SUMMER IN WISCONSIN

Exhibition Dates: July 9 – September 10

Artists’ Reception: July 22 from 5 – 9 pm (Gallery Night)

This biennial exhibition highlights the extraordinary talent in Wisconsin art featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography by the state’s best known contemporary artists.  It is the Gallery’s largest and most diverse exhibition of the year.

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Mark Chatterley: Betwixt and Between

June 3 – July 2
 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3 from 5 – 7:30 with an Artist Talk at 6:15
 
Internationally recognized as one of the top ceramic sculptors, Mark Chatterley makes larger-than-life figurative sculptures using his signature crater glaze. Each piece is a unique, hand built sculpture that echoes Chatterley’s thoughts of life, death, creation, and destruction.

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Craig Blietz: Calendar

June 3 – July 2
 
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3 from 5 – 7:30 with an Artist Talk at 6:15
 
Focusing on the rural environment of Wisconsin, Craig Blietz paints the iconic farm animal and is best known for his depiction of cows. Capturing far more than just the exterior beauty of his subjects, Blietz finds that these animals offer marvelous anthropomorphic opportunities.

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Surreal … So Real

April 15 – May 28

Opening Reception: Friday, April 15 (Gallery Night) 5-9 pm

An outstanding group exhibition of painters and sculptors whose work explores Surrealism in contemporary art. Themes of the subconscious mind, fantastic imagery, and strange juxtapositions are elements of Surrealism today and continue to influence many contemporary art forms.

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Terrence Coffman and Richard Taylor Pop-Up Exhibitions at the Pfister Hotel

Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 30

Artists' Reception on Gallery Night, April 15th from 5 - 9pm

The Tory Folliard Gallery will display pieces at the Pfister Hotel by Wisconsin artists Terrence Coffman and Richard Taylor. Coffman’s abstract paintings are based on memories of landscapes of Wisconsin and Ireland. Known for his expressive brushwork and bold use of color, Coffman’s work captures the spirit of the changing landscape. A sculptor and painter, Taylor presents two directions in sculpture: three-dimensional wall sculptures based on farm images and abstract “Standing Sentinels” in painted steel.

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Mark Mulhern – The Space Between

September 16 – Oct. 15

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16 from 5 - 7:30 pm

The two main Galleries will feature an expansive new body of work by Mark Mulhern which reflects his ongoing interest in the figure and its surroundings. Introspective but unselfconscious, the work is filled with subtle gestures and freely painted locations that invite contemplation on the part of the viewer. Inspired by the Brocante (vintage markets) of France and garden parties, these paintings expose moments of everyday life through simplified abstraction. Mulhern’s paintings capture fleeting moments, but are the result of making marks, revising, amending, and finally, accepting the end result.

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Charles Munch – New Paintings

October 21 – November 26

Opening Reception: Gallery Night Oct.21 from 5 – 9 pm
Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 22 from 1-3pm. Informal talk 2pm

Inspired by his life in rural Wisconsin, Charles Munch’s paintings continue to be a meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature. Munch uses bold, graphic lines and carefully composed compositions to evoke questions and suggest situations. These deceptively simple landscapes embrace a world where nature’s balance is restored.

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John Wilde: The Early Works

November 19 – December 3
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 12 from 1 - 4 pm with a talk by Dr. Robert Cozzolino at 2 pm

John Wilde, a major figure in Wisconsin Art and a leader in the American Surealism movement called Magic Realism. A painter, printmaker, and one of the great draftsmen of our time, Wilde pulls the viewer into his own personal dream world where the common becomes uncommon. His mastery of silverpoint gives his drawings unusual depth and richness rarely seen in a technique known for its fineness and detail.

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Beth Lo - Foreign and Familiar

December 3 – December 31
Artists' Reception on December 3rd, 1-3pm

For over thirty years Montana artist, Beth Lo, has created playful vessels and figurative sculpture in porcelain.  Drawing inspiration from issues of family and her Chinese-American background, Lo celebrates and sometimes satirizes traditional Asian aesthetics. Lo also finds inspiration from the day-to-day challenges of parenting, and uses the image of a child to symbolize innocence, potential and vulnerability.

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Laurie Hogin – Reward Circuits

January 6 –  February 4 

Opening Reception: Gallery Night January 20, 5-9 pm

Bizarre and beautiful, Laurie Hogin’s allegorical paintings raise issues of consumerism, sexism, and environmental degradation. Rendered in the hyper-realistic style reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch masters, neon-colored animals populate overgrown, idealistic landscapes or pose as the subject of a portrait. Hogin’s paintings are filled with images of snarling bunnies, maternal monkeys and other creatures affected by the industrial, pharmacological, political, and economical forces.

