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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.

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, www.claudetteleeroseland.com, www.leeroseland.fineartstudioonline.com, www.fineartamerica.com.

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The Late Stuart Howland: A Collector of Images and Sensations (1957-2018)

written by Erika L. Block

Photo courtesy of Frank Juarez

Stuart Howland was a great artist, arts advocate, and arts educator. He dedicated his life to the appreciation and advancement of both art and artists in the Sheboygan area and beyond.

Howland graduated from UW-Superior in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in Painting and Drawing, followed by a master’s degree in 1989 and his art education certification in 1992. He spent several years working with gifted and talented students in the Milwaukee Public Schools and teaching drawing at UW-Milwaukee and Cardinal Stritch University before joining the Sheboygan Area School District in 2004. He was a visual arts instructor at IDEAS Academy (grades 9-12) and The Mosaic School (grades 6-8), both tuition-free public charter schools within the Sheboygan Area School District. There, Howland spent his days guiding students in the art of drawing as a means to both build their visual art skills and to communicate their unique points of view. “He gets kids to think about what they are seeing,” said Ted Hamm, Director of the Étude Group, schools which take an experiential approach to critical thinking and engaging children creatively.

Many knew him by his artist name, Stue Cimabue. In his artist’s statement, Howland stated that his life was devoted to being a collector of images and sensations, especially in relation to nature and culture. “My early stirrings were to be in and observing nature, as this has always moved me from a very young age during my boyhood in Duluth, Minnesota. It is in nature, I reconnect with the boy who explored woods, fields, ponds, rivers; who always was checking under rocks and boards, waist deep in ponds, climbing trees, etc.”.

Howland worked in a playful, cartoon-like style, and began new works with little pre-conceived plan of what they would become. He predominantly painted on wood, making sure to pull out the contrast of the wood grain patterns, celebrating the natural substrate. In the past 2-3 years he was really getting involved more in his collage work.

“Through multiple layers of the above process, along with accentuating certain happenings, images begin to appear to me, which then add to provide the viewer to see what I imagine. I employ what I call the Pareidolia Operating System. Pareidolia is the phenomenon where persons view such occurrences as random clouds, splotches and stains patterns on old water tower or char patterns on pieces of toast and identifying some image such as a cow, Jesus, the Mother Mary. For me it too conjures and mixes and matches the multiplicity of images stored in my mind through a lifetime of collecting.”

To see Stuart’s work click here.

​Plymouth Arts Center Celebrates 25 years of Enlivening the Spirit of Our Community and Enriching the Lives of All Through the Arts!

PLYMOUTH, WI – Plymouth Arts Center is celebrating its 25th “Silver” Anniversary this year and invites the public to join in the festivities.  Established in 1993, as a 501c3 charitable non-profit community arts organization, Plymouth Arts Center has been profoundly committed to its mission of presenting a diverse arts program for all to enjoy.  As the leading cultural and arts destination in Western Sheboygan County, the PAC continues to serve tens of thousands of patrons every year since its founding 25 years ago.

Situated in historic downtown Plymouth, WI at 520 East Mill Street, the corner of Eastern Avenue and Mill and North Streets, the PAC is home to Gallery 110 North, a fine art gallery with changing exhibitions-well-known for showcasing Wisconsin artists. The PAC presents ongoing performing art events, art classes, a gift shop featuring member artwork, as well as special signature events such as Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour in June, Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl in August, Paint the Towns, En Plein Air in September, and the nationally acclaimed, New Year’s Eve, “Big Cheese Drop!”  The PAC serves as a popular community center setting for special events such as weddings, showers, recitals, private parties, corporate meetings, educational activities, reunions, and more.

To celebrate its important anniversary milestone, the PAC is presenting a variety of enhanced performances and art shows throughout the year.  The Anniversary theme will culminate in December with the Holiday Membership Art Exhibition/Social and the New Year’s Eve/Big Cheese Drop finale.  

