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  • Nathaniel Stern – “Rippling Images”

    Nathaniel Stern

    October 17 – November 15, 2014

    Opening & Artist Reception: Gallery Night, Friday, October 17th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

    Artist Talk: Gallery Day, Saturday, October 18th, 1:00pm

    In his unique and now well-known printmaking process, Nathaniel Stern straps a desktop scanner, laptop and custom-made battery pack to his body, and performs images into existence. He might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around his neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between his body, technology, and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival art objects for exhibition.

    For the latest in his series, Stern has worked with a team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to design and construct a custom, open-source, depth-rated waterproof rig, so as to scuba while scanning sub-aqueous terrain – including a live coral reef on the Gulf Coast. Here the artist folds not only time and space into his printed images, but also the impacts of water and land, life and non-life, that we perform with every day: as individuals, and as a people. The resulting artworks are full of care, thought, and wonder.

  • Mary Alice Wimmer – “Earthly Delights”

    Mary Alice Wimmer

    October 17 – November 15, 2014

    Opening & Artist Reception: Gallery Night, October 17th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

    Mary Alice Wimmer continues to enchant the viewer with her Vanitas compositions of specimens from earth, sky, and sea.  Long captivated by the natural world, Wimmer an avid traveler and collector, paints vibrant, highly detailed watercolors that convey the transient nature of life.  Also a skilled silverpoint artist, new drawings using this early Renaissance technique will be included in this exhibition.

  • Nancy Mladenoff – “More Ladies”

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    October 17 – November 15, 2014

    Opening & Artist Reception: Gallery Night, October 17th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm

    Through her colorful series The Ladies, Nancy Mladenoff explores the lives of American women who have found significant roles beyond that of wife and mother.  Often unknowingly acting as mentors for other women, the heroes depicted in The Ladies are from all walks of life:  science, the arts, sports and more.  Mladenoff earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches painting at the University of Wisconsin.  She has exhibited her work internationally, and The Ladies were included in the 2014 Wisconsin Triennial. The Ladies 2 is her first solo exhibition with Tory Folliard Gallery.

  • Mark Mulhern – “New Work”

    Mark Mulhern

    September 12 – October 11, 2014

    Opening & Artist’ Reception: September 12th, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

    This comprehensive group of new work by Mark Mulhern reflects his ongoing interest in the figure and still life. Introspective but unselfconscious, the work is filled with subtle gestures and freely painted locations that invite contemplation on the part of the viewer.

  • Cathy Martin – “This and That”

    Cathy Martin

    September 12 – October 11, 2014

    Opening & Artist’ Reception: September 12th, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

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    Gallery favorite Cathy Martin returns to the East Gallery for her fourth solo show. A long time farmer in Southwest Wisconsin, Cathy Martin is a self-taught painter who is a master of observation with a command of realism.

  • “Summer in Wisconsin”

    Summer in Wisconsin

    July 12 – September 6 , 2014

    Exuding the energy of our favorite time of year, this comprehensive, triennial exhibition features new work by our many talented Wisconsin artists in a diverse collection of contemporary styles that range from abstract to realist.

     

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  • Trent Miller – “Meet Me at the Edge of the World”

    Trent Miller

    May 30 – July 3, 2014

    Continuing his investigation of form and color, Miller returns to the East Gallery with a new body of work inspired by the “healing machines” of Emory Blagdon.  Neither completely representational or abstract, these paintings occupy the mysterious space between real and ephemeral.

     

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  • Breehan James – “Way of the Wilderness”

    Breehan James

    May 30 – July 3, 2014

    We are pleased to introduce the rarefied paintings of Breehan James.  A Wisconsin native, she is inspired by adventures in the wilderness including deer hunting in fall and canoeing the Boundary Waters in summer.  James earned her MFA from Yale University and has studied Norwegian landscape paintings and drawings at the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design in Oslo, Norway  and the drawings of early Canadian explorers at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

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  • “The New Still Life”

    Jeffrey Ripple

    April 25 – May 24, 2014

    Gallery Night and Day: April 25 & 26

    The New Still Life celebrates one of art’s greatest themes with a range of techniques from photorealistic to abstract by the Midwest’s best sculptors and painters.  The exhibition includes glass sculpture by Beth Lipman and Stephanie Trenchard and new paintings by Melanie Parke, Clare Malloy, Lon Michels, Jeffrey Ripple, Dennis Nechvatal, and John A. Sayers and vintage works by John Wilde.

