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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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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

James May Gallery 2nd Annual Art of Water Exhibition

For Immediate Release

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Contact:

Kendra Bulgrin, James May Gallery

Cell:   262-753-3130

Email: kendrabulgrin@mac.com

Sara Krouse, Algoma Area Chamber

Cell: 920-621-8838

Email: sara@algomachamber.org

 

James May Gallery 2nd Annual Art of Water Exhibition

ALGOMA, WI – James May Gallery invites the public to join over 100 regional and national artists celebrating “our most vital resource” at a gallery exhibition spread throughout nine downtown Algoma business including James May Gallery, JMG North, Steele Street Trading Co. & Gallery, Jabberwock Gallery and Studio, Clay on Steele, Yardstick, The Algoma Book Corner, Steele Street Hops, & von Stiehl Winery.

This free event focuses on conversation and protection of water, inspired by Algoma’s beautiful Lake Michigan coastline. While the galleries will host the artwork for the month of May, there is a reception opening on Friday May 4th from 5:30-8:00.  Friday’s activities include: Water’s Edge Artists – painters for preservation- the plein air painters group will be painting on-site from 9am-dusk; Pay it Forward Ethiopia Food Truck and live music by Levi Zeitler & Chris Ragowski at Steele Street Hops 7-10pm.

The festivities continue Saturday May 5th with all locations open to see artworks.  Water’s Edge Artists will continue their plein air paintings.  JMG North is hosting free screen printing 10-12 (bring your own shirt), the Algoma Book Corner will have performances of nature readings 1:30-3pm.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matt Wechsler will preview his new film about the issues of factory farms, followed by the award-winning film, Sustainable, at JMG North.  “Sustainable” was screened at 20+ film festivals around the world and recently won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. Their past work includes the 2012 New York Emmy-nominated documentary “Different is the New Normal”, which aired nationally on PBS and was narrated by Michael J. Fox. They are currently working on a new film called “Right to Harm” about the health effects of factory farming on rural Americans. The film is set to premiere in 2018.  https://sustainablefoodfilm.com/

Saturday evening concludes again at Steele Street Hops with the music of Kyle Megna (lead man for Kyle Megna and the Monsoons, a 2018 nominee for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Artist of the Year Award) and Ross Catterton 7-10pm.

Donations are being collected to benefit Friends of Crescent Beach whose mission is To promote through advocacy, education and activities the improvement, support, protection and enjoyment of Crescent Beach.  FOCB is the driving force behind the Crescent Beach improvement project, helping the city win major grant funds to control evasive plants on the beach and Infrastructure changes to help drainage issues.

Sponsors for the event include: von Stiehl Winery, Denny’s Supervalu Foods, CTI Hospitality, Precision Door Drive, LLC., Wisconsin Public Radio, Artist’s Guild, Dick Blick, Door County Kayak, Forestville Builders, KI, Nicolet Bank, Steele Street Hops, Taste of Ethiopia, Water’s Edge Artists

More information:

http://www.jamesmaygallery.com/exhibitions/art-of-water-ii.html

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Artist Zina Mussmann featured on FRANK & CO Podcast

We are happy to introduce you to another FRANK & CO Podcast. In this upcoming episode Frank Juarez talks to Milwaukee-based artist, Zina Mussman about her work and solo show at the Hoffmaster Gallery at the Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University. “Unto Itself: Zina Mussmann ends May 6, 2018. Lawrence University is located at 711 E. Boldt Way in Appleton. 
Take a listen by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2qoi2zT
Connect with Zina at @zinamussmann
About the artist
Zina Mussmann received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2002 and an MFA from Northern Illinois University in 2008. She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally. Her work has been featured in the Manifest International Painting Annual, The Alchemy Magazine of Literature and Art and Lunch Ticket Magazine. She is also the co-founder of Greymatter, an artist-run space she established with Rachel Quirk in 2011, the curator of an online project called 365 Artists 365 Days, and a faculty member at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

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If you would like to be featured on the FRANK & CO Podcast, please fill the form below.

 

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 amysoczka.com and follow her on Instagram at instagram.com/amysoczka.

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.

Stay connected: instagram.com/erikalblock