All is Art Peace at Dixon Gallery – Shaw Local

DIXON – Everyone is a canvas for Joyce and Rick Moser.

Not only do they think outside the box when it comes to creating artwork, but the couple can use one in their room. The couple sees the potential of giving everyday objects new life as works of art is everything.

The Mosers own Renew Me Gallery, an “inspirational space” in downtown Dixon that opened in late July, where shoppers can find art, plants, jewelry, vintage gifts and more. The boutique is the latest addition to the city’s thriving arts and culture scene.

With their work, they show how art can be created from almost anything – old watches, worn belts, rusty toys and even jewelry that hasn’t seen the light of day for years. What some see as waste, they see as treasure, fodder for pieces that everyone creates individually and sometimes together.

A pile of scraps can be like Christmas morning to Joyce, who likes to unlock the potential of this, that and the other, turning them into unique and eye-catching creations.

“I love making art and I love picking things up so they don’t end up in the trash,” Joyce said. “I like to make art out of it again. I’ll bring jewelry, glass, anything that inspires me, and then I’ll break it down and make something new out of it, and hopefully bring joy to everyone.

Joyce has long enjoyed turning something old into something new, and for the past 35 years she has shared that joy with her husband, and more recently, her business partner.

She and Rick have been married for over 35 years and she enjoys contributing her time and talents to Joyce’s projects as well as her own.

“We’ve had our own collections throughout our lives,” Rick said. “We love things related to music, things related to fashion, and plants, and throughout our lives we’ve done all kinds of things from time to time to use them in other ways. For the first time, we have our own full-fledged gallery and shop.

The Mosers are new to Dixon, having moved to the city a year ago from the western suburbs of Chicago. After getting to know their new community, they found that their love of art and music, and their creativity blended well with the other art lovers in town. They met people associated with The Next Picture Show art gallery, Rosbrook Studio and Dixon Stage Left and made themselves feel welcome.

Although Joyce and Rick weren’t new to selling their work — they’d done it before through online sales and social media — they felt the time was right for a physical store, and Dixon was a place with a thriving art scene. . As the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and downtown Main Street incubator sought a new tenant, the Mosers stepped forward and began sharing their creativity.

“We were looking for a way to expand our reach with our art,” says Rick. “We were online first and did a lot with e-commerce and social media. When I started seeing some things here, I thought if we could put together a bit of a storefront or share a space with somebody, but also have a local presence and be a hub to do more, that would be a perfect fit. “

The gallery includes some of Joyce’s favorite works, including a piece called Number Nine, which consists of a mannequin’s chest covered with clocks and watches, with all clock parts set to 9 o’clock, a clock and dried bars. . .

Another favorite of Joyce’s works is inspired by her nephew: “Gadgets in My Pockets,” a square canvas covered in trinkets and random objects.

Seeing the artistic potential of objects comes naturally to both of them – “We’re kind of creative cats,” says Joyce, and there are few things she can’t find nine souls for: vases, old toys, scraps of fabric … as long as I can repurpose it in some way. I will be able to do it,” he said.

Rick uses his background in interior design and design to create works of plant art, now turning objects like an old toy Jeep that carries plants in the back into plant carriers.

Even toy instruments can play a different tune as part of Renew Me’s guitar art collection. Paper Jamz toy guitars can be made from old jewelry or other small items, scraps of fabric, etc. decorated with things. The couple’s love of music can be seen elsewhere in the store, with custom spiral designs of famous musicians such as Prince, Madonna and John Lennon affixed to vinyl records, as well as colorful sheet music on display.

The Mosers encourage people to stop by often because their labor of love is a work in progress. What you see today may be gone tomorrow. Gallery pieces come and go, displays change, and the couple plans to expand their inventory to include vintage musical instruments, as well as greeting cards, buttons and magnets made by artists they study.

They also plan to involve customers in the creative process, allowing them to contribute items that the Mosers can do something with, whether the customer’s or the Mosers’ original idea.

“Art is subjective,” Joyce said. “Not everything will excite everyone, but it will excite someone. They come in and say, “Wow, I’ve never seen that! I have stories about how I made them.

The Mosers operate their shop with the philosophy of “restore, reuse, love” to promote positive messages of peace, love, beauty, inclusion, honor, compassion, kindness and joy.

“We want to make sure our store is inclusive,” Joyce said. “It is important for us. For us, people are lovely. It’s nice to be in the community, talk to people and get to know everyone’s mood. This is a beautiful thing.

“Our message is peace and love,” Joyce said. “I am a woman of peace and love, this is how I always say goodbye. It is important. We just want to convey kindness.

They also want to share the love with other artists, offering the gallery space as a place for budding and experienced artists to display their work for exhibition or sale and advance in the local art scene. From Sept. 7 to Oct. 1, the “Colors of Joy” exhibit featured colorful works by other artists who promoted the same kind of positive vibes that the Mosers embraced. Artists included Karen Tucker, David Bingaman, Nora Kate Balayti, Hilary Guerrero and Zack Martin, as well as Joyce himself.

October’s exhibition is aptly themed for Halloween: ‘Creative Creatures’ presents works by frightening and eccentric life forms.

The Mosers also strongly believe in the power of music and its ability to inspire and connect people, and gallery visitors can hear and see this message in the music videos played throughout the gallery. The songs are part of the global music project “Playing for Change”, which includes street musicians and singers from all over the world who play all kinds of music: rhythm and blues, reggae, soul, gospel, rock, country, etc.

“It’s nice and satisfying to know that someone can enjoy what we do,” said Rick. “Our goal is to help people find joy in seeing and interacting with things.”

Even the gallery itself is an updated piece of history. The one-story 60-foot by 30-foot building was originally built in 1900 and housed a number of businesses until 1993. The building was then converted into the Chamber and Main Street offices until a few years ago; he still owns the building and uses it as an incubator until startup businesses are ready to have their own space. The incubator program offers low rent, development and promotion support, helping companies build a customer base while keeping operating costs low. Recent tenants include J Boutique, which relocated downtown, and Willy Floral Co., which now continues to be a home-based, pop-up business in the city.

The Mosers enjoy being a part of the Dixon community and plan to make the most of their downtown gallery.

“It’s really cool. I like talking to the people who come in and the other business people in town,” Rick said. Our being here and what we’re doing has grown around us and it’s been a lot of fun.

Renew Me Gallery, 115 South Hennepin Ave., Wednesday 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to :00 and is open Sunday through Tuesday.

For information, find her on Facebook or Instagram @renewmegallery, visit renewalmegallery.com or call 815-200-4885.

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