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Arts Day Wisconsin 2019

On March 12th, Arts Wisconsin hosted its annual Arts Day at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Frank Juarez Gallery/Artdose Art Guidewere a donor sponsor of this highly anticipated advocacy event for the Arts.

Investment in the arts and creativity is an investment in Wisconsin’s future.  Arts Day 2019 celebrates the diversity and variety of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial arts and creative sector, demonstrates the ways in which creativity revitalizes communities across the state, and shares those stories with representatives and decision-makers.


Beasts and Critters at Riverwalk Art Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Contact: Kathryn Dreifuerst

Riverwalk Art Center manager

33 W. 2nd Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

(920) 979-6208

riverwalkarts@mail.com

BEASTS AND CRITTERS

Nicci Martin, “The Bird Knows the Way,”acrylic, 12 x16 inches, 2018.

Riverwalk Art Center will host a reception for “Beasts & Critters” on Friday, January 25 from 5:00-9:00 pm during the Fond du Lac Gallery Night.  The invitational art exhibit will show the work of four artists: Kathy Dittmer, Debra Lee Hellwig, Nicci Marin, and Jeanne Snowhook. All four artists are recognized as creators of art that features animals, either realistically or whimsically depicted. The exhibition can be viewed until March 22.

In addition, mother and son artists,  Nina and Malachi Schmidt, will demonstrate their painting and drawing skills during the reception.  Malachi will do commissioned pet portraits from photographs. Their work is frequently shown at Riverwalk Art Center.           

Other Gallery Night venues open on January 25 include Ubuntu Art Space, Gallery & Frame Shop, and Trista Holz Studios. This event is free and open to the public.

Find current information on Fond du Lac Gallery Night at tourthetownfdl.com.

Paint the Towns: Paintings of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls at the Plymouth Arts Center

A message from Donna Hahn, Executive Director, Plymouth Arts Center

We cordially invite you to the Plymouth Arts Center, this Friday, September 28, 2018, from 6 to 9pm to view and bid on original paintings of Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls, and our beautiful rural areas! Come and meet the artists, see the complete collection of paintings that are being created during Paint the Towns, En Plein Air 2018, and bid on your favorite piece at the silent auction. There will be live music, complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar. Admission for the “Paint the Towns” gala is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors; don’t miss your opportunity to own an original painting of our beautiful area for your home or office, or as a one of a kind gift!

The paintings on display and up for bid at the Plymouth Arts Center will be created outdoors “plein air” during the Arts Center’s annual “Paint the Towns, En Plein Air” event. Artist Dan Rizzi of Plymouth is graciously coordinating the event as a fundraiser for the Plymouth Arts Center. Artists from all over the state of Wisconsin and beyond are participating in this ninth annual paint-out and will be competing for cash and merit awards. Place your vote on Friday night for the painting that best depicts Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls in the Viewer’s Choice category.

Unsold paintings at the Silent Auction will be on display and for sale through October 13th only at “Buy It Now” fixed price.

Hope to see you this Friday Night!

 

Inaugural Art Slam Manitowoc: a BIG Hit!

Written by Jody Kuchar for the Lakeshore Artists Guild

The Lakeshore Artists Guild excitedly premiered their grand idea this past weekend with the inaugural Art Slam Event.  By all standards, Art Slam was a great success.  Leading up to, and the first day of Art Slam, interest was very high; and if Facebook is a measure of social ‘reach’, Art Slam Manitowoc interacted with over 14,000 people. If it is true that “Art Transforms Communities”, transformations were in evidence September 15th and 16th in Manitowoc.  

To make Art Slam a reality, a year of planning was required.  Numerous connections established with local business owners, community leaders, media outlets, public spaces such as Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc Farmers Market, and Rahr-West Art Museum.  Our local businesses rose to the challenge of hosting an event such as Art Slam, which could not have happened without their financial support.  The City of Manitowoc embraced Art Slam and made it a civic event.   Beacon Consulting opened their building on Washington to artists to work in, as well as a ‘kids zone’ and, later on Saturday evening, hosted “The Art of Comedy”.  Aspire Real Estate Group LLC made their building at 8th and Quay Art Slam Headquarters with good will Art Slam Ambassadors available during the event to answer questions, sell ‘Bonus Buttons’ and direct foot traffic to single events.   Kathie’s Stage Door Pub hosted Art Slam – Poetry Slam, which was standing room only.  Moore’s Irish Pub Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Street Party kept the artists on 9th and Jay entertained early, while live music played into the evening. Each active member of Lakeshore Artists Guild worked to make Art Slam appeal to the widest audience by encouraging more involvement in the event.

