New show at the Art Center of Burlington runs through Sept. 29.

Two local artists exploring different art mediums collaborated for new exhibit The Microcosm & Macrocosm in the gallery at the Art Center of Burlington.

Giovanni Falcone and Jason Dains, both of Burlington, filtered through the crowd Sunday discussing their work during a reception at the gallery.

“It’s an exciting time for them and they are energizing artist to watch,” said Tammy McCoy, executive director of the Art Center of Burlington.

The two became fast friends a couple years ago during the Region 12 Iowa Artist Association Art Show in the art center gallery and have conversed about their artistic passions ever since.

“We would meet at The Washington (a downtown bar and music venue) and delve deep into conversation about art,” said Falcone.

“Our artwork works together,” added Daines.

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They each have space in the Allied Creators Studio inside the art center where they often would go back and forth to generated ideas as they completed pieces for the show.

“It’s been amazing the past eight months to watch these two work and collaborate to create this feat of accomplishment,” said Tony Onesto, who is one of the owners of the studio and a mentor to Falcone and Dains.

Falcone's work primarily uses of a fine ink pen and is delicate and detailed. He moved to Burlington as a teenager and credits his artistic development with Burlington High School art instructor Pamela Geeding where he learned the fundamentals of drawing. He would go on to expand his art knowledge under the tutelage of instructor Robert Kennon at Southeastern Community College.

Discussing his work Falcone said his compositions reflect inner quarrels and describe the light and dark areas of life. Many of his works include references to mythology, psychology, literature and philosophy.

Dains graduated from Ottumwa High School and also attended Southeastern Community College. He said he likes to pull his subject matter from the edges of the universe, from the deepest of the seas to outer space and beyond. He tends to pick subject matter he finds to be stranger than fiction, and most of his recent work seems to have more of a realistic look to it, but with a science fiction feel.

The Microcosm & Macrocosm in the gallery runs through Sept. 29 at the Art Center of Burlington at 301 Jefferson St.