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Artdose Magazine – coming this Summer 2019

We are pleased to announce that our current Artdose Art Guide will go through a re-design to bring more content happening in the visual arts in Wisconsin. Since 2013, Artdose has been connecting and supporting artists, galleries, artist studios, institutions.

This new re-design will include more artist interviews, a curator spotlight section, a growing artist directory, art venue listings, advocacy tips, social club gathering, professional development for artists, community art projects, and so much more….

This Summer 2019 the Artdose Art Guide will be piloted as Artdose Magazine. 

Image: Does not depict actual magazine cover. Serves as an illustration only.

“Artdose Art Guide has been a labor of love and continues to grow and give. We are exposed daily to artists, artworks, exhibitions and art events via submissions and social media. Sometimes it can be difficult to tap into a broader audience using our own resources. Through collaborative efforts we can all share the love for Wisconsin Art. Artdose Art Guide’s success has been finding those audiences via print, website, e-newsletter, and social media to share all of the amazing things happening in our communities”.- Frank Juarez, Publisher

Wisconsin art and artists matter


For the past five and half  years we have been putting together an art publication called the Artdose Art Guide as a way to connect and support [art] communities in North East and South East Wisconsin and to promote those working in the visual arts whether it being an artist, an artist run space, non-profit art center, art incubators, etc. We believe we all share a common goal by introducing, offering, and engaging others with diverse art experiences created through our arts programming and services.


What began in 2013 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as a 12-page black and white art publication has grown into a 24-page full color art publication focused on local art content (2014). Today, it has evolved into an 11 x 17 inch French fold publication with dedicated pages for art venues, artist directory, ads, and a quarterly featured artist. Circulation increased from 600 (2013) to 3,000 (2018) issues being distributed throughout North East and South East Wisconsin.

What Make Us Unique

We are more than just an art publication. We believe in maintaining and nurturing professional relationships with those that support us. One way of achieving this is to continue to think outside the box by creating opportunities for the public to engage in beyond print. We are truly about collaboration and continue to connect our art communities across the state of Wisconsin.

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To learn how you can become a part of this publication simply fill out the form below and we will email you a PDF with detailed information.

We are currently accepting submissions from now through June 1, 2019.

Artdose Art Guide VOL XXIV featured artist, Clare Jorgensen

written by Erika L. Block

Clare Jorgensen is a Milwaukee-based encaustic artist with a studio located inside Material Studios + Gallery in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward, a collective that houses the workspaces of about fifteen artists, the Frank Juarez Gallery, and two arts organizations. The space as a whole is predominantly open to the public, where art enthusiasts are able to walk through and speak to the artists as they work. “That’s a lot of art, artists, and inspiration. I appreciate the collegiality of everyone being under the same roof. I feel fortunate to be in the space I create in.”

Clare’s primary medium is encaustic, which consists of beeswax, dammar resin (crystallized tree sap), and pigments. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique derived from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning to heat or burn in. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. Occasionally Clare also works in cold wax medium, which is also beeswax and resin, but with the addition of a solvent. Prior to discovering and immersing herself in encaustics, Clare practiced papermaking, fiber art and surface design. “I chose the medium after I saw several pieces in an exhibition a few years ago. There was such a luminosity and a glow that I had never seen before. I was familiar with the use of wax as a resist in textile and fiber art, but this use of it was a revelation to me. Such simple and natural elements: wax from bees and resin from trees, with an ancient history that could be used with modern tools – it was irresistible to me!” The 20th century has seen a significant rebirth of encaustic work. It is an irony of the modern age, with its emphasis on advanced technology, that a technique so ancient, labor-intensive, and unpredictable should regain such popularity.

Layers are integral to encaustic work. Each piece is built through layers that contrast in ways that are both subtle and obvious. It relays a history and a transition. When beginning a new piece, Clare begins by writing and mark making, setting the stage for the layers to follow. An appealing aspect to the layered nature of encaustic work is that often the artist is the only one who knows the history underneath, and the many iterations that have taken place before the final product. “If someone asks I tell them – but otherwise, it is my secret.” Layering. Concealing. Revealing. Along the way, early elements recede from the surface but are still present, serving as a quiet yet significant foundation for the new elements taking shape above it.