  • Chris Berti – “Concerning Nature”

    Chris Berti

    March 19 – April 19, 2014

    Sculptor Chris Berti is fascinated with the colors and textures of 19th century brick paving stones.  The amazing warmth and variety will be evident in his small scale sculptures incorporating the brick’s shape, earth colors, and at times, text of the brick manufacturer with carved imagery.  Berti, an active NCECA exhibitor, has been the recipient of numerous awards and has work in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI. Continue reading →

  • “The Figure in Clay”

    Beth Lo

    March 19 – April 19, 2014

    “The Figure in Clay” examines a range of techniques and expression by an international group of contemporary artists using clay as a medium to interpret the figure as both subject and content.

    “The Figure in Clay” is curated by Chris Berti and is held in conjunction with NCECA – the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.  The conference is held March 20-23.

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  • Charles Munch – “New Paintings”

    Charles Munch

    February 8 – March 8, 2014

    For more than forty years, Charles Munch has depicted the complex relationship between man and nature with carefully composed deconstructed imagery.  Graphically painted with precise marks, Munch’s landscapes continue to question our place in the world.  The paintings of Charles Munch were included in Wisconsin’s 2013 Triennial.  Over the years, he has participated in 20 museum exhibitions, received numerous awards, and has work in  the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

  • Briony Morrow-Cribbs – “Terra Incognita”

    February 8 – March 8, 2014

    Employing the visual language of scientific objectivity, Briony Morrow-Cribbs explores connections between humans and animals.  By placing creatures in psychologically complex situations, she invites the viewer to explore emotional nuances and relationships.  A virtuoso of copperplate etching, Morrow-Cribbs uses an intricate system of dots, dashes, concentric lines and hand tinting to create highly detailed prints in the naturalist tradition.

     

  • Bill Reid – “What Could Bee?”

    Bill Reid

    February 8 – March 8, 2014

    The painted steel sculptures that inhabit the world of Bill Reid are headliners from a fantastic mythology, imparting “Bee’s” stories of heroics, tragedy, comedy and drama.  From Lilliputian to gigantic, his unforgettable characters may also double as mechanical toys, light fixtures, or pedal cars.  Always a favorite in the Racine parades, Reid continues to delight and inspire with humor and whimsy.  Reid has been awarded numerous public commissions and has work in the permanent collection of the National Music Museum, Vermillion, SD.

     

  • Ben Grant – “I’ve Got on With It a Little All the Same”

    Ben Grant

    January 4 – February 1, 2014

    Grant’s paintings explore the potential for meaning in simple, bold, and colorful combinations of shape and dimension.  Grant paints modular units to create strings of information that take on the form of a visual syntax. Continue reading →

  • Jeremy Popelka – “Veiled Monuments”

    Jeremy Popelka

    January 4 – February 1, 2014
    Master glass artist Jeremy Popelka returns with new sand cast glass sculpture inspired by an arcane view of objects and their surroundings.  Gestural ornamental surface textures allude to other materials such as stone and fabric while translucent vibrant, glowing color infuses these sculptural forms with vitality.

     

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  • Rodger Bechtold – “The Nature of Things”

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    January 4 – February 1, 2014

    Over time Bechtold has built a solid reputation for being a major contributor to contemporary landscape painting in the Midwest and beyond.  His work is expressed with energy, painted with seemingly effortless brushwork and charged with color.

     

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  • Jason Rohlf – “Navigational Aids”

    Jason Rohlf

    November 30 – December 28, 2013

    Friday, December 6th: Artist’s Reception: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, December 7th: Artist Talk at 2 p.m.

