Current Exhibition

Water: The Essence of Life

Water: The Essence of Life

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Wisconsin Visual Artists

June 11 – August 6, 2017

Statewide Artists Immerse Themselves in Water Issues

Forty-three Wisconsin artists explore “Water: The Essence of Life”

 

A themed invitational exhibition at Milwaukee’s Alfons Gallery is bringing together the creative visions of 43 members of Wisconsin Visual Artists as they explore aspects of water’s relationship to, and impact upon, all life on Earth.

 

A themed invitational exhibition at Milwaukee’s Alfons Gallery is bringing together the creative visions of 43 members of Wisconsin Visual Artists as they explore aspects of water’s relationship to, and impact upon, all life on Earth.

An opening reception for “Water: The Essence of Life,” will be held Sunday, June 11, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and will include an interactive workshop by the Wisconsin Visual Artists state board president. At an artists’ talk at 2:00 p.m., participating artists will engage in a discussion about their passion for the environment and what it’s like to create a piece for a themed exhibition.

Valerie J. Christell, Alfons Gallery’s Director and Curator, said that subthemes explored by the artists include the aesthetic aspects of water as well as those focusing on water’s importance to all forms of life, the effects of global

 

warming on ocean and inland waters, water politics, environmental justice, sustainability, and water conservation efforts. Works range from sculpture to photography and painting.

Cyanotype Print Workshop
by Tori Tasch

Sunday, June 11
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

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An opening reception for “Water: The Essence of Life,” will be held Sunday, June 11, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and will include an interactive workshop by the Wisconsin Visual Artists state board president. At an artists’ talk at 2:00 p.m., participating artists will engage in a discussion about their passion for the environment and what it’s like to create a piece for a themed exhibition.

Valerie J. Christell, Alfons Gallery’s Director and Curator, said that subthemes explored by the artists include the aesthetic aspects of water as well as those focusing on water’s importance to all forms of life, the effects of global warming on ocean and inland waters, water politics, environmental justice, sustainability, and water conservation efforts. Works range from sculpture to photography and painting.

“I’m extremely pleased with the responses received for this themed exhibition inviting members of Wisconsin Visual Artists to offer work speaking to water as the essence of life,” Christell said. “Artists from across the state are participating through a variety of 2-D and 3-D, with media ranging from watercolor and photography to mixed media and fibers.  The opening reception, in particular, promises to be an energetic gathering, with conversations about the artistic passion for taking on this themed challenge.”

Throughout the reception, Tori Tasch will be present a cyanotype print workshop using chemistry that, when mixed with water, combines to create a light sensitive surface that turns blue when exposed to sunlight and rinsed in water.  Using stencils, this alternative print process has experienced a renaissance as it’s environmentally friendly and easy to manipulate.  The reception and workshop are free and open to the public.

Tasch teaches art to 3K-8th grade students at St. Bruno Parish School, Dousman, and maintains an active studio practice. In addition to her role as Wisconsin Visual Artists’ state board president, she also serves on the Southeast Chapter Exhibitions Committee and the board for Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. She has exhibited her sculptural books extensively in the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico and Japan.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the School Sisters of St. Francis will present “A Ritual of Sustaining Waters,” a special gallery event on Thursday, July 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the community’s C.A.R.E. (Creating Actions to Reverence Earth) Committee and is also free and open to the public. 

“The ritual will take its inspiration from ‘Water:  The Essence of Life,’” said Sister Durstyne Farnan, OP, coordinator of the sisters’ Justice and Peace Office. “Participants will engage in reflecting on various aspects of water through poetry, music, sacred readings, and dance. We invite all to celebrate the sustaining waters with us.”

The artist list for “Water: The Essence of Life” includes Cristian Andersson, Amy Arntson, Jane Barnard, Curt Bawden, Deb Bushy, Valerie J. Christell, CathyJean Clark, Stephanie Copoulos-Selle, Bonnie de Arteaga, Virgilyn Driscoll, Kelly Thorn Dulka, Rosemary Eiden, Connie Glowacki, Ann Haberl, Linda Hancock, Virginia Huber, Elizabeth Ivers, Jayne Reid Jackson, Shirley Jansen, Jean M. Judd, Helen R. Klebesadel, Linda Koenig, Ron Kosek, Aaron Laux, Jack Long, Gene Mihleisen, John S. Miller, Lee Mothes, Dennis W. Ninmer, Colette Odya Smith, Michelle Richeson, Roberta Scherrer, Jean Sobon, Dan Sohre, Jeff Stern, Tori Tasch, Ann Thering, Gwyned Trefethen, Kathy Walter, Kathryn Wedge, Joan White, Kent Williams, and Susan Young Hoffman.

Wisconsin Visual Artists, a not-for-profit, juried membership-based organization is Wisconsin’s largest statewide, professional arts organization.

“Water: The Essence of Life” is on view at Alfons Gallery from June 11 through August 6, 2017.

  

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Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Sunday:
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Alfons Gallery
1501 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

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414-385-5273
e-mail: gallery@sssf.org


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