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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.


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

clarejorgensen.com

instagram.com/clarejorgensenstudio

facebook.com/clarejorgensenstudio

twitter.com/ClareJStudio


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.

Stay connected: instagram.com/erikalblock

Photographers, Corey and Cindy Hoppenrath to be featured in Art SLAM

Two early members of Lakeshore Artists Guild, Corey and Cindy Hoppenrath are Manitowoc residents, and Wisconsin based photographers, who have enjoyed traveling and the outdoors all of their lives.  The last twenty plus years, they have been doing their favorite things together, cameras in hand.

Their subjects vary from scenic, wildlife, still life, and most recently, daily life on a small farm.  

Per Corey, “The project that I started working with father/son farmers that raise cash crops of corn and wheat, and also do custom harvesting for other farmers. There are also dairy farmers involved, and yes, those farmers need to milk 2 to 3 times a day every day.  So if the farmers want a day off, they need

someone to take over the operation while the famer is gone.”  Agricultural life is often very busy, or quite slow. When planting and harvesting, a farmer will work as long as the weather holds good. 14 to 16 hour days are common. “For now,” Corey explains, “The project is on hold for now, but hopefully it will start up again soon.”  

Corey and Cindy are part of the Rural Arts Roadtrip, which is a tour of artist studios this year on October 12th and 13th.  They work in a space on a farm west of Chilton. Visit for info: http://www.ruralartsroadtrip.com

Corey’s work has been seen in Midwest Review for 4 years in a row; as well as part of the “Wild and Scenic Wisconsin” calendar for 2014.  Both Cindy and Corey’s work has been exhibited at Silver Lake College.  

For a fuller look at their work, visit: http://www.choppenrathphoto.com  as well as their facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/CoreyHoppenrathPhotography/

Both Corey and Cindy now work in digital formal.  In Corey’s words; “I went kicking and screaming into the digital age. I loved getting the little yellow boxes of slides from the lab – and the excitement AND disappointment of looking at your work for the first time.  But we now love the instant feedback that you get from digital.  It also gives us the freedom to take creative risks with some of our images.  When in the past we might not have tried a shot because of cost of film and developing, now we can take whatever we want and just delete the misses”.

Originally, Cindy comes from Stevens Point, while Corey is from Hustisford WI.  Whether in the backyard wildflower garden, standing on the shore of a quiet Wisconsin lake, or on a mountain in the open west, they enjoy capturing the beauty before them and relaying the feeling that inspired them to stop and photograph the scene. They find Manitowoc a good place to live while being inspired by it’s natural beauty.  Travel now is their main goal; Cindy loves Grand Teton National Park and Corey’s favorite is Glacier National Park.  Both of them are developing a love for Alaska.  

For the inaugural Art Slam, both Corey and Cindy will be doing photography in the downtown area.  

 

Paint Your Pet Workshop at EBCO ArtWorks

 

For Immediate Release:

EBCO ArtWorks

1201 Erie Ave

Sheboygan, WI

Call: (262) 416-1ART (1278)

Peg Haubert, SVA Volunteer Marketing/Communications Lead

920-452-2699 (cell phone) 414-861-2025 – peghaubert@yahoo.com

 

“Paint Your Pet”

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Sheboygan Visual Artists is pleased to announce a new painting party series happening in the Art Factory. “Paint Your Pet” with SVA Artist Lori Scherer.

Three sessions are offered:

  • Thursday January 14, 2016 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday January 23, 2016 | 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Thursday January 28, 2016 | 7:00pm-10:00pm

Fee: $45 includes a 16×20 canvas, acrylic paints, all materials, supplies, snacks, and a beverage. You may bring your own favorite bottle of wine if you wish.

To register please send us your name and phone number and a digital photo of your pet to svaartfactory@gmail.com. Please put “Paint Your Pet” in the subject line.

We will crop it, resize it, and apply it to a canvas. Our artists will have the painting areas clearly mapped out for you. The primed 16×20″ canvas is then ready for you to create a one-of-a-kind pet masterpiece. Any pet will work, only one pet per canvas.