Michael Hedges. 6×6 in. Encaustic, graphite, silverleaf on cradled birch panel. 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

“The evolution in my work began with rudimentary technical skills and the mistaken belief that I could control the process from beginning to end, and therefore the result. I could not have been more wrong and more humbled by the medium. What I have learned, through my own study and research, and through the wisdom of other accomplished artists and teachers, is that there is no ultimate control of the outcome. When you combine fire and beeswax and resin and pigment, you need to allow things to come to you without forcing an outcome.  This can be a difficult lesson, but certainly very worth the trouble. I now only hope to control temperature and air movement and the quality of my materials and my technique. The rest happens in spite of me!  I am not disappointed to learn this lesson. It keeps me humble.”

Clare hopes her work will momentarily transport the viewer into the work and make them feel something that resonates with them, whether familiar or unfamiliar. “It delights me when viewers tell me about experiencing wonder and curiosity viewing my work. It is gratifying to share my visual thoughts and emotions with others through the work.” Looking toward the future, Clare Jorgensen hopes to be able to build on the use of both encaustic and cold wax medium as an expressive means of storytelling, to work larger, and to explore sculptural forms that advance the richness of the work.


To learn more about Clare Jorgensen and her work, please visit:

Erika L. Block is a professional writer and designer working exclusively with the art, music, publishing, film and fashion industries. She is also a contemporary mixed media artist.

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Artdose Artist Directory Spotlight: Claudette Lee-Roseland

Image courtesy of the artist

Claudette Lee-Roseland’s process involves the manipulation of color, value and shape. She starts with the application of many colors in a haphazard fashion, infusing the canvas or board with energy. Colors and shapes overlap one another. At some point, she may cover the support with a transparent color to create a uniformity to the painting. When she begins, she has no preconceived idea of what it will become. That is the fun for her – not knowing what it will become. She uses prearranged colors only when she is working on a commission.

Her mind is active with the concepts of value, color combinations, subtly of color blending, shapes and stroke lines. Crayon is one of her constant tools. She will use the crayons to create color activity and construct shapes with the line. She is continually thinking of the balance between colors, values and shapes. Her desire is to create a rich surface.

Composition and movement are very important to Lee-Roseland. Once she has the basic color combinations and value differences, her eye turns toward the movement throughout the painting as created by the shapes and values. A compositional form will develop which she will enhance by defining shapes or emphasizing values, line or colors.

She works, primarily, in acrylic paint because it dries quickly and allows her the freedom to layer and draw with crayons or pencil. When she works in oils, she uses cold wax as a medium that creates a paste to be applied with a palette knife. Most of her oil paintings are in small format, while her acrylic paintings can be very large. Occasionally, she works in a hot wax known as Encaustic. These paintings are usually collaged with added materials into the layers of wax.

Occasionally, she works outside with the landscape in oil. The Wisconsin landscape has much to offer. Her landscapes may be realistic or in the abstract. She prefers, as a painter, to compose something new rather than do an exact representation of the subject. She is hoping to create a pleasurable experience for the viewer and have them think a bit about the subject. If she is lucky, the viewer may taste or feel the painting as well as see it. Lee-Roseland’s painting, Raspberry Sherbert, has been known to activate taste buds.

She is hoping for a painting that the viewer will not tire of because of the richness of the surface. You will not see everything at the first look.


On Target, Acrylic on board, 24vx 18 inches


Notes from the Garden, Acrylic on Board, 36 x 36 inches


Montenegro, Acrylic on Board, 36 x 36 inches


Cycling, Acrylic on Board, 24 x 18 inches


A New Day, Acrylic on Board, 36 x 36 inches


Professional painter, Claudette Lee-Roseland began her artistic life with drawing lessons from a local painter before she went to kindergarten. Her interest in art was fueled early on with trips to the Chicago Art Institute and paintings hung in her home which she attempted to copy as a child. Art awards in grade school and high school followed. In college, she studied with Lester Schwartz, a well respected Wisconsin artist of the time. Following graduation, she became an educator who added artistic events into her social studies curriculum whenever possible while perusing painting on a personal level.

