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September–October, 2013 Charlotte Cain and Kathryn Myers November, December 2013, & January, 2014 Oil pastels by John Preston and Marty Mitchell
VIDEO GAME TRADING CARDS and POSTERS at ICON GALLERY Hundreds of noted individuals from the global video game culture appear on video game trading cards in an exhibition at ICON Gallery. The exhibit, titled "The Video Game Trading Cards & Posters of Twin Galaxies," is now open and will run through August 11th. It features more than 600 colorful trading cards and posters designed by Fairfield resident Walter Day. "Walter is famous in the gaming world," says ICON Director Bill Teeple. "He is known globally as the "Scorekeeper" for the video world. It’s an honor to have Walter choose ICON for this historic event." The exhibition is open daily from 11 AM until 5 PM. Over 100 celebrities from around the U.S. featured on the cards will convene at ICON on Saturday, August 10th, where they will meet the public and autograph cards. Saturday night all the "trading card celebrities" in attendance will be honored in a Red-Carpet Awards Ceremony at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Following the awards ceremony will be a Video Game Film Festival. The trading card set was created to commemorate the history of the global video game culture, honoring the iconic industry pioneers, the video game personalities, the world record holders & tournament champions and the landmark milestones, inventions and historic events. Walter Day, creator of the card set, says: "Each card is like a little window into the history of the video game age. Not only have we created cards that honor famous people and events, but we have also documented the lives of many people who have contributed greatly to the video game industry who have been overlooked by the history books. All these forgotten people are like thousands of colorful threads in a big tapestry and, together, they form a picture that tells the story of the video game age. And, we want these cards to tell their story. It is my hope that history teachers in the future can use these cards to teach their students about the people and games who launched the video game culture." Day says, "The ICON Gallery was chosen to host this event because it is one of the more progressive and distinguished art galleries in America's Midwest region. It will elevate the proceedings to a sophisticated level, giving the honorees the prominent recognition they deserve."  This exhibition was funded through contributions from Eric Tessler, of LaHabra, CA. Mr. Tessler is an acclaimed member of the arcade restoration community in California and is a distinguished supporter of video game cinema. He is the Executive Producer of two video game documentary films slated for release in 2013. They are The King of Arcades (Directed by Sean & Krystle Tiedeman) and The Video Craze (Directed by Dave Danzara).
EVENTS CALENDAR ICON THURSDAY SLIDE SHOW WITH WALTER DAY 8:00PM, August 8, 2013 Refreshments 7:30 Talk and slide show on The  Video Game Trading Card and Poster Exhibition  currently at ICON. History of how Ottumwa became the center of the video game world. Click Here for more views of show & Award Winners: VIDEO GAME TRADING CARDS & POSTERS OF TWIN GALAXIES EXHIBITION. August 4th through 11th. SPECIAL VIDEO CELEBRITY EVENT Saturday, August 10th SCHEDULE: 12:00pm to 2:00pm Meet and greet video game celebrities from all over the U.S. at ICON. The Official Pac- Man will be there. Refreshments will be served. 2:00pm to 5:00pm Autograph Sessions, Media Interviews and PR photos at ICON Gallery. 4:00pm Group Photo in front of the "Trading Card Wall." (Icon Gallery) 5:00pm to 7:00pm Everybody breaks for Dinner - there are MANY restaurants within walking distance. 7:00pm to 8:30pm Award Ceremonies at the Arts and Convention Center. 8:30pm to 11:00pm Film Festival at the Arts and Convention Center. (1) Wilson and Sorflaten 1982-1983 Documentary footage. (2) The Video Craze by Dave Danzara. (3) NoobZ by Blake Freeman. For More Information, call: Walter Day at 641-451-0461 NO ICON THURSDAY August 15th and 22nd  Bill Teeple is on vacation. ICON THURSDAY VIDEO 8:00PM, August 29, 2013 Refreshments 7:30 New York in the 50’s.  ICON THURSDAY VIDEO 8:00PM, September 5th, 2013 Refreshments 7:30 Vermeer. Documentary on the great Dutch artist narrated by Meryl Streep. 1st FRIDAY ARTWALK 6:30 – 10:00PM Friday, September 6, 2013 Paintings by Charlotte Cain and Kathryn Myers.