Image courtesy of the Plymouth Arts Center

It all started back in 1993, when founding members and the first Board of Directors, Dena Adamson, Lori Beringer, Andrea Fenner, Roger Lahm, Susan McFarlane, Jody Schetter, Nancy Smith, Christine Schumacher, Peter Wright, and the late, Betty Pardee-Arendt, Joan Kohn, and Nancy Thackray, pooled their ideas and expertise to begin a grassroots effort to create an arts center in Western Sheboygan County. This dedicated and hard-working group along with the Gentine Family Foundation, rolled up their sleeves and invited their friends and associates to join them in this labor of love. They built community awareness by manning booths at the County Fair and Mill Street Fest, organizing art demonstrations, presenting fundraising projects, conducting surveys, selling memberships, and more. The entire step by step process, over the first two-years, was highlighted in editorials and through complimentary advertising in the Plymouth Review newspaper.  With the financial backing of area businesses and individuals, and after extensive remodeling of the building in 1994, the PAC opened to the public with an inaugural art show featuring the distinguished artist, the late Robert Heuel II, O.P.A, (‘Oil Painter of America.’)  The Founders had positioned the Plymouth Arts Center as a vital part of community life in Western Sheboygan County, and as one of Wisconsin’s finest arts centers, as it remains today, 25 years later.

Originally, PAC’s focus was on two-dimensional art in the Gallery, but within a couple years, theater performances, concerts, and art classes were added. Over the years, more and more events were added, generating significant interest and participation in the arts by people of all ages and walks of life. The increased artistic needs of the community and the need to effectively and more efficiently use the space, led the way for a capital campaign and a renovation project. In 2011, the PAC was remodeled and expanded to meet the needs of a growing organization. The $1.5 million project was generously supported by local and regional businesses, foundations, and individual members and friends. The results of the project were a stunning, renewed Arts Center, a cultural showplace for artists and performers, a center for entertainment, and an important anchor business helping in the revitalization of historic downtown Plymouth, WI while continuing to provide meaningful art related experiences for all.  President Tom Slater said, “There were so many wonderful and talented people who gave of their time and fortune to make this dream a reality.  The results are a world-class Arts Center that not only serves the needs of the community but introduces the Arts experience to everyone.”

One of downtown’s finest gems, the Plymouth Arts Center, showed off its new polish and luster to the public last Friday, and the results are dazzling. The former car dealership building has moved even farther away from its utilitarian past life with an extensive $1.5 expansion and remodeling. 

The new building greatly enhances the center’s ability to fulfill its mission to showcase the arts in Plymouth and provide a community space available for diverse purposes and events. The open house showed that off well, with the set for the center’s latest theater production in the great room where the remodeling effort was being celebrated and refreshments were served.  The new kitchen was utilized to provide the refreshments, with the promise of being able to support more efficiently and deliciously the many community events the center hosts throughout the year.  The members art show filled the new and expanded Gallery 110 North exhibit space, a bright and open area that can accommodate bigger and better shows. Dedicated classroom spaces with a more intimate ambiance were ready for eager students to come in and learn new skills or add to existing ones.

Outside, the building’s new façade and entryway welcomed visitors even more warmly than it had in the past.  All of it combines to make a unique, outstanding facility of which few, if any, cities the size of Plymouth can boast. Such a vibrant celebration and center of the arts is a real feather in Plymouth’s cap and a real attraction for those who come to Plymouth, whether to visit or to live. It says so much about this community and the people who live here that not only do we support such an unparalleled facility, but we have stepped up to support its growth and expansion.  Whether it’s the countless individual members and volunteers who make the many events at the center happen, or the businesses and industries who provide financial support for the center and its activities, we are all part of a facility that makes us all proud and makes Plymouth a better place.

Today, the PAC produces over 150 events each year with annual attendance topping 20,000. Programs offer the community the opportunity to be actively involved either on the stage or behind the scenes. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities exist for anyone willing to lend a hand.

Image courtesy of the Plymouth Arts Center


Image courtesy of the Plymouth Arts Center


Gallery 110 North programming for 2018 includes:

  • “Intimate Visions” featuring Watercolorist Jean Crane and Fiber Artist Joan Kennedy on display now through March 9th
  • Opening March 16 through May 4, the Gallery is hosting the Wisconsin Designers Craft Council Biennial Exhibition.
  • PAC’s annual spring tradition is the “Alive in the Arts” Juried Exhibition/Competition. Wisconsin Artists are invited to submit a prospectus which is available on the PAC website. The judge for this exhibition is Deborah Rosenthal, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • “The Light of Thy Favor,” opens August 10th in conjunction with the Jazz & Blues Crawl, and runs through Oct. 5th. Meet watercolor artist, Tom Kubala, and pastel artist Colette Odya Smith.
  • “In Fine Form: the Human Presence,” a figurative invitational exhibition, will be on display October 12, 2018 through November 30. 