Claudette’s artistic life soared after taking a job with a local art materials store where she developed an art educational program that related to the products sold in the store. As instructor of the classes, she broadened her knowledge of materials and how to use them to create. During this time, she maintained a studio in the “Pittsburg Building”-now known as the Arts Building in downtown Milwaukee. Participating in the annual Studio Crawl, many of her paintings found homes. At this time, she developed a line of painted tiles that were sold at the Milwaukee Art Museum and numerous retail locations around the country. She now maintains a studio in Cedarburg, WI.

Over the years, Claudette has participated in art fairs, one-man shows and group shows. Her work has not gone unnoticed. Over ten paintings in the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company collection, part of the Serigraph collection, she is found in the collection of numerous companies and private collections. A sought after instructor and private art coach, Claudette has given back to the arts community by serving on the Boards of Wisconsin Visual Artists, Wisconsin Designer Craft Council and Cedarburg Artists’ Guild. She is a Signature Member of the International Acrylic Painters Association and Wisconsin Visual Artists.

A Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities has contributed to her ability to teach beginners in art as well as experiment with art techniques that make her work individual. Loving puzzles and mysteries, she creates paintings that provide the viewer an opportunity to interpret the work with their own meaning. She creates interesting “layers of thought” with each application of paint, working back and forth between transparent and opaque colors, adding lines here and there that disappear and reappear between shapes, creating mystery between what you see and what you don’t see under the paint. Investigation, experimentation and color provide the fun for her with her work. During the summer, she works in Plein Air-outside to capture the light as it moves across the Wisconsin landscape. She is a three-time prize winner in the Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition.

Paintings can be seen at Idea Gallery-Door County, Pink Llama Gallery-Cedarburg, WI, Center St. Studio-Cedarburg, WI (by apt. only), Gallery of Wisconsin Art-West Bend, WI,,,

To be featured as an artist on the Artdose Artist Directory click here for information.


Artdose Art Guide VOL XXII featured artist, Amy Soczka

Written by Erika L. Block

Amy Soczka has dedicated her life to creating contrasting beauty in a constantly evolving environment. She is best known for her large-scale paintings of densely-grown landscapes featuring “not-quite real” flowers and foliage. Her current work is a series of acrylic paintings on canvas depicting lush floral motifs, geometric and natural patterns, and the occasional portrait of imagined figures. She is inspired in part by the patterns in nature and architecture, and is heavily influenced by the illustration and graphic design of styles of the 1980’s. “When I was very young we had Lisa Frank designs on everything, and I remember being so impressed by this person whose drawings were everywhere but I had no concept of how that worked. I loved how crazy those designs were, so perfectly 80’s. We are so inundated with imagery in a new way now – constantly taking in information and processing it however we do, and I probably have hundreds of artists that I love now that reach a bit beyond the cover of my 4th grade Trapper Keeper®.” Later on, she saw a poster of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” which sparked a passion for the artist and others like him, finding herself drawn to the unique color palette and geometric designs. It is easy to spot this unlikely combination of influences, as well as her former career in graphic design, within Soczka’s current body of work.

Amy earned her BFA from MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design) and studied for one year at Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin, Italy. She was employed as a graphic designer for ten years and ran a small wholesale stationary business on the side before becoming an artist full time. Soczka realized that the traditional workplace was not for her, and “said goodbye to the desk life” when her first child was born. She purchased a home that included a large pole barn (previously used as a vintage car museum) and created an ideal studio space, which changed her entire approach to her work. “It is quite literally my younger self’s dream come true.”
Her greatest hope for anyone viewing her work is that it causes pause. “I would like to imagine someone standing as close as they can get to the work, and for them to get lost in a daydream.” She also hopes that viewers will find their own ideas and meanings within the work. “I feel like we all have some overlapping stories, I just hope my work makes an appearance in a few new ones.”

