Dean Bradshaw, Martha Fieber, Steve Paul Klein, and Richard Patt
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 27th, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: - Martha Fieber and Paul Klein, Sunday, May 27th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs May 25th - July 2nd
From an early age, oil painter Dean Bradshaw’s closest friend was the nature he found outside his door in the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California -- and by the time he was in grade school, he was translating his experiences to paper and canvas. Now living in the mountains of Southern Utah, he seeks to achieve an abstract quality to his plein air work, using a brush and a palette knife to turn his visual wonderland into compelling landscapes. This emphasis on texture leads to a more spontaneous way of painting -- one that he remarks is “more on the feeling side than the technical side.”
Fiber artist Martha Fieber uses layer upon layer of hand-stitching, subtle color, and plenty of intricate details to create her complex compositions, which she titles “Landscapes in Thread.” To her, these landscapes express a connection to the outside world, and encourage the viewer to contemplate the ongoing interconnectedness of all things. Working with single strands of silk, rayon, and hand-dyed cotton threads as well as four types of stitches, Fieber seeks to achieve a depth and perspective to her work, which echoes her feeling that there are several layers to everything we see in the world.
For nearly 20 years, creating sculptural lighting has been Paul Klein’s passion, but his love of the waters and forests and the wonder and discovery therein began as a young child. Klein’s work with lamps bring together his love of nature, his college studies in managing resources and sharing environmental awareness, and his need to share the ebb and flow of life.
From the materials he gathers and blends together as if they grew together, to his personal reflections on form, shape, and texture, each of Klein’s pieces have a story to tell. It’s his hope that each work takes viewers to a special place -- a landscape within home.
Acrylic painter Richard Patt’s muse is the rural landscape of Wisconsin, and his love for sturdy barns, peaceful farms, and sweeping fields can be traced back to his childhood on a farm west of Milwaukee. These are not the sleepy, pastoral farms often seen in a more traditional style -- Patt’s treatment is a striking, energetic balance between representation and abstraction. His bright colors, pronounced shapes, and geometric patterning merge together to create a quilt-like approach to the landscape --and Patt’s goal with these vibrant works is to bring new pleasures beyond the surface of things.
Pamela Murphy and Stephanie Evans
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 5th, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: -
Exhibit runs July 5th - August 6th
Door County artist Pamela Murphy’s work has long been focused on the artist’s collection of old photographs, whose figures she chooses as the basis for her paintings. “The people whose lives are recorded in those pictures are strangers to us—yet at the same time, there’s a familiarity,” she says. “They remind us of ourselves, our families, and our issues—on levels that are both personal and cultural.” Murphy presents her figures on rich and textured surface, with many layers of paint to reveal the history of the canvas and isolate the form of each figure. “The viewer can then bring their own specific history to the painting, so a single image can mean different things to different people,” she says. “The goal is for the viewer to find a little of themselves in the work.”
Studying the dress form -- and exploring the stories of that dress-wearer through a variety of objects, reliefs, and textures -- is something Door County ceramic artist Stephanie Evans never tires of. Clothing is often the most functional and outward part of a person’s appearance, and Evans’ hand-built dresses tell the story of the imagined wearer’s thoughts, dreams, and desires.
Her dresses offer her the chance to immerse herself in figurative work without being too specific and enable her to connect with her viewers, who relate to the characters she is creating. Evans’ dresses are like meeting a new friend, each with their own personality and history.
Jean Crane, Lois Eakin, Kristy Goggio and Renee Schwaller
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 9th, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: -Jean Crane - Friday, August 10th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs August 9th - September 14th
Watercolor artist Jean Crane draws upon the natural world, in all of its life cycles, for her inspiration. Whether her subjects are lush and fresh, or decaying and withering, she strives to make a sensual statement with her work.
Plant life is Crane’s most beloved subject matter, and she uses transparent watercolors to create a balancing act of color and value. Flowers carefully composed in graceful still-lifes or dramatically described in their natural abandon; an image of single monumental flower or an abundance of exotic blooms – and she strives to captures their fleeting beauty with energy and reverence for the life they have emerged from, and to which they are returning.
With an art education that includes Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and the Palette and Chisel, oil painter Lois Eakin found herself inspired by the paintings of the Dutch Masters and the 20th century realists. Painting the objects of everyday life, Eakin reminds us not to take the beauty of anything -- a vase, an onion, a flower, a bowl -- for granted. Her representations of domestic reality are accompanied by the technique of chiaroscuro -- guiding a viewer’s eyes through her paintings by the use of light -- as well as by paying close attention to color, value, and edges. What results are still-lifes and everyday objects that have both a striking sense of history and a resounding sense of energy.
Egg Harbor artist, Renee Schwaller introduces a new sculptural series called “WE”, which celebrates our differences and our oneness. "We" people are about unity, working together, respecting one another and loving each. They have no specific gender, religion or race. They are adorned with images from nature and their third eye represents spirituality and intuition.The rich colors and varied characteristics of the different clay bodies represent the beauty of all races in the world. The glass bowls, which some of the we people are holding, are a metaphor for what we really need in life. Most of the bowls are empty because what we really need in life is not tangible, but is something we can all share and offer to one another.
This show is about celebrating our differences and our oneness. In working together, respecting one another and loving each other, we can save the human race, and what we really need, our home (a healthy planet).
Women and birds have been the backbone of mixed media artist Kristy Goggio’s work for over 30 years, and the artist says this is because these two images “connect to our souls is an almost intrinsic way.” The women in Goggio’s works symbolize many themes -- femininity, a nurturing presence, and a nod to Mother Nature.
Goggio’s work, through her usual themes, symbolizes the memories and contemplations we carry with us.
TOWNLINE ART FAIR
Saturday, October 6th & Sunday, October 7th - Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4
A juried art fair exhibiting the work of more than 75 professional artists from across the Midwest exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine. Glass, pottery, metal sculpture, paintings, photography, fiber art, and woodworking will be under tents for the 5,000 people that annually attend the show.