    Making navigational decisions is subjective to the individual and the inputs are sometimes contradictory. Through a combination of deliberate action and intuition the works hope to reflect back the myriad choices we all are confronted with on a daily basis.” ~ Jason Rohlf Continue reading →

  • The Modern Landscape

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    October 18 – November 16, 2013

    “The Modern Landscape” includes artists whose methods vary widely but who share a fascination with the natural world.  A marvelous collection of landscapes from intimately scaled and highly detailed to grand, expressive studies in color.  Peaceful pastoral scenes,  vibrantly abstracted works and scenes of the west and Midwest are included in the exhibition. Continue reading →

  • Craig Blietz – “Creamery”

    Craig Blietz

    September 7 – October 12, 2013

    Craig Blietz returns to the East Gallery with a new series of work inspired by stories of an old creamery.  His adroitly painted animals indirectly refer to the recently demolished creamery and, in a larger sense, the diminishing number of small dairy operations.  Romantic, realistic, and oblique, Blietz’s paintings invite the viewer to reflect on our changing world.

     

  • T.L. Solien – “the loneliest gods”

    T.L. Solien

    September 13 – October 12, 2013

    T.L Solien continues his exploration of the theme of westward expansion in this new body of work that includes paintings, works on paper, and sculptures.  Solien delves into deep themes of American culture and the history of pioneer settlement, as he merges Ahab’s quest for the white whale with Americans’ quest for the West.  Employing a myriad of personal, graphic symbols and eccentric characters, Solien is surreal and entirely original.  By examining the lot of the common citizens such as mothers, mechanics, and firemen and portraying them in his singular style, Solien invites us to take a closer look at America’s history and our place in it.

  • “The Beast Within” : Images of Animals in Tattoo and Contemporary Art

    Ed Hardy

    July 12 – August 31, 2013

    Curated by Fred Stonehouse

    The heraldic nature of tattoos has historically tied its imagery to the symbolism of animals. If one could argue that tattoos constitute a sort of “psychic armor” then this imagery and symbolism seems to make complete sense and the pervasiveness of it in tattoo design is understandable. Of course, artists are drawn to animal imagery for a host of reasons, but for this exhibition we decided to focus on animal imagery in the art of tattooists and other artists as a way to think about the possible correlations and overlaps between related practices. Continue reading →

  • Jeffrey Ripple – “Portraits”

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    June 7- July 6, 2013

    Jeffrey Ripple will exhibit his exquisite new portraits in the East Gallery.

    Artists’ Reception: June 7 from 5 – 7:00 p.m.

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  • Terrence Coffman – “Angels and Landscapes”

    Terrence Coffman

    June 7- July 6, 2013

    Terrence Coffman will exhibit new paintings in the main gallery.

    Artists’ Reception: June 7, from 5 – 7:00 p.m.

    Continue reading to watch a video of Terrence Coffman speaking about his “Angels and Landscapes” series.  Continue reading →

  • Gladys Nilsson

    Gladys Nilsson

    June 7 – July 6, 2013

    Gladys Nilsson will exhibit new watercolors in the main gallery.

    Artists’ Reception: June 7, from 5 – 7:00 p.m.

    Continue reading to watch a video of Gladys Nilsson speaking about her new paintings. Continue reading →

  • Gallery Night: 25th Anniversary Show

    25th Anniversary of Tory Folliard Gallery

    April 19 – May 2, 2013

    Opens on “Gallery Night,” April 19, 2013.

    25th Anniversary of Tory Folliard Gallery

    In honor of its 25th Anniversary, the Tory Folliard Gallery will host a special exhibition showcasing the talented artists that have made this tremendous occasion possible.  For this occasion many of these painters, sculptors, and photographers will be exhibiting new work especially selected for this honored event.

  • Contemporary Prints

    Mulhern Monotype Vase On Yellow

    March 15 – April 12, 2013

    In conjunction with the SGCI Conference Print MKE 2013, gallery artists Mark Mulhern, Tom Uttech, Derrick Buisch, Dennis Nechvatal, Mary Jones, John Wilde, T.L. Solien, and Fred Stonehouse exhibit monotypes and limited edition prints.

    Join us for an artists’ reception on Friday, March 22, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Tom Uttech

     

  • COLOR!

    Derrick Buisch, "Monster Chart and CMY Chart in COLOR

     January 11 – March 9th, 2013

    Color is the wavelength composition of light and usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness. In COLOR!, paintings and sculptures challenge the limits of our visual perception as regional and national artists analyze and confront this subject.