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Ben Grant - We're not beginning to ... to ... mean something?

February 11 - March 4

In his recent body of work New York native, Ben Grant, continues to push the boundaries of his process as he returns to the idea of illusionistic space. While still staying true to his abstract line forms, Grant is introducing organic shapes into his complex combinations of color, shape and texture. These multilayered paintings are built up with a variety of techniques including rolling, brushing, spraying, drawing, and more as Grant explores the potential for meaning in his work.

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James Winn – New Paintings

March 11 - April 15

Azaleas, irises, lilies and other flowering foliage once again capture the eye of Illinois artist, James Winn. Unlike his landscape paintings with endless skies, Winn is shifting his perspective and bringing the viewer eye-to-eye with portraits of individual blooms and luminously lit flowers set against dark backgrounds. By manipulating light and color, these highly detailed paintings present a sense of Presence that one can experience when alone and attentive in nature.

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T.L. Solien – New Work

April 21 – May 27

Opening Reception: Gallery Night, April 21, 5-9pm

Through the use of literary allusions and mysterious iconography, T. L. Solien tries to make sense of his life and examines his place in the world. Satirical and macabre, Solien’s paintings and unique works on paper are deeply personal narratives told through his personal collection of shapes, objects and characters. By translating a vast assortment of interests and memories into his work, each piece feels fresh, playful and open for interpretation. 

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Trina May Smith: Entangled

March 18 – April 9

Opening Reception: Friday, March 18 from 5 – 7:30 PM

Trina May Smith is fascinated by urban places that have passed their prime. As a remembrance of the companies and people who once occupied now mostly abandoned towns, Smith captures the heart and soul of these places in small, intimate portraits. Whether it is an old factory or an abandon house, these paintings record clues as to what the town might have been like before its decline.

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Introducing Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher: Old Souls

February 13 – March 12

Opening Reception: Feb. 13 from 2 – 4 PM

The Tory Folliard Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of two Wisconsin artists, Katie Musolff and Andy Fletcher. Their debut exhibition includes paintings from Musolff’s River Journal Series and Fletcher’s plein air landscapes.

An astute observer, Katie Musolff paints plants and animals that she finds along the Mississippi River. Her current body of work, River Journal, consists of meticulous watercolor and gouache paintings that concentrate on the beauty and grace of her surroundings while embracing the remains of the organic world.

Andy Fletcher‘s landscapes explore man’s changing relationship with the land. His paintings evoke feelings of nostalgia as they celebrate the family farm and an older, more sustainable way of farming.

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Elizabeth Shreve – The Mysteries of Flight Revealed

January 8 – February 6, 2016

Magic Realist painter, Elizabeth Shreve, describes her work as a meeting place of her psychological background and her artistic identity. The Wisconsin artist’s second solo exhibition with the Gallery consists of many curious narratives such as birds giving humans the gift of flight. Her paintings express compassion, empathy, struggle, transformation, and human vulnerability.

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Wallflowers

January 8 – February 6, 2016

This group exhibition focuses on the flower in contemporary art by the region’s top artists. The artists’ styles are as unique and personal as the artists’ intent when capturing their subject. The exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, photography and sculpture.

Participating artists are: Stephen Warde Anderson, Tara Austin, Kim Benson, Tom BerenzMary BeroChris BertiDerrick BuischMarion CoffeyTerrence Coffman,Laura DronzekBeth EdwardsPatrick Farrell, Joshua Huyser, Ron IsaacsClare MalloyNancy MladenoffMark MulhernCharles MunchDennis NechvatalMichael NolandMelanie ParkeBill ReidJeffrey RippleJan SerrBrook SlaneT.L. SolienNathaniel SternFred StonehousePaula Swaydan GrebelStephanie TrenchardMichael VelliquetteMary Alice Wimmer, and James Winn.

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John Dilg - Blue Smoke

November 20 – January 2
 
Artists’ Reception: Friday, November 20, 5 – 7:30pm
 
John Dilg concentrates on the trope of “landscape” for his visually clarified, multi-layered paintings. The essence of his subjects is captured by outlines from the colors below, evoking a sense of archaeology and meaningful message. A professor of painting at the University of Iowa, Dilg has served as Visiting Artist at nearly 50 institutions. Among many other awards, he received a Fulbright Grant to India and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. In December, 2014, The Huffington Post called him “One of 15 Artists to Watch.” This is Dilg’s first solo show at Tory Folliard Gallery.

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