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Artdose Vol XXV now available online

We are thrilled to release our 25th issue of Artdose Art Guide. Artdose was started in Sheboygan in 2013 as a way to bridge smaller art communities in North East Wisconsin. Today, it continues to promote and connect the visual arts and artists across North East and South East Wisconsin. There are a lot of great art, exhibitions, and events happening over here.

Artdose is one way of bringing it to the forefront.  

Vol XXV issue features artist, Mary Bergs from Benton, WI. 

Image courtesy of the artist

Artdose VOL XXV would be not be possible without the continued support of the following: Art in Algoma: First FridayEighty Art & DesignLakeshore Art Supplies, LLCThe Pink Llama Gallery, and Riverwalk Art Center. 

This issue runs from January 1 – March 31, 2019.

New Additions

On the right side bar, you can visit our sponsors by clicking their name. In addition, you can also click on the artists’ names in our artist directory. 

Wondering what is happening this year? There is a countdown located on the right side bar, which will be used as a way to keep you informed on upcoming exhibitions and events. 

Artdose Art Guide and FRANK & CO have merged to offer your more art at your fingertips via Instagram.com/frankcompany and the FRANK & CO WI art e-newsletter

Artist Mary Bergs interviewed by Erika L. Block [link]

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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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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

October Art Happenings at Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC

Art + Coffee with Mike McArdle
Saturday, October 14th, 10:30am – 12pm

Seating is limited.

Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC hosts a monthly Art + Coffee gathering at 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan. This social event is open to anyone interested in talking about art, recent exhibitions, articles, books, etc. Our monthly featured artist will be present to talk about their work. This event is free to attend. The coffee is generously provided by our friends at Paradigm Coffee and Music.

Please note this will be the very first Art + Coffee hosted at our new location, 1212 N. 8th Street.

Suminagashi Workshop with Erika Block

Thursday, October 19th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This workshop is full. Please contact us to register for the next.

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.

Silk Hoop Painting with Patty Aker

Saturday, October 28th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Please contact the store to register. Seating is limited.

Learn the basic silk painting technique of applying a resist design on silk that is stretched on a metal hoop. This method is called Serti, a French word meaning fence. A special silk paint is then brushed within the resist design and a unique piece of art is created.

Supplies and materials included to make one hoop. Additional hoops will be available for purchase if you’d like to keep creating.


Peg Haubert: Sheboygan Visual Artists

An Interview with Peg Haubert, Marketing/Communications Director for Sheboygan Visual Artists

Interviewed by Erika Block 

What is your role in the operation of SVA?

I have served as the Marketing/Communications Director for SVA since 2013, a full-time volunteer position. My role, in short, is to get the word out about SVA events and to keep members and the public informed of our programming. In addition to writing press releases, overseeing the website, working with the webmaster, administrating facebook pages, developing ads and placing them, creating the annual brochure and calendar, posting events to community calendars, writing newsletters to members and fans, I respond to phone calls and post events on several online calendars, and most recently, became responsible for managing and ordering signage for the exterior of the building.

How has your role changed over time?

Over time, the role changed mostly due to the addition of tasks. I have a good relationship with the local press so I am able to get our news published in a timely manner.  I often recruit volunteers, manage some Final Fridays, ran the Holiday Show and Sale this past year and manned the gallery for three weeks running, maintaining open gallery hours daily. This was the first time the gallery was open for extended hours. It went well. Sales were good.

My role remains a multi-faceted, high intensity job. The saving grace is that SVA has always had good graphic designers in the group to work with, thus I’m able to present the group in a professional manner and that helps a lot. Membership has grown fairly rapidly since I joined the group. Shows have been better attended and sales are beginning to increase. Positive comments abound from many area art venues. SVA is doing a good job of promoting.

Was SVA always located in the EBCO building?  

Yes, I believe, SVA was formed in the EBCO building. As a group, I understand that they did hold art exhibits in various venues around town but were headquartered at EBCO. The art studios being rented in EBCO Artworks created a logical increase in exhibits of local artist’s works and also made it possible for the entire group to exhibit in the space.

What makes this the ideal location?

The location may not be the best, given parking and accessibility issues. However, since it doesn’t cost the group any money to be there, it is the ideal situation to grow an artist-based membership and to encourage them to exhibit and sell their work. EBCO Artworks space is huge with approximately 5,000 square feet of exhibit space. It also provides ample space to work on and develop instructional programs. There is a full kitchen and bar too, which makes public engagement and entertainment quite easy.

What do you feel SVA has brought to the community that did not exist before?

I cannot speak the entire history of Sheboygan with respect to the visual arts, but I do know that SVA has provided a hub for local visual artists of all levels and in all media. EBCO Artworks, thru the generosity of owner, Tim Ebenrieter, and rent from studio artists, provides ample space to stage exhibits, sell work, and engage the public. It is a great place to gather informally to discuss art and conduct workshops.  For example, there is a popular SVA offering called “Art Share” every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 PM, that brings artists together in a casual gathering to talk about themselves and their work. There are opportunities for member artists to develop workshops for the public to attend occasionally. A weekly Life Drawing session is invaluable to artists and is offered Monday’s 6:30 PM for a reasonable $7 fee. More recently, Open Studio hours are being offered on every other Sunday 2-5PM, Still Drawing is on Wednesdays 2-4PM,  Finger Painting Parties on every 3rd Wednesday 6-9 PM. The entire place is starting to pick up energy, however SVA remains an all-volunteer organization with severely limited resources.

