Martha Fieber, Wesley J. Hunting, Shelby Keefe, and Liz Maltman
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 25th, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: - Shelby Keefe, Sunday, May 26th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs May 24th - July 8th
Impressionistic oil painter Shelby Keefe says she’s passionate about drawing and depicting her subjects with honesty and well as expressiveness, saying her goal is to create “a fresh perspective to the recognizable world without being predictable or mundane.” She enjoys tackling complex subjects in her work—urban cityscapes, human figures—in the “alla prima” method, or “wet-on-wet” painting. This and utilizing an underpainting technique of complementary colors results in works that are elaborate without being overly-worked—paintings that say more with less.
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.
Justin Hunting believes that any object, no matter how simple, can be transformed into a complex and interesting new form. This being the central theme in his work, Justin uses traditional glassblowing techniques and styles to create sculpture that is truly extraordinary.
"I think the greatest quality of the glass medium is not its inherent shimmer and beauty, but its infinite potential in terms of form and design. With this in mind, I strive to create the most unique and original forms that I can possibly imagine. "
Growing up in Chicago, painter Liz Maltman spent most of her summers in Fish Creek, Wisconsin—and moved permanently to Door County in 1974. From her first job managing Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery to her previous ownership of The Magic Jacket, a women’s “art-to-wear” clothing store, art has been a constant in her life. 15 years ago, she discovered painting en plein air, and found the style perfectly complementary to her love of silent sports. Her bright and innovative use of color, technique, and pattern can be seen in her landscapes and portraits in pastel, acrylic, and oil.
Nathan Bennett, Pamela Murphy and Nicholas Stelter
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 11th, 4-7 pm
Exhibit runs July 11th - August 5th
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.”
Art has always been a part of glass artist Nicolas Stelter’s life—and his passion was nurtured working alongside his grandfather in his woodworking shop and watching his ceramic artist mother. A long-time working relationship with a nationally-recognized glass artist further shaped his art and vision, with explorations into stone and concrete casting. Stelter’s unique glass pieces are sculpted within the kiln before being cold-worked and polished to create the soothing shapes and organic lines that are a common theme of his work. His studies in the purity of shape and simplicity in form combine to create surprisingly complex pieces—ones that mimic the unpredictability of nature.
Utah-based artist Nathan Bennett works in a medium like no other. His stunning work is created out of a processed called patina, where iron, silver, copper, and other chemical compounds are applied to a silicon bronze plate to create a variety of colors and textures. Fire from a handheld torch is used to infuse the chemicals onto the bronze, merging the compounds with the metal. In describing his work, Bennett quotes “In times past, I would have had the title sorcerer, alchemist, conjurer, or magician… In modern times, I am called a Master Patineur.” Bennett has spent the past 20 years mastering this technique, and continues to explore its possibilities. “I paint with the intent of saying something. This is the intersection where the viewer hears what I think, knows what I say, and feels what I feel.”
SUE ROSENGARD JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW
Friday, July 26th - 10-5 & Saturday, July 27th, 10-5
My contemporary jewelry is hand fabricated primarily in silver, gold and black. Whether a piece is a free form wire shape, formed entirely by hand using only pliers or mandrels, or a cast geometric three dimensional shape, I consider each design a small sculpture to wear.
The designs appeal to people across all ages and tastes and my goal is to have my customers wear a piece of jewelry that complements their own style and personality.
Sue Benner, Kristy Goggio, and Kathie Wheeler
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 8th, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: -Kathie Wheeler - Friday, August 9th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs August 8th - September 13th
The story of fiber artist Sue Benner is one of life becoming art. Her love affair with fabric began with the first memories of the clothes her mother made her. While pursuing a degree in molecular biology and a master’s in biomedical illustration, Benner was continually drawn to the visual. Seeing patterns everywhere, she created her vision of the microscopic universe in painted and quilted textile construction. Creating original dyed and painted fabrics and combining them with recycled textiles, she creates form fields to structured pattern, vivid beauty, and what she refers to as “riotous variation.” In Benner’s world, “form follows function”, and the resulting form is always beautiful in its solution.
As a young child, oil painter Kathie Wheeler was drawn to the spirit of the artists of the French Barbazon, the Hudson River School, and the American Impressionists—those that took to the fields and woods with their sketchbooks and paints to record the beauty of their surroundings. Her love for painting en plein air is an embodiment of this interest. Wheeler’s home—a small farm in southwest Wisconsin— is a significant inspiration on her work, and her paintings reflect the experience of her life in the valley in the way that only someone who has lived and worked the land here can.
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 contemplation’s we carry with us.
TOWNLINE ART FAIR
Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th - 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.