2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl for the Arts, PAC’s largest and most popular fundraiser, held Friday, August 10th, 2018. Additionally, it’s year 10 for “Mill Street Live,” the summer musical series.  Other special performing arts fundraising events include: Keith Abler & Friends, Pilgrims & Pirates, Love @ 25 which was presented in early February and the 25th Anniversary Variety Shows April 20-22 and 27-29. Mary Calvey, Plymouth’s Irish lass, is directing Shamrocks & Shenanigans Irish Music Show for her 13th year, March 16-17.  Other shows are the Joseph Sartori Classical Music Concerts, PAC Singers’ Spring and Christmas Concerts directed by Barb Zirwes-Nysse; Kids From Wisconsin at the Plymouth High School; The String Along Band-Country Music Theatre show; “Annie” the musical; and the Story of the Nutcracker; directed by Kerrylynn Kraemer.  A complete schedule is available on the PAC website: www.plymoutharts.org

Donna Hahn of Plymouth is the first executive director of the Plymouth Arts Center, a position she has held since 2000. Donna is a charter member of the Arts Center and is passionately dedicated to the arts, which she believes touches the lives and souls of the community as a whole. Her arts commitment has been lifelong, and she extends an invitation to all ages to engage in the arts. She said, “for 25 years the Plymouth Arts Center has taken the lead presenting hundreds of amazing arts experiences and opportunities. I continue to be in awe of the many talented artists that have performed on our stage and have exhibited their art in our gallery. These artists, actors, singers, musicians, dancers, writers, designers, and more, are part of what makes the Plymouth Arts Center a special, welcoming organization, and the greater Plymouth area an attractive and vibrant place to live. I am grateful for the important relationships we have built over the past 25 years with our faithful audiences, our 250+ volunteers, and our generous sponsors and donors, who help to insure that the PAC remains vital. This year we proudly celebrate all we have accomplished together!  On behalf of the PAC Board of Directors, I sincerely thank all our members and friends of the arts for their continued loyalty and support.”

Image courtesy of the Plymouth Arts Center

As a non-profit organization, the Plymouth Arts Center is solely supported by membership dues, fund-raising events, sponsorships, grants, and private and corporate donations. For those wishing to contribute to a specific fund, the PAC has an established Endowment Fund, Education Fund, Building Fund, and a 25th Anniversary Celebration Fund. The PAC is registered as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. Donations in any amount are acknowledged and accepted throughout the year.

In 2017 and 2018, the PAC was awarded a Creation and Presentation Grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. The PAC is a member of the Plymouth Downtown Arts & Merchants group and a member of the local chambers, Plymouth, Elkhart Lake, Sheboygan Falls, as well as the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce. The Sheboygan County Chamber recently announced that the PAC is one of the nominees for “Non-Profit Organization of the Year.”   

2018 PAC Board of Directors are: Thomas Slater, president; Paul Sartori, president-elect; Adam Mason, Secretary/Treasurer; Barb Barrows, Barb Garton, Bob Hoopman, Linda Laible, Jerry Matzdorf, Liz Miller, Marissa Murphy, Jim Rosetti, Jim Sutton, Justin Webb, Ben Wiley, and Donna Hahn, Executive Director.

During this special Anniversary year….enjoy the many live musical or theatrical performances, visit Gallery 110 North and the Gift Shop, take a class, volunteer for an event or a committee, become a docent for the Gallery, and consider joining as a member. The PAC welcomes visitors Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday, Noon-3pm, or by special arrangement. Closed on Mondays and Holidays. School groups and bus tours may schedule complimentary docent led gallery visits.

For complete schedule of events or to order tickets for our upcoming special events: visit our website: www.plymoutharts.org. or call the office (920) 892-8409.   


FRANK & CO Podcast Interviews Tammie Strause, The Pink Llama

FRANK & CO was first introduced in 2015 and has now gained a following with its weekly art e-newsletter focused on the visual arts in Wisconsin. In 2018, it has kicked off the new year with its first FRANK & CO podcast. This adds another layer to the art resource. 

Podcasts topics range from such as but not limited to: studio practice to the creative process, entrepreneurship to philanthropy, studio challenges to social media strategies, and whatever else feeds the creative soul. We are currently accepting inquiries for this podcast.  Podcasts take place inside the studio, gallery, art center, etc. 

We kick off our first podcast with gallery owner of The Pink Llama Gallery, Tammie Strause

Click here to hear her interview. 

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FRANK & CO Wisconsin art e-newsletter is committed to introducing you to such as but not limited to: exhibitions, events, and news from Wisconsin artists, artist run galleries, pop up art shows, art groups, and art centers. This e-newsletter comes out every Sunday at 7pm (CST).  Subscribe today. 

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

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