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.
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.
John Wilde is a major figure in Wisconsin art, and a leader in the American Surrealist movement. 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.
Painter, Clare Malloy, revisits her favorite subjects of still life and landscape. Featured in this exhibition are her timeless pastels and paintings that are beautifully executed. Rural structures take on an exquisite beauty capturing the same mysterious simplicity as her object paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.