once again the park will be alive. This time with the fabulous artwork created by Harmony Eccles of Kansas City, Missouri..  Harmony is an abstract painter inspired by spiritual connectedness and beauty in nature. The exhibit which will open to the public on Sunday, June 4th and will exhibit twelve paintings  ranging in size from 4 foot to 10 feet tall. It will be an immersive experience able to be enjoyed by all ages. 


    “Back in September of 2021, I had the idea to create an “art forest” in Pocket Park, located at 125 Fourth Avenue South. My intention was to create a public art display where visitors would be able to walk through a forest of art for an intimate and immersive art experience. The display would be up for the months of June and July, be easily accessible, and free to the public.” said Gabriella Torres, Artist. 


    Like in 2022, this year’s The Grove will feature lights at night and be up until the fall. The art forest consists of 12 free-standing, beautifully crafted wood frames created by Tim and Charlie from Retired with Wood that hold 12 colorful, abstract pieces made on convertible canvas tops from Upholstery Unlimited. This year the frames will be sanded and restained. 


    Artist, Harmony Kurtz Eccles, was raised in Clinton, Iowa and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Working from her Kansas City studio, she creates work rich in symbolism and spiritual undertones. Her recent collection of paintings has been shown at the Lacke Farben Gallerie in Berlin, Germany.


    “This summer, I will be unveiling a “Connective Conversation” at The Grove. This series is an exploration of continuing a conversation on canvas that Gabi Torres began in 2022. These 12 artworks will explore the importance of listening, validation, understanding, and compassionate response. As the series progresses, I hope you will experience the celebration of overlapping story, the beauty in collaboration and the importance of connection and friendship in all stages of life,” said Harmony Kurtz Eccles


     Harmony finds inspiration in the beauty of nature and the interconnectedness of all things. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas, which allows her to express through the use of textured layering, color interaction, and compositional balance. 


    Through her art, she hopes to evoke an awakening of perspective and a gracious acceptance of the embracing hope that surrounds us. She believes paintings have the power to awaken our relationship to the natural world and to the deeper spiritual truths that exist within all of us. Harmony holds painting to be a reflection of her personal journey, her love for surrounding beauty, and her desire to create something deeply meaningful. 


    For more information on Gabi’s public art placemaking projects visit https://www.gbart.studio/  #####

    Gabriella Torres, Owner
    gabibirdartist@gmail.com, (319) 383-3634