And, Manitowoc now has a new public mural thanks to the efforts of a design team, many community and local business members, students of Silver Lake College and Everyone who stopped by to help paint the mural.  This is truly a public work of art, which is beautiful to look at while engaging people and bringing them out to leave their mark, and to Make Art.

A total of 29 individual artists submitted art at the end of the weekend. An early sampling of work entered into the upcoming exhibition at Rahr-West Art Museum represented both 2 and 3 dimensional works. Considering the works submitted must be created within a two day period, what had come in within the first hour was impressive. A total of 46 pieces of art will be exhibited and judged at the Public Awards Celebration and Exhibit Opening at Rahr-West Art Museum (or “The After Party”), on Friday, September 21st, 6-8 pm, with voting for the Ron Stokes People’s Choice Award, 6-7 pm, and Award Presentations at 7:30pm.  The Public and Everyone is invited and encouraged to vote for their favorite work.

In it’s past history, Manitowoc did have a lively Art scene, which revolved around Courthouse Square Art Show, which was sponsored by the “Little Gallery” group of artists founded by Ron & Dolly Stokes. Among the members was a beginning art patron named Mrs Ruth West; and the birth of a collection came into being; Manitowoc today has Rahr-West Art Museum. 

Things change in a community, people move and older traditions sometimes end.  When fresh faces with fresh ideas move to an area and meet with other enthusiastic citizens, new ideas are implemented, new traditions are born.  Lakeshore Artists Guild hopes to keep creating art in Manitowoc as well as inspiring others to create art – in whatever medium they chose.  The arts are an inclusive gift to humanity; whether visual, literary, music or performance art – Art Transforms.  In the words of one of the poetry slam organizers:  “Art is spirit looking for a home, and that spirit has found a home this weekend.”    

Art Slam take aways:  our local businesses rock! Lakeshore Artists Guild wants to Thank each one of it’s supporters who helped carry this idea to fruition. Without you, there would be no downtown to inspire us – so Thank You to All who were involved even in the smallest ways for helping to make Art Slam the event that it was.

With that, watch this space for the next exciting exhibition and event announcements and see YOU September 21st at the celebration.

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Art Slam Committee Announces Judges for Art Slam

Written for Lakeshore Artists Guild by Jody Kuchar

The Lakeshore Artist Guild members are presenting for the first time ever, Manitowoc Art Slam; an event aimed at getting local artists in the out of doors to create art in the downtown area of the city.  The art, in the spirit of En Plein Air will be created on the spot – with perhaps some planning and pre-set up of materials.  The Lakeshore Artist Guild members are diverse in their media.  The members include painters; oil, water and acrylic on all types of medium.  There are woodturners-carvers, fabric artists, leather workers, paper and hand made book makers. There are photographers and film makers.  There are print makers and writers and potters/ceramic workers.  To adequately represent such diversity, the organizers of Art Slam realized they needed to  have judges with experience in a variety of media.  The three judges decided upon for Art Slam were chosen from amongst teachers, gallery owners, the digital press and working artists. 

The inaugural Art Slam will take place with artists on sites in downtown, on Saturday, September 15th from 9am until 5pm; and Sunday, September 16th, from 9am until 4pm. 

More of the events planned for Saturday, September 15th are a Public Mural Project at the corner of Jay and 9th streets; “Artenlunch”, an opportunity to brown bag your lunch and eat with an artist or two at Manitowoc Public Library from noon to 1:30pm.   Saturday evening the fun continues with “Poetry Slam”, an event sponsored by Lakeshore Artist Guild and part of Art Slam.  Poetry Slam will be at Kathie’s Stage Door Pub at Franklin and 7th Streets, it will begin with established poets reading their work at 6pm.  There will be an open mic portion of the program as well.