    Derrick Buisch, "Monster Chart and CMY Chart in COLOR

    Derrick Buisch, “Monster Chart and CMY Chart in COLOR!

    Derrick Buisch’s paintings are abstractions of everyday visual language with concentrated surface tension between background and symbols.

    Richard Taylor, Urban Bop, North Beach, powder coated aluminum

    Richard Taylor, Urban Bop, North Beach, powder coated aluminum

    Richard Taylor‘s sculpture expresses his appreciation for music in bright colors and lively shapes.

    Anoka Faruqee, acrylic on linen panel painting

    Anoka Faruqee, acrylic on linen panel painting

     Anoka Faruqee is influenced by mathematics and Islamic tiles and her paintings are examples of mathematical perfection describing weightlessness.

    Jason Rohlf, Encounters, 40x90, acrylic and collage on linen

    Jason Rohlf, Encounters, 40×90, acrylic and collage on linen

    Jason Rohlf, known for beautifully rhythmic compositions, persists in exploration of rich surfaces.

    Jim Rose, Nine Drawer Quilt Chest, painted reclaimed steel

    Jim Rose, Nine Drawer Quilt Chest, painted reclaimed steel

    Jim Rose, inspired by antique quilts, expressed this admiration in furniture made from reclaimed steel.

    Michael Velliquette, Lodestar, Paper, acrylic, ink, other drawing media

    Michael Velliquette, Lodestar, paper, acrylic, ink, other drawing media

    Michael Velliquette  takes inspiration from art, architecture, and design from broad periods and places.

    Ben Grant,  Abstract Painting, acrylic, automotive paint, enamel, flashe, metal flake, and spray paint on panel

    Ben Grant, Abstract Painting, acrylic, automotive paint, enamel, flashe, metal flake, and spray paint on panel

    Ben Grant combines disparate images to form correlated images in finely painted compositions.

    Jeremy Popelka, Murini Glass

    Jeremy Popelka, Murrini Glass

    Jeremy Popelka‘s murrini glass vases are modern uptakes on a traditional medium

    Trent Miller,  Golden Tower, acrylic on canvas, 48x36

    Trent Miller, Golden Tower, acrylic on canvas, 48×36 inches

    Trent Miller saw the “healing machines” sculpture of Emery Blagdon at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and has since been exploring how space works within the shapes of organic, geodesic forms.

    Trent Miller,  Golden Tower, acrylic on canvas, 48x36

    Mark Ottens, “Smew”, acrylic on panel, 12×12 inches

    Mark Ottens continues pushing the limits of liveliness of pattern with his intensely colored, intimately sized paintings.

  • John Wilde Remembered – November 30th through December 31st, 2012

    John Wilde, A SECRET PLACE: WHAT SHIRLEY FOUND, 1978, Oil on Panel, 9 1/4 x 17"
    John Wilde, A SECRET PLACE: WHAT SHIRLEY FOUND, 1978, Oil on Panel, 9 1/4 x 17"

    John Wilde, A SECRET PLACE: WHAT SHIRLEY FOUND, 1978, Oil on Panel, 9 1/4 x 17″

     

    John Wilde,(1919-2006) a celebrated Wisconsin artist had widespread influence with his peers of the Magic Realism movement.  His deep love of drawing was the foundation of his painting which often depicted sequences of life and death in natural settings.  He rendered his surreal subjects in a highly detailed, flawless manner and he was a master of the silverpoint technique.  His imagery and style continue to intrigue and inspire many artists today.  A selection of prints and paintings from 1946 through 2003 will be presented.

  • Celebrations in Art

    Bill Reid, "Seadragon", 74x28x20 inches, painted steel

    November 30 – December 31, 2012

    Celebrations in Art is an exhibition of paintings, sculpture and jewelry featuring gallery artists: Rodger Bechtold, painting; Chris Berti, sculpture; Craig Blietz, painting; James Benjamin Franklin, painting; Bill Reid, sculpture; Stephanie Trenchard, sculpture; and Betsy Youngquist, sculpture & jewelry.  Amusing, curious, and contemplative, each artist will present modestly scaled work appropriate for celebrating the gift of art.