Amy’s work is included in the permanent collection at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas as well as in the homes of several private collectors. To learn more about Amy Soczka and her work, please visit and follow her on Instagram at

Click here to see her work.

Click here to hear her interview on FRANK & CO Podcast. 

Get your hands on a copy at the following locations: Eighty Art & Design, Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC, The Pink Llama Gallery, Plymouth Arts Center, Riverwalk Art Center, and the Algoma Chamber of Commerce. 

Erika L. Block is a professional writer and designer working exclusively with the art, music, publishing, film and fashion industries. She is also a contemporary mixed media artist.

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“Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” Exhibition featuring works by Kathryn Dreifuerst

This series of oil paintings and one ceramic sculpture are inspired by the words of poet T.S. Elliot.

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
51 Sheboygan St. Fond du Lac, WI
January 11- February 24, 2018
Lake Reading Series 
Kathryn will read T. S. Elliot’s poem, “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the poem that inspired the series of paintings now on exhibit at Thelma. 
Tuesday, January 16   6:30-8:00pm
Artist’s Exchange Friday
Kathryn will discuss her series, “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?” in a conversation with curator Tara Schultz. The audience is welcome to ask questions and view the exhibit. For Thelma members.
January 19, 6:30pm

Two Fall Workshops at Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC

Suminagashi Workshop

Instructed by Erika Block

Thursday, October 19 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Suminagashi, which translates to floating ink, is the ancient meditative Japanese practice of gently floating pigments on the surface of water and then capturing the monoprint image on various papers. This workshop includes:

• Review of supplies and preparation
• Instructor demonstration
• Student practice with individual instruction

Each student will leave with as many papers as they care to make, and enough information and experience to continue their own independent practice. All materials included.

2 hours. Recommended for beginners. Limit of 8 students per workshop. Please contact the store to reserve your space.

$30 per participant

Acrylic Pouring Workshop

Instructed by Erika Block

Thursday, November 9 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Acrylic Pouring involves diluting acrylic paints with various types of pouring mediums and silicone. Two methods will be demonstrated for flowing the paint onto the canvas, followed by a variety of spreading techniques and the application of heat to create texture and pattern.

• Review of supplies and preparation
• Instructor demonstration
• Student practice with individual instruction

Each student will leave with two completed 8×10 paintings. Students may purchase or bring additional canvases (8×10 or smaller) of their own to keep creating.

2 hours. Recommended for beginners. Limit of 8 students per workshop. Please contact the store to reserve your space.

$50 per participant

*Flowed paintings take a long time to dry. Please prepare in advance to get your paintings home safely.


Ireland: Rocks & Real Estate Exhibition at GLAS

Ireland: Rocks & Real Estate

Artist Peg Haubert


Reception Sunday, Aug. 20, 1-3 PM

This is the last day of Irishfest in Milwaukee and one day before the total solar eclipse. Seems a perfect day for coffee, scones, stories and stones.

924 N 14th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081

Glas Coffee House

On view thru September


This show is a stroll thru Ireland – down memory lane. Peg spent a total of 11 weeks exploring Ireland, Scotland and many of the smaller Islands a while back and finally had 20 of the thousands of slides taken printed – to refresh her memory. Each area contains astounding landscapes no matter the time of year.

Views of sacred ruins, cairns, stone circles and the now the famous Tory Island situated 9 miles off the coast of Donegal, home to the last King of Ireland whose also a painter are featured in the show. Catch a view of the midnight sun.

It is true – everything that ever happened in Ireland is still evident.

Rocks and trees hold elaborate stories. Perhaps you know a few? Come and share them on Sunday. You do not have to be Irish to appreciate this show.

Photos printed on canvas.

Photos printed on paper with encaustic a topcoat.

All are for sale. Sizes vary.

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Mon-Wed…7 AM – 8 PM