It will be a difficult task to judge all of the works created at Art Slam.  Participants will include Lakeshore Artist Guild members as well as any other interested artists.   The judges for Art Slam are:

Art Slam judge Kathryn Dreifuerst

Kathryn Dreifuerst is a Wisconsin painter, potter, gallerist, teacher, and arts advocate. After teaching art for nearly two decades, Dreifuerst left full time teaching to focus on her gallery, Fond du Lac’s Riverwalk Art Center, and,  her own art work in oil painting and ceramics. Dreifuerst’s paintings are often inspired by words; in poetry, prose, or lyrics;  and have recently taken a surreal turn.  The interaction of people in public spaces, self-portraiture as metaphor, and crows are subject matter that Dreifuerst has visited recently. Her oil paintings are guided by Tolstoy’s words: “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”  

Dreifuerst creates functional pottery for daily use. She says she works with clay for the tactile pleasure, and the immediacy of such a forgiving medium. She has recently returned to figurative work in ceramics.

When Dreifuerst is not in her downtown Fond du Lac gallery or Oshkosh studio, she can be found in area art venues; viewing art, lecturing on art, teaching an art workshop, or jurying an art exhibit.

http://www.riverwalkartcenter.com

Art Slam judge Frank Juarez

Frank Juarez is a gallery director, art educator, artist, author, presenter, and arts advocate living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.

Juarez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School. He is actively involved in local, regional, state, and national arts organization such as the Wisconsin Art Education Association, and the National Art Education Association. He has served as a board member in the following organizations: Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Arts Wisconsin, and the Cedarburg Cultural Center. He is the founder/former director of the. In 2011, he has opened his first art gallery, the Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan and has relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has presented at local universities, colleges, galleries, and artist groups on the Business of Art | Art of Business. He is the founder of two projects focused on contemporary art and art education called The Midwest Artist Studios and the 365 Artists 365 Days Project. In 2015, he was awarded the 2015 Wisconsin Art Education Association Teacher of the Year and in 2016, he was awarded the 2016 National Art Education Association Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year, joined the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, joined SchoolArts Magazine as a contributing editor, and co-founded the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection Artist Grant Program. Recently, he has been elected to serve on the National Art Education Foundation Board of Trustees and has been awarded the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2018 Teacher Fellows.   

https://www.fjgmke.com

Art Slam judge Berel Lutsky

Berel Lutsky was born in Buffalo NY and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BS in studio art with a concentration in printmaking from UW Madison, and his MFA in studio art with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from UW Milwaukee. He has taught at several UW Colleges, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Carroll University in Waukesha, and the Avni Institute in Israel. In addition to his formal education he has worked as a printer at the “Fishy Whale Press” in Milwaukee WI, the Tel Aviv Artist’ House Printshop, and has presented workshops and done residencies at the Jerusalem Print Workshop. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally and is in public and private collections in Israel, Belgium, Japan and the US. He is currently a Professor of Art at UW Manitowoc where he teaches drawing, design, photography, printmaking, and painting.

On Friday, September 21st, there is a Public Awards Ceremony and Exhibit opening at Rahr-West Art Museum; with awards presentation at 7:30pm. This is free and open to the Public.

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Art Slam to Award Prizes to Juried Artists 

by Jody Kuchar for Lakeshore Artists Guild

When the key members of Lakeshore Artist Guild began the structure for Art Slam as an event, it was quickly decided that to attract artists from outside the immediate area, there needed to be incentive, or motivation to participate by artists other than guild members.  The committee quickly approved a jury of three who would decide the recipients of two cash prizes as awards.  Those prizes will be given by Artists, Educators, and Community Advocates for the arts. The awards are named in honor of accomplished artists who are widely known, but stayed here in the Manitowoc – Two Rivers area where their work enriched our community.  In addition to the cash prizes, the Prize Givers will be personally adding their own gift/award. 

For the 2018 Inaugural Art Slam, the Prizes will be awarded by Barbara Bundy-Jost, Jeanne Mease, representing the Lester Bentley committee of the Two Rivers Historical Society and, Ron Stokes.

Ron Stokes  has been a working artist for much of his adult life.  Ron received his BS and MS degrees in Art Education from UW Milwaukee.  He taught in Milwaukee schools and Manitowoc School district for 32 years.  Until Ron retired in 1990, he was art supervisor in the Manitowoc schools.  Mr Stokes helped the art department move into the computer era, disciplined based art education, and developed an award winning March/Youth Art Month Program which continues today.  Mr Stokes was a John Hays Fellow (alternate) and a member of the J Paul Getty DBAE Process Group.  He was also the president of the Wisconsin Art Education Association.  Through 1970 he was the Director of a federally funded ESEA program, Art A Primary Source to enrich social studies.  Mr Stokes has been associated with Rahr West Art Museum association and was on their board of directors.  Since he retired, Ron has operated Gallery East and has been associated with NASCO International developing products.  Ron also supervises interns and student teachers for UWGB and UW-Plattville.  Ron also is cultural arts judge for the Wisconsin department of agriculture, where he judges arts and crafts and antiques.

