Ron Isaacs

April 20 - May 26

Contemporary tromp l'oeil techniques continue to surprise viewers in Ron Isaac's beautifully painted wood sculptures. The artist’s convincing representations of vintage clothing, plant materials, and time-patinated found objects come together in visually rich, and often surprising combinations to suggest metaphors for the relationships of human life and nature, memory, and the passage of time.

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July 13 – September 8

For thirty years, Tory Folliard Gallery has brought exceptional artwork to Milwaukee. In celebration the Gallery is mounting the 30th Anniversary Exhibition, highlighting the outstanding artwork from its stable of artists. This blockbuster exhibition includes up to 150 works in painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography.

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Gravity - New Works by Jeremy Popelka

October 20 - November 25, 2017

Artist Jeremy Popelka telegraphs feelings from his stay in Thailand through color and texture in his diverse body of cast-glass pieces. Popelka's work in Gravity embraces the serendipitous nature of glass to allow the work to take shape. He is a master of several, widely different techniques used in art glass--including blowing, sand casting and Murrini--and has consistently delivered stunning glasswork for the past thirty years.  

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Jason Rohlf - Kismet

October 20 - November 25, 2017

Jason Rohlf's immersive paintings in Kismet are a visual depiction of how we lose and reassert our sense of control in our lives. Through merging the fore and backgrounds of his paintings, the work invites viewers to stand close, and be enveloped by their nuance and hues. Intuitively developed, Rohlf's paintings oscillate between traditions of geometry against intuition in an asymmetric composition. The artist has exhibited his work across the country, created a public installation for the MTA, lectured for the Pratt Institute, Bowling Green University, Lawrence University, and more.

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Michael Velliquette - Beginner’s Mind

September 15 – October 14, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15 from 5-7:30pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, September 23 from 1-2pm

Best known for his elaborate low-relief paper sculptures, Michael Velliquette returns to this medium in his upcoming solo exhibition. Velliquette hand-cuts small, simple paper shapes and assembles them into complex forms akin to three-dimensional mandalas. The formal symmetry, balance, and order of these works are meant to evoke the rhythm and repetition of breath. Velliquette forgoes his prior use of vibrant color, instead employing an emotionally restrained palette of tans, grays and whites. Beginner’s Mind refers to an approach to living without preconception—a sensibility that characterizes the skillfully simple posture Velliquette brings to this new series.

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The Salon Show

July 7 - September 9, 2017

Artists' Reception: Gallery Night, Friday, July 21 from 5 to 9pm

The Salon Show is the biggest exhibition of the year at the Tory Folliard Gallery. Showcasing painting, sculpture, and photography from an impressive list of exhibiting artists including: Rodger BechtoldMary BeroCraig BlietzMark BrautigamDerrick BuischJessica CalderwoodMark ChatterleyRobert CockeMarion CoffeyTerrence CoffmanLaura DronzekAndy FletcherMark ForthBen GrantHarold GregorGerit GrimmDoug HatchKathy HofmannRon IsaacsKeith JacobshagenMary JonesClare MalloyNancy MladenoffMark MulhernCharles MunchKatie MusolffDennis NechvatalWilliam NicholsMichael NolandMelanie ParkeBill ReidJason RohlfJan SerrElizabeth ShreveBrook SlaneTrina May SmithClaire StiglianiFred StonehousePaula Swaydan GrebelRichard TaylorStephanie TrenchardTom UttechMary Alice Wimmer and James Winn.

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Claire Stigliani - Dream Within A Dream

June 2 - July 1, 2017

Artist's Reception on Friday, June 2 from 5:30 - 8pm with an Artist Talk at 6pm

Claire Stigliani creatively expresses ideas of femininity, sexuality, beauty, desire, and female empowerment in paintings and drawings, puppet theaters and videos. In a timeless space filled with historical portraits, literature, and pop-culture references, Stigliani places fairy tale like characters often based on her own personal identity.

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June 2 - June 30, 2017

Artists' Reception Friday, June 9 from 5:30 - 8pm with  Artists' Talks at 6pm

The Tory Folliard Gallery is pleased to present Winnowers, a group exhibition of emerging, young artists. The "Winnowers" are recent graduates of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Fine Arts Program.  We wish to thank Fred Stonehouse for introducing the Gallery to these talented artists.

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Jim Rose - New Work

March 18 - April 15, 2017

Artist's Reception: March 18, from 2 - 5pm with an artist talk at 4pm

Jim Rose combines timeless American traditions in beautifully hand crafted contemporary steel furniture and sculpture.  Inspired by the colorful quilt work of the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Rose employs fine woodworking techniques to create furniture made from sheets of steel and scrap metal. Like remnants of cloth that preserve family memories in quilts, the discarded scraps of metal add rich color, texture and history to Rose’s highly functional designs.

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T.L. Solien – The Foreseeable Past

April 21 – May 27, 2017

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

T.L. Solien entertains the paradox of “The Foreseeable Past” by imparting a contemporary perspective on classic narrative images from the annals of art history.  A self-described artist of the “absurdist cultural critique,” Solien invites you in with brightly colored compositions filled with farcical figures and fanciful objects.  Once engaged you realize all is not as it seems, you have entered a world where belief turns to disbelief,  the annunciation becomes the renunciation and the course of history is altered.  Paintings, collaged works on paper and mixed media cut-outs will be on view.

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