What is your definition (as an organization) of building an art community?

The stated purpose of SVA is to provide local and regional artists with a platform to support, empower and promote local artists and their work. SVA is a growing and active network of visual artists and supporters that enrich the community through the visual arts.  Art exhibits change monthly, 10 months of the year, giving all members an equal opportunity to exhibit their work. The exhibits are always free and open to the public.

How do you feel SVA contributes to a thriving, progressive and inclusive art community?

SVA contributes to a thriving art community by virtue of the number of shows that are conducted each year and the number of artists served.  There exists a jury process one must go thru when applying to be accepted into the group.  Dues are $40 a year. This is all fine and dandy, but a truly inclusive art community would provide for people beyond the gifted and talented. Individuals with disabilities are underserved due to lack of program development and lack of direct access.

There is access to the building thru a freight elevator should the time come when the group has staff and energy to devote to people with disabilities or if artists with disabilities apply for membership. It is not inclusive in that sense of the word.  It is inclusive given that public can attend all events for free and artists have the opportunity to show, learn, and improve their art.  Membership continues to grow and has now reached 126 members. Attendance continues to increase yearly. All are welcome, free of charge, to attend exhibits. There is a magnetic draw to the creative energy at work in Sheboygan. Artists are beginning to gravitate here because of the art scene. 

What are a few of the greatest challenges and successes you’ve experienced with SVA?

The biggest challenge remains adequate funding and enough dedicated volunteers to maintain the organization. It continues to amaze me that the quality exhibits happen every month with 20% of the group doing all of the work to make those shows happen. This is not unusual in any volunteer organization, but it is challenging and demands much time an energy expended on the part of those who are able to get things done. Thru the efforts of SVA’s new Secretary, a professional project manager, SVA received a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This was the first ever repeating grant SVA has received. However, it was not quite enough to remove the need for dues or to eliminate the Small Works Project which is SVA’s one major fundraiser of the year.

Sheboygan Visual Artists are located at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan 53081

Tel: 262-416-1278

Email: info@sheboyganvisualartists.com

Web: sheboyganvisualartists.com

Stay Connected with SVA





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

Find her online:

  • facebook.com/erikalblock
  • twitter.com/erikalblock
  • instagram.com/erikalblock
  • pinterest.com/erikalblock

New Issue Available Online, Artdose Art Guide Vol XVIII

We are happy to announce our newest issue of Artdose featuring works by Madison-based artist, Jenie Gao. We also welcome back contributing writer, Erika L. Block to Artdose. This issue has some exciting events/news ranging from the upcoming Plen Air event in Cedarburg to the Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour in Plymouth and Sheboygan, the opening of The Hub in Plymouth to the opening of the Frank Juarez Gallery in Milwaukee.

A huge thanks to our sponsors for their continued support: Cedarburg Artists Guild, The Pink Llama, Two Fish Gallery, Riverwalk Art Center, Global Arts Gallery, Frank Juarez Gallery, Material Studios & Gallery, Plymouth Arts Center, Seranya Studios Art Boutique, Eighty Art & Design, Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC, Liz Ann Lange Art, and The Sheboygan Visual Artists. 

To view this issue simply click the image below or click here.

March Happenings at Lakeshore Art Supplies

Art + Coffee with Erika Block
Saturday, March 11th, 10:30am
Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC hosts a monthly Art + Coffee gathering at 1109 North 8th Street in Sheboygan. This social event is open to anyone interested in talking about art, recent exhibitions, articles, books, etc. Our monthly featured artist will be present to talk about their work. This event is free to attend. The coffee is generously provided by our friends at Paradigm CoffeeandMusic. Stick around for a casual Art Marketing discussion group, led by Erika L. Block of Creative Studios. Also free to attend.
Art Marketing with Erika Block
Saturday, March 11th, 12:30pm
Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC welcomes Erika L. Block of Creative Studios to answer all of your questions about successful marketing and self-promotion practices for artists, galleries and museums in this informal discussion group. Erika L. Block is the owner of Creative Studios, a branding and design company working exclusively with the art, music, publishing, film and fashion industries. She is also a contemporary mixed media artist.
Adult Coloring Club
Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Need a little me-time once a month? Join the LAS Coloring Club!

Once an activity intended for children, coloring has become a widely popular trend among adults. Coloring can be very therapeutic as a relaxing, meditative practice by helping to reduce stress and anxiety, increase creativity, and build mental strength. Bring your own materials or choose from select supplied materials, plus take advantage of 20% off one non-sale item during this new monthly gathering.

Fee: $5.00 (Cheaper than seeing a movie, and you won’t get shushed for talking!) Simple refreshments provided.

Hosted by Erika L. Block

Encaustics Workshop with Peg Haubert
Saturday, March 25 at 1 PM – 3:30 PM
Peg will give an introduction to the medium and its history, followed by an overview of the supplies. She will then discuss ways to work with the medium using hot irons, propane torches, hair dryers, and brushes and scratch tools. Each participant will have time to play with these tools and create their own work of art to take home with them. All tools and supplies for this workshop will be provided.