Art Gallery

Featuring Local Artists: David Riecks and Phil Strang

Art Gallery Reception: September 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm in the Flatlander Classroom

David Riecks's "Dark Skies"

Zen Garden by David Riecks

Elite Diner by David Riecks

Corn by David Riecks

David Riecks's Artist Statement:

I had lost the sense of wonder in my photography. I'd become disillusioned with the mostly commercial photography I was doing in the late 1980's. I could predict what the final images would look like when I pressed the shutter, and was looking for a way to shake that up. Perhaps, by increasing the degree of difficulty, I would find more surprises? — and then a 100 foot roll of black and white, high speed infrared film fell in my lap.

For those who are not aware, infrared images don't deal with the visible spectrum, they are beyond the range of light visible to the human eye. So images made with infrared film lie, in that they don't exactly record what you see. What if I could use this to make the camera reveal what wasn't there?

Infrared film infuses photos with a dreamlike diffused glow known as the "Wood Effect," an effect mainly caused by foliage reflecting in the way visible light reflects off snow. Skies turn dark, shadows and reflections of the skies in water recede; and clouds pop. This look transcends and transports the viewer into another world; a realm between abstract and reality. Using a #25 deep red filter makes it's difficult to see through the viewfinder — so you concentrate on form and shape, and make a wish. Surprises were few and far between; but successful images lept out from the contact sheet.

The photographs in this collection were taken over a 20 year period as I traveled the United States and several countries. I hope you find a few surprises.

To purchase David's work please email him:


Phil Strang's "Avoiding the Apocalypse"

Avoiding the Apolcalypse by Phil Strang

Lost Paradise by Phil Strang

Between Heaven and Hell by Phil Strang

Phil Strang's Artist Statement:

Although I still paint on glass I have been experimenting much more with abstracts on canvases that I texture with modeling paste first. As I have slowly been losing my vision inmy left eye I have been counting on my inner sight to help with my painting, getting visuals from inside my head as well, from outside the normal color wheel and patterns. Constantly exploring new ideas and techniques, using energy and inspiration as my muses.

I have been working on a series in which I have named, "Avoiding the Apocalypse".

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Common Ground strives to be the center of a vibrant community. Our owners believe that a vibrant community is one that is alive with art.

Our gallery is located in our highly utilized Flatlander Classroom, a space dedicated to connecting the community, facilitating educational opportunities focusing on healthy living, and providing access to local artists. This multi-use space is ideal for integrating the arts into the urban environment and creating partnerships among artists, the community and business. This year, we will be hosting two artist at a time, allotting each artist a locked case that is 8’ long x 44’’ high x 4’’ wide. We always welcome kids and group shows to apply!

Want to Show YOUR Work in our Gallery in 2018? Contact Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Buckman ( for more information.