Ron Stokes is a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Green Bay Watercolor Guild, Wisconsin and National Education Association, Wisconsin Education Association, and the Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art.  In 2009, Ron was awarded the Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts. 

Ron is married to Maureen “Dolly,”  who, along with Ron, founded Courthouse Square Art Show, which was sponsored by the ‘Little Gallery’ group of artists, who met at the Rahr West Museum.  Among the members of Little Gallery was beginning art collector, Ruth West.  The Courthouse Square Art Show was an annual event for 14 years.

Ron is an avid watercolor painter and occasionally teaches introductory watercolor for UW Outreach in Northeast Wisconsin.  His work focuses on the experimental side of the medium – seeing what can be done with the material.  He has a love of large Wisconsin land and seascapes featuring dramatic skies and warm lights.  Ron says; “There is nothing you can’t do with the watercolor medium.”

You can see Ron’s work at Gallery East, 930 South 7th Street, which is open Thursdays from noon until 8PM, and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am through 4pm.  Gallery East is proud of the hundreds of art object that have been placed in homes and business establishments here, nationally and even internationally.  Many visits are by appointment and are very welcome.  Contact Gallery East 920.684.8226.

Born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Lester Bentley decided he wanted to be an artist at an early age. His first exhibit was at the Manitowoc county fair. The thirteen-year-old eighth grade student, earned two firsts and two seconds in competition with professional artists.

While working as a sign painter, he was urged to apply for a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago by the Two Rivers High School art teacher, Bonnie (Nahrath) Zuehl. His talent was recognized, he was awarded the scholarship and continued to receive it for four years including the first ever for post graduate work.

His travels took him to Haiti, Florida, Georgia and Mexico where he learned the egg tempera technique. During the summers of 1933-1934 he taught art at Two Rivers and Manitowoc Vocational Schools and completed murals for Sacred Heart Church in Two Rivers. In 1935 he worked for the WPA’s Federal Arts Project and in 1942 competed for the commission to paint murals for the new DePere (WI) Post Office. The subject was to be the burning of the St. Francis Xavier mission in 1687. He painted three pieces as a triptych; the first is of Father Claude Allouez blessing a corn field, one is a settler carrying a dying convert out of the fire, and the third of Nicholas Perrot paddling a canoe in the Fox River. These are now displayed at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay.

During World War II, Chief Petty Officer Bentley produced art as his service in the U.S. Coast Guard. His most famous works of this time were his recruitment posters. His original SPARS, a woman in the U.S. Coast Guard, is currently displayed at the Washington House Museum in Two Rivers, WI. He also painted portraits of military officers until his discharge in 1946. After the war he stayed in White Plains, New York where he met and married Constance Lolien. They eventually moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, buying a home and a studio in 1953 and returning to his summer studio in Two Rivers.

Eventually specializing in portraiture, Bentley worked for Portraits Incorporated in New York and did private commissions. Among his subjects were: President Dwight D. Eisenhower (the Two Rivers collection includes one of the two that were painted), U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William O. Douglas, four Wisconsin Governors and University of Wisconsin president Conrad Elvehjem. His portraits and paintings are said to be represented in over 300 private and public collections though this number continues to grow as more pieces are discovered. Bentley was also an accomplished lithographer and an art teacher.

Bentley has been represented in many important shows such as the Carnegie, the San Francisco, Chicago and New York World’s Fairs, American Annual and Chicago show at the Art Institute of Chicago and his work was displayed at the National Gallery in London and the Kremlin in Moscow.