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UW-Sheboygan hosts Skin Deep Exhibition featuring works by Sara Risley

UW-Sheboygan

Fine Arts Building

One University Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081

Photos by Dale Van Minsel.

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Dale Van Minsel, photographer

Born in Wisconsin. Currently live and work in Southeastern Wisconsin. Dale has worked with the art and craft of photography since 1978 having served as event and public relations photographer for two local colleges over the course of my professional career. His personal work mostly involves creating unique images using the iPhone and photo apps. I’ve always enjoyed creating “altered landscapes” using whatever medium was available at the time but iPhoneography and photo apps really allow him to create unique images without cost or equipment limitations. He has participated in exhibitions throughout East-Central Wisconsin as well as participated in group exhibits in New York City and Ferrara and Verona Italy. He is an artist member of Sheboygan Visual Artists and a professional level member of Wisconsin Visual Artists.

Website: www.dvanminsel.com

ARTDOSE Vol. VII now available

Artdose Vol VII Cover

Artdose can be found in any of the listed locations below.

Two Fish Gallery, 244 East Rhine Street, Elkhart Lake 53020

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac 54935

Artisan Shoppe by CIFCA, 214 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Neenah 54956

Seranya Studios Art Boutique, 307 East Mill Street, Plymouth 53073

Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mills Street Plymouth 53073

Knaak+Juarez Studio, 1310 Wisconsin Avenue, Sheboygan 53081

Frank Juarez Gallery, 1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan 53081

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan 53081

UW-Sheboygan, Fine Arts Gallery, One University Drive, Sheboygan 53081

Sheboygan Visual Artists, EBCO ArtWorks, 1201 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 53081

Global Arts, 2402 Franklin Street, Manitowoc 54220

Creative Studios, 5199 Townline Road, Sturgeon Bay 54235

Hands On Art Studio, 3655 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek 54212

Loft Moth Gallery, 7975 Highway 42, Egg Harbor 54209

 

 

Sage Vaughn: Falling Upward at Thelma

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920.921.5410

thelmaarts.org

Sage Vaughn: Falling Upward

Exhibit Dates: May 15 – August 10, 2014

Sage Vaughn has exhibited in London, Switzerland, Germany and Los Angeles, where he calls home.

Vaughn is an L.A.-based painter and illustrator, best recognized for his wildlife series depicting colorful butterflies, owls and sparrows, in otherwise melancholic, city scenes. Although as a teen he started out spraying graffiti around the San Fernando Valley, California, where he was raised, it was a scene he quickly outgrew. He is interested in the interface between “mans’ wild side and animals’ civilized aspects.”

His father was also a painter and used to take Vaughn to L.A. Zoo, where the pair would sit and sketch animals all day. In his most recent paintings, Wildlives, Vaughn paints children playing against the same faded, urban scenes against which he places wildlife, drawing comparisons between the liberty and survival skills of each. He has had widely acclaimed solo shows in New York, Geneva, and London.

Vaughn also has connections to major rock bands. He has a major exhibition curated by the Beastie Boys’ Mike D at the Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. 

 

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts 2014 Inaugural Membership Exhibition

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts

51 Sheboygan Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

thelmaarts.org

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts 2014 Inaugural Membership Exhibition runs from May 8 through June 22, 2014

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Dale Van Minsel, photographer

Born in Wisconsin. Currently live and work in Southeastern Wisconsin. Dale has worked with the art and craft of photography since 1978 having served as event and public relations photographer for two local colleges over the course of my professional career. His personal work mostly involves creating unique images using the iPhone and photo apps. I’ve always enjoyed creating “altered landscapes” using whatever medium was available at the time but iPhoneography and photo apps really allow him to create unique images without cost or equipment limitations. He has participated in exhibitions throughout East-Central Wisconsin as well as participated in group exhibits in New York City and Ferrara and Verona Italy. He is an artist member of Sheboygan Visual Artists and a professional level member of Wisconsin Visual Artists.