Previous exhibits at Drake Law Library.
Winter 2013: Sara Walker
Sara enjoys painting a variety of subjects, including landscapes, still life, flowers and animals. Many of her paintings are inspired by photographs taken by her husband David on trips they have made around the states and abroad.
Fall 2012: Edward N. McConnell
Edward McConnell’s works represent some of his efforts in acrylic and watercolor. His favorite medium is watercolor, although he finds it to be the most unforgiving. Mr. McConnell states “Just like the practice of law, creative endeavors require planning, imagination and execution. Few activities give me more joy than to have a concept and to be able to develop it and bring it to life on canvass or paper.”
Summer 2012: Artis Reis
Artis Reis works in acrylic paint on canvas, using line composition and bright color to create pure abstraction. Judge Reis states “I love playing with colors, I love playing with shapes. I’ll get inspired by a certain shade of something and some idea will pop into my mind. I can come home at night and paint and a couple hours have gone by like its 5 minutes.” Judge Reis is transitioning from a full time District Court Judge to Senior Judge status July 2012. Judge Reis has strong ties to the Drake Law School, where she has taught in various capacities. In recent years, she has been an Adjunct Professor, teaching Pre-Trial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy. Before going on the bench, she was the Acting Director of the Drake Law School Legal Clinic.
Spring 2012: Robert Blink
Robert J. Blink, a Drake Law graduate, has been a trial judge in Polk County for seventeen years. He was a trial lawyer for twenty years before that. Judge Blink has been intrigued by cameras since boyhood. But photography became a significant interest for him with the advent of digital cameras. He is a self-taught photographer, just as he taught himself woodworking and how to sail. He enjoys the close study of lighting, perspective, exposure, angles, shapes, colors and depth of field. Photography appeals to his "detail oriented" personality which has served him well for many years in courtrooms.
Spring 2012: Sally Reavely
Ms. Reavely graduated from Drake Law School in 1988. She practices law at Whitfield & Eddy in the area of Health Law. "My journey into basket weaving started with the more traditional baskets that our ancestors would have woven. They were plain and utilitarian. No color, but sturdy and useful in their daily lives. I felt a true connection with those who came before us and other cultures who all have some type of “vessel” that is used for carrying water or other necessities. I began studying the history of baskets in the United States and then across the world. My husband and I travel extensively and it has become a mission to search out baskets or vessels from the countries we visit and to learn those techniques. In addition, I collect antique baskets and display them throughout my home."
Summer 2011: Laurayne Robinette
Laurayne Robinette grew up on a farm west of Blockton, Iowa. After graduating from Drake University in the summer of 1952 with a B.F.A., she taught school that first year, during which she married James D. Robinette, a 1951 graduate of the Drake Law School. Ms. Robinette states “Painting from observation of nature is a satisfying activity; painting with nothing being observed except what the paint is doing, without having a plan or preconception, and relying on the inner spirit to create a visual image without representing anything, a true creative act.” “I am always enthused about starting a new creative journey (painting), valuing the process over the product.” She has taken numerous Des Moines Art Center classes, concentrating mostly on oil painting. At times, she has taught students in her home studio. She continues to paint and work in mixed media.
September-October 2010: Victoria Herring
Ms. Herring is a Drake Law School grad and practices as an attorney in Des Moines. Part of what she has enjoyed about that profession is the chance to be creative, to further new views of the law. As she’s become more involved in the artistic field of photography, she’s found similar fulfillment, creating new views. Through her travel, she sees places which others have not yet visited or have visited, but wish a rendering of what it was which spoke to them. Her pictures tell a story of place and time. She is fascinated with architecture, patterns, line and color, contemplative vistas, and tries to see and capture something beyond a typical picture of them. Whether looking at people or places, the abstract components of color, line, pattern and uniqueness speak to her and through her photography.
July-August 2010: Mary Beth Edwards
Mary Beth Edwards attended Christian College (Columbia, MO) and the University of Missouri majoring in home economics. In 1988, after raising 3 children, she began taking art classes at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. She particularly enjoyed the painting and ceramics classes. In painting, she finds abstracts most intriguing, especially when subtleness is used, and you find something new each time you examine the painting. “It’s as if you’re in another world when you’re involved in creating an art work,” Ms. Edwards explained.
June 2010: W. Ward Reynoldson
Justice Reynoldson served on the Iowa Supreme Court from May 1, 1971, to October 1, 1987. From August 3, 1978, until his retirement, he served as Chief Justice. He became a Senior Judge following his retirement.
Born at St. Edward, Nebraska, May 17, 1920, he graduated from the State Teachers College at Wayne, Nebraska, in 1942. Following service in the United States Navy during World War II [1942-1946] he graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1948. In that year he engaged in private practice at Osceola, Iowa, where he continued until coming on the Supreme Court. From 1953 to 1957 he was County Attorney of Clarke County.
He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was president of the Conference of Chief Justices and the National Center for State Courts, 1984-1985.