Easiest for public viewing, is the collection at the Lester Public Library made available by the Two Rivers Historical Society. Bentley’s work can also be found in the permanent collections of Columbia University; and, in these Wisconsin museums: the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin State Historical Society and Chazen Museum of Art, UW Madison, and, the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, and,  Rahr West Art Museum in Manitowoc.  More of his otherwise unknown paintings continue to emerge.  To view some of Lester Bentley’s work online, follow these links: 

http://www.tworivers-history.org/museums/#/lester-bentley-art/

https://lesterpublic.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/local-history-alive-lester-bentley-from-two-rivers-high-school-to-painting-the-president-of-the-united/

Barbara Bundy-Jost was born during the Barbie Doll era and named the same by her pediatrician, Barbara Bundy-Jost denies modeling her life after the plastic icon. Although she is immediately mesmerized by women’s accessories, (particularly handbags and shoes) and she does hold a fascination for 50’s/ 60’s fashion and guys with 3-letter names like Ken or Jim, she flatly denies Barbie’s influence on her life.

Barb has spent the better part of her life working for the Manitowoc Public School District as an art teacher, a 21st Century Communications team teacher, an International Baccalaureate Coordinator and Visual Art Teacher and CAS (Creative, Action and Service) Coordinator. Her days are filled with activities that inspire community youth to create, contribute and value the world in which they live. As an active community member who is devoted to the arts, Barb supports and continues to develop initiatives like Sputnikfest, Chairs for Charity, Community Art Exhibits, The Art Doctor, Stage Door Pub Summer Theatre, the HFM Maritime Marathon, Evergleams on Eighth, and the development of Traditional and Digital Art Programming through public education curriculum. Barb is the 2013 recipient of the Wesley Teply Community Service Award in the Arts; a service award established in 1999 by the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association to recognize people who substantially contribute to the arts in the greater Manitowoc area.    

Barb also serves on the library’s board of directors, is Community Service Coordinator at Lincoln and constantly tries to figure out how to be retired! Because of her love of art and her belief in the power of art to make you smart, Barb celebrates the work of all Artists and works diligently promoting art programming and activities for all ages.

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The Light of Thy Favor exhibition at the Plymouth Arts Center

Plymouth Arts Center

“The Light of Thy Favor” Exhibition in Gallery 110 North  

Featuring Artists Colette Odya Smith & Tom Kubala

Exhibition Dates: August 10, 2018 through October 5, 2018

Contact: Donna Hahn, Executive Director

Phone: (920.892.8409) Email: donna@plymoutharts.org

Web: www.plymoutharts.org


PLYMOUTH, WI – Artists and close acquaintances Colette Odya Smith and Tom Kubala will be featured in a new exhibition entitled “The Light of Thy Favor,” in Gallery 110 North of the Plymouth Arts Center, August 10, 2018  through October 5, 2018. Odya Smith, a pastel artist, creates thoughtful and tranquil landscapes which blend realism and abstraction. Kubala, a watercolor artist, allows the painting to develop as the colors mix, the result a glimpse of our surroundings in still life and landscapes.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, August 10 from 4:30 to 8:00pm which will be held in conjunction with the Arts Center’s Annual Fundraiser, the “Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl for the Arts.” The exhibit is generously sponsored by Sargento. Admission to the gallery is always free, thanks in part to our generous sponsors.  The Plymouth Arts Center is located at 520 E. Mill Street in Downtown Plymouth, WI officially, “The Cheese Capital of the World.”  For more information about the PAC or the exhibition, please visit our website: www.plymoutharts.org or call 920.892.8409.

About the Artists

Colette Odya Smith has always been an artist, even long before she could name herself that way.  As a child she was happiest in a corner making pictures and art projects; next best was exploring outdoors. She traded her cleaning chores with her brothers for the chance to tend the yard and garden. Growing up in Milwaukee, WI in a large working-class family, the nearby parks and lakes, especially the shores of Lake Michigan became her playgrounds. She said, “the colors, the light, the transformations of the seasons of the upper Midwest seeped into me and my enthusiasm for the landscape has been bubbling up out of me in various ways ever since.”

After earning a degree in Fine Art, Humanities, and Education Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, Colette taught art in Wisconsin schools for a decade and raised two creative children. She continued to make art around the edges. Later on, while taking classes at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design she fell in love with pastels and has been working nearly exclusively with them since.  For the past 20 years, she has been able to focus on her painting career, exploring ways to express the mystery and wonder she feels in the ‘school’ of nature, seeking The Divine hidden in His creation. Using the technique of laying pastels over a watercolor underpainting, Colette has developed methods that expand the expressive range of this versatile medium, at times using ripped and layered surfaces, textured elements and gold and copper leaf.

