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September 3, 2014

By Sarah Brown, The Creston News Advertiser, Iowa

Sept. 03--"That boy just ain't right."

That's what artist Chris Coke said he commonly heard throughout his life -- from friends, family and strangers -- from childhood into adulthood.

And, Coke's mixed media show at Creston:Arts gallery this month reflects this theme of being different.


It was one year ago Coke decided he was going to take the ideas brewing in his head and put them on display at Creston:Arts gallery.

"I wanted to do a show that is about me," Coke said. "About my process. All this ... that made me weird."

Coke said each piece of art is in the show for a reason and their placement was carefully selected.

"Even the food will be set up a certain way," Coke said. "I know it doesn't mean anything to anyone, but there is a pattern that I know is there."

One installation, titled "Migration Line," runs the walls of the entire gallery is made up of 16 panels that measure a combined 840 inches. Coke said he is not a fan of birds, but is fascinated by patterns found in migration lines.

Other work in the gallery Coke created includes wooden sculptural pieces, a mixed media carpet portrait, images created with igniting gun powder and curious three-dimensional projects featuring patterns and layers created from found objects.

Each display is so different from the next, yet, each tells their own story and gives you a glimpse inside the mind of the artist.

First Friday

Creston:Arts is hosting an artist's reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to launch Coke's month-long exhibit at Creston:Arts Gallery, located on the first floor of Creston's Restored Depot, 116 W. Adams St.

After the reception, Creston:Arts welcomes musicians, poets, and performers for open mic night 8 p.m. at Adams Street Espresso, 213 W. Adams St.

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