in Light, Form and Color
Paintings and Etchings
The Wauconda Area Library,
known for its award-winning architecture providing a superb venue
for art display, is proud to present an exhibition by two
Domanico earned his BFA and MFA at the
Although both now reside in
Falstrom recently won an international competition titled “The
Healing Power of Art,” sponsored by Manhattan Arts International (
The Wauconda Area Library exhibition consists of twenty pieces in a variety of media, including canvas, wood and paper. The paintings and etchings range from quite small to large 6’ X 6’ works. The works, which complement each other, are intermingled, rather than grouped by artist. Despite this complementary relationship between the paintings, there are distinct stylistic differences.
Domanico’s work has been aptly described by Julianna Thibodeaux (NUVO Arts Review) as “…abstract, with random details of the primitive, hieroglyphic variety. Employing a background palette of a relative uniform color — applied in multiple layers, giving each painting welcome depth — Domanico adds faint forms... These images are either painted beneath the layer of color or laid down on top of it, and then covered lightly with a hazy wash. Either way, they are ephemeral, and lend a feathery air to the work.”
Mary Lee Pappas (NUVO Arts Review) states that "...Falstrom's work evokes a meditative peace bemused with fantasy...Her oil paintings and drawings are sublimely delightful. Her etchings are superb." Falstrom herself describes her artistic process: “Sometimes images appear, fully completed, as a visual flash seen by an inner eye. There is a sense of unwavering certainty of how the image must be and I set to creating it as if I am taking dictation from within. Many paintings are begun with no conscious idea or preexisting visual suggestion. I apply paint and move things around as if waiting for the painting to become a partner in a dance. At some point something happens and, again, I feel as if I am following detailed and precise inner directions. Every brushstroke is fully experienced and there is a sense of the inevitability of its expression exactly as it is formed. "
In addition to their painting careers, both artists are involved in
other creative endeavors.
Falstrom does murals, decorative painting and furniture
Domanico designs and builds custom furniture and woodworking for a
variety of commercial and private clients.
In fact, the pair met while working on a decorative painting
restoration project in
The exhibition runs from November 10, 2003 through June, 2004, and
may be viewed during regular
More information regarding the artists and the exhibition may be
found at the
Either artist may be contacted directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.