In High Spirits

Colette’s paintings have been exhibited widely and featured in numerous art publications in the United States and France, receiving many regional and national awards.  She is particularly honored by the recognition of her artist colleagues, having been named a Master Pastellist of le Societe des Pastellistes de France, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and earned Masters Circle designation in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and Distinguished Pastellist honors in the Pastel Society of New Mexico. Her work is displayed in public, corporate, and private collections. She continues to feel blessed to be an artist and to be able to do the work she loves.  Whether painting, teaching, judging, writing, she offers her work in the spirit of service. For more information, visit Colette’s website: http://www.coletteodyasmith.com

Tom Kubala began painting soon after learning to walk. Drawing and painting has been his constant companion ever since. Currently, Tom paints weekly with a group of friends known only to themselves as the Dumpster School. His subjects range from local architecture and landscapes to still life objects. Watercolor has been Tom’s media of choice primarily because of its simplicity and portability, painting plein air (outside) is a particular pleasure for him. Tom finds the major task in painting…. is getting out of the way, both spiritually and physically. Spiritually, to see the painting as it unfolds – without the filter of a concept or abstract notion. Physically, so as not to interfere with the paint’s own mixing – directly on the paper. Tom believes that a painting is a painting, that it must stand on its own as a collection of colored blotches on white paper, a collection that has the ability, if organized properly, to bring life to the world where none existed before. Subject matter is only a starting point for his paintings, an organizing framework for color and value.

Tom is the principal and co-founder of Kubala Washatko Architects, a full service architectural, planning, and interior design firm providing award-winning expertise for a wide range of project types. TKWA was founded in 1980 by Tom Kubala and Allen Washatko. In 2006, the firm received the AIA Firm Award, which is the highest honor given by the state’s professional service organization. Their work has earned over 90 state and national design awards. Tom has participated in designing many local buildings, including the Milwaukee Public Market, the Urban Ecology Center, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, as well as many others throughout the country.

From a recent interview “Architecture Meets WaterColors with Artist Tom Kubala” with Audrey Nowakowski, Lake Effect Producer/WUWM-Milwaukee Public Radio-May 2016

Dancing Olives, Israel

While painting with watercolors and designing buildings might seem like very different pursuits, Kubala says they’re actually much more similar than you might imagine. “The practice of painting and doing architecture is almost the same. What we’ve found is that, in the case of painting, you’re faced with this white paper. And you have the ability, depending on how you organize different blobs of color, to bring a whole life and light to that piece of paper,” he says. “In [an] architectural sense, we use the same skills to create mass and space, or form and non-form, in a certain kind of geometry to create life from… from nothing. It’s like magical.” 

Tom’s paintings are displayed locally and regionally in galleries and in private, corporate, and public collections. He has presented lectures on watercolor painting at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the League of Milwaukee Artists, and the Cedarburg Art Museum, and will occasionally teach a class in drawing and watercolor. He is a member of the Cedarburg Artists Guild. Visit his website: tomkubala.com or follow on Pinterest: pinterest.de/thoskubala/watercolors-tom-kubala

ABOUT THE PLYMOUTH ARTS CENTER:

The Plymouth Arts Center is a non-profit community arts organization founded in 1993 to promote and nurture the visual and performing arts in all of Western Sheboygan County and beyond. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, the PAC has over 400 members and more than 250 volunteers who serve the organization as board and committee members, singers, actors, directors, musicians, and general helpers. The organization is solely supported through membership dues, private and corporate sponsorships, grants, donations, and fundraising events. The PAC’s mission is to: Enliven the Spirit of our Community and To Enrich the Lives of All, by Providing Diverse Experiences in the Arts. 

Wisconsin artists are showcased, during six uniquely different exhibits per year, in PAC’s stunning, recently renovated, Gallery 110 North.  Additionally, the Arts Center offers an ongoing and vibrant schedule of live musical and theatrical performances, art classes and workshops, special annual events, i.e. Jazz & Blues Crawl Fundraiser, Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour in June, Paint the Towns, En Plein Air,(fall outdoor painting competition,) the nationally acclaimed, New Year’s Eve, “Big Cheese Drop,” and more!  New members and volunteers are always welcome. The PAC also serves as an unique backdrop for private gatherings, meetings and special community events. Tour/School groups may schedule docent led visits. Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun. Noon to 3pm; or by special appointment.  Closed on Mondays and Holidays. For more information, please contact the Executive Director, Donna Hahn at donna@plymoutharts.org, or call 920.892.8409.

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