Craig Blietz - Herd

January  19 - March 2

Opening Reception: Gallery Night, January 18, 2019 
Feb. 9th 1:30pm Gallery Talk – Graeme Reid and Craig Blietz 

Craig Blietz's impressive new work, Herd, combines beautifully rendered cows with abstract images of agricultural icons of barns, corn stalks, and tractors, resulting in boldly patterned compositions of shapes and colors. The artist's monumental paintings display recognizable Wisconsin scenes, giving each work a distinct sense of place. 

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Jim Rose - New Structures

December 1 – 29

Primarily working with steel found in scrap yards across the Midwest, Jim Rose employs furniture-making techniques to create beautiful Shaker design and Gee's Bend quilt influenced work. The Gee's Bend quilts, known for their pattern and narrative qualities, were made by women in Gee's Bend, Alabama, beginning in the early 20th century. Unique to Rose is his sensitivities to boundaries between fine art and craft, resulting in striking structures and furniture that is both utilitarian and artistic.

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Mark Forth

December 1 – 29

Delving into a realm of stillness and shadow, Mark Forth's paintings portray antique furnishings, austere architecture and eerie lighting. These objects become interpreters for mute figures that stand, crouch, or recline impassively in softly lit, cinematic scenes of private reflection and the surreal.

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30th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

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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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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Michael Noland

March 24 – April 14
Artist's Reception: Saturday, March 24, 1:30-4pm
Artist's Talk: Saturday, March 24, 2-2:30pm

Influenced by traditional American scenes and Chicago Imagism, Michael Noland's gouache paintings mold a vision that is uniquely his own. His paintings of unique animals and plants seem both darkly surreal and amusing as they pulsate with reverberating colors, exaggeration of form, and repetition of line.

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Cathy Martin

March 24 – April 14
Artist's Reception: Saturday, March 24, 1:30-4pm

A Wisconsin farmer by trade, Martin's photo-realistic paintings recount a long history of early mornings on the family farm. Her work tells the story of a subtle longing for life little changed from generation to generation.

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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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