    *Opening and Artist Reception, Saturday, December 1st from 1 to 4 pm

    Bill Reid, "Seadragon", 74x28x20 inches, painted steel

    Bill Reid, “Sea Dragon Chandelier”, 74x28x20 inches, painted steel

     

  • Laura Dronzek – Flowers & Animals

    Laura Dronzek Bird in a Landscape with Honeysuckle, 9x8 inches, acrylic on paper

    October 18 – November 24, 2012

    Laura Dronzek’s new collection of landscape and still-life paintings are intimate in size, but offer views of grand themes suggested with richly layered surfaces. As Laura Dronzek puts it, “It is the mystery found in the commonplace, the extraordinary in the ordinary that is worth examining.” Her fictitious landscapes are composed of the most basic features: a horizon line, a sky, and a subject, but so carefully rendered, that each one is precious.

    Laura Dronzek Bird in a Landscape with Honeysuckle, 9x8 inches, acrylic on paper

    Laura Dronzek Bird in a Landscape with Honeysuckle, 9×8 inches, acrylic on paper

  • Eric Aho – New Paintings

    Eric Aho, "Acadia", 20x16, oil on panel

    October 13 – November 24, 2012

    Eric Aho returns to Milwaukee with a new body of paintings that transcend nature.  The Vermont artist’s bold new work shifts to abstraction: away from focused observation and toward remembered experience.  Using dynamic brushwork, Aho’s painted surfaces capture the essence of light, air, land and space colliding.

    Eric Aho, "Acadia", 20x16, oil on panel

    Eric Aho, “Acadia”, 20×16, oil on panel

  • Michael Noland – After the Garden: September 7 through October 5, 2012

    Michael Noland - After the Garden

    Art historian Jim Yood describes Michael Noland‘s work as:  “Intense.  Obsessive.  Determined. Dramatic.  Processing reality through his patient translation of the real through design.”  New gouache and oil paintings of frenetic creatures and chimerical landscapes express Noland’s healthy respect for nature.  Having grown up in Oklahoma’s Tornado Alley and spending much of his adult life in the Midwest, Noland’s paintings embody a spirit of place pulsating with glowing plants and animals.

    Michael Noland - After the Garden

    Michael Noland, AFTER THE GARDEN, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 60″

  • Gallery Night Celebrations!

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    Gallery Night at the Tory Folliard Gallery was a great success!  Below are pictures of just some of the wonderful people that attended to celebrate Patrick Farrell’s exhibition New Oil Paintings: Looking Back.  If you weren’t able to make it, the show is open until September 1, so be sure to stop by!

  • Sofia Arnold – Nature Redux

    Sofia Arnold, “Spoiled Meats I”, colored pencil and nail polish on paper, 7.5×5 inches

    Sofia Arnold has a new body of work for our “Nature Redux” exhibition which opens in July.  This group exhibition also includes Stephen Ward Anderson and Beth Edwards.  The show opens on July 7th and the artist reception will be on Gallery Night, July 27th, 2012

    Sofia Arnold, “Brush Rush”, colored pencil and spray paint on paper, 17×14 inches

    Here is what Sofia has to say about this work:   I was born and raised in rural Southwestern Wisconsin and I received my degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

    Sofia Arnold, “M. Wormhole on her Birthday”, acrylic on panel, 24×24 inches

    I am moving around the country with the long-term goal of settling in the midwest.  I am interested in ruralism and neo-folk movements, but from a voyeuristic rather than participatory viewpoint.

    Sofia Arnold, “Fools Camp II”, colored pencil and nail polish on paper, 13×17 inches
    Sofia Arnold, “M. Wormhole and the Poison Rapes”, acrylic on panel, 24×24 inches

    I see the people and animals in my paintings as somewhat recently transposed and in the process of reconciling old ways of living and thinking with a new environment and new demands. My process is very open to accident and chance in the initial stages, after which I carefully edit the objects, colors, and movement of the piece. 

    Sofia Arnold, “Vermin and the Frog”, colored pencil and nail polish on paper, 13×17 inches

    Most material objects in my work serve as fading markers of the intersection between old and new, familiar and unfamiliar.  I am also experimenting with forcing some of my autobiographical idols and demons and into this environment, just to see what happens to them.