The public is invited to view the diverse work of three photographers/artists in September at the Beloit Art Center. The three also have served as photo judges at the BAC.
Exhibiting are Cindy Vondran, Jay Mielke and Steve Bogdonas. The show will run through the end of September at 520 E. Grand Ave.
Cindy Vondran credits her strong background in art and art history for helping her to become a better photographer and digital artist.
“With a photographer’s eye, I acutely tune in to all the sights surrounding me, and I can see art even in the most mundane,” she said. “Classical photography and computer-generated art are now merging. I have learned most of my photoshop techniques from Sebastian Michaels and other teachers. Digital processing has become a major part of my daily life.
“I am very excited to be a part of this brand new art movement, using the computer as a tool for this new medium. Things that were formerly impossible, can now be generated, and without the need for a large studio space in which to work. Everything that is necessary is contained within cyber space.”
Cindy describes her work as highly varied.
“Sometimes I like bold colors and sharp contrast, and other times I like simple lines and soft, hazy tones. Flowers are often a theme in my work because I like to capture their unique personality. The work of photo artist, Brooke Shaden, has been a major influence in my conceptual work.”
She received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2013.
Steve Bogdonas worked as a machinist for almost 20 years before art and music took over his life. In 2001, he started a company called The Creative Group-image and Sound Production. Always experimenting in art as a child, he received formal training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago studying fundamentals/illustration/graphic design.
This was followed up with studies at Palette and Chisel in Chicago for life drawing and oil painting. At the Winona School of Photography, he learned negative retouching and print enhancement.
Steve also took classes in the following areas: auto cad detailer, graphic designer and technical illustrator.
He also is a musician who has played in many bands and as a soloist for 46 years. Recently, he completed five original instrumental CDs and is presently working on a sixth one.
Jay Mielke first started capturing photographs in the late 1980s as the Photography Editor of the Oakfield High School Yearbook. While his professional career in technology became the focus of his adult life, he never lost interest in photography. Eventually, as digital photography took off, his desire to explore this media grabbed hold once again.
Jay began to photograph rural and city images looking for unique ways to capture everyday objects—and present them in a new and interesting way. Over time he dove into portraiture, event photography, commercial photography, and rodeo photography. He officially started his business, High Impact Creations LLC, in 2011.
High Impact Creations LLC provides event photography services for corporate and educational institutions, professional headshots for executives, actors, and anyone else that is on the go. He captures modeling portfolios for new and established models, has helped many public figures by capturing images used in their print and digital promotions, and his commercial work touched many area billboards.
The Beloit Art Center is open Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Beloit Art Center welcomes Waukesha Artist Group and Beloit Artist Connie Fry
The Beloit Art Center will reveal one of its most diverse shows, featuring 12 artists in August.
The exhibit opens Friday, Aug. 2 with a reception from 5-8 p.m. at the BAC. The event is open to the public and some of the artists will be available to talk about their work about 6 p.m.
Eleven artists who are members of the Waukesha Creative Arts League will exhibit in the Main Gallery and one local artist will show her work in the smaller Bell Gallery.
Below is a glimpse of what the artists had to say about their work. In the Main Gallery they are:
Nancy Peterson - “I decided to leave commercial art for other work and for the last 15 years have devoted my creative time to fine art, painting in pastels and watercolors and playing a bit with photography.”
Margaret Schumann - “Upon retirement, my goal was to get back into watercolor. Today, the joy I receive from painting is in the use of color, glazing and shape. The texture of the paper and the flow of the paint aid me in bringing depth into the work.”
Jan Wood - “My subjects are usually birds but occasionally I paint portraits of humans and pets. My references come from family or friends’ photos and I often combine parts of several photos to tell the art story I envision.” Her media includes alcohol inks, egg tempera, acrylics, oil, watercolor and torn paper.”
Jean Pascek - “I try to communicate the essence of the colors, patterns and shapes of the images that capture my attention and excite me. Most often the images are landscapes or animals. I like to have several paintings in process at the same time.”
Holly Paulsen - “I grew up in western North Dakota, which probably explains the many landscapes, barns and nature paintings. Recently, I have been experimenting with acrylics using just a palette knife to create landscapes.”
Jayne Cappelletti - “After I retired, I started taking formal classes in watercolor and acrylic painting until I felt accomplished enough to exhibit my work. I am currently taking classes in both Wauwatosa and Apache Junction, AZ. I come from a very creative family since both my parents painted and my sister and brother paint and exhibit their art.”
Kathleen Hosch - “My floral subjects are inspired by the delight I receive when relaxing in my daughter’s gardens. I am also fascinated by the history of the lighthouses around the Great Lakes, and I have created a series of these lighthouses.”
John Klug - “I choose to create my artwork using acrylic paint. I generally prefer to express my vision by presenting images in a realistic style. My subjects are mostly based on scenes and objects that appealed personally to me and inspired me to reproduce them as lasting artwork.”
Janet Knapp - “Mostly, I use photographs as a source of my paintings, although occasionally I enjoy the experience of directly painting what I see outdoors. Mostly, I work with pastels or wax pastels, although I sometimes work in oils or acrylics.”
Emma E Macari - As a registered Architect, she practiced Architecture in the states of Florida, Wisconsin and New York. Back in Wisconsin since 2007, she has enjoyed painting with watercolors. Favorite subjects include atmospheric scenes, flowers and the human figure.
Vince Picciolo - Vince Picciolo has spent his career as an artist and designer in the advertising industry. When he’s not in his studio painting, he is playing drums for the Dixieland band. He enjoys travelling and seeking new inspiration for his paintings.
Bell Gallery to feature local artist Connie Fry
Connie Frye is a local artist who has for years participated in the Beloit Art Center’s Thursday night open artist group, as well as the Wisconsin Regional artist program, winning placement at the state show level. She is also active in the Beloit plein air artist group.
The Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce special events occurring during the month of June in collaboration with Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art. The work of one of Beloit’s most prolific artists, the late Franklin Boggs, will be offered for viewing at several venues.
The Boggs Show will open at the Wright Museum of Art on June 7 from 4-6 p.m. and at the Beloit Art Center from 5-8 on June 7 with receptions at both locations. On June 8, the art center is sponsoring a bus tour which will begin at the art center and take participants to the college, the Beloit Historical Society, Beloit Public Library, The Confluence and Boggs’ home studio in Beloit where several pieces of his work will be displayed. Tours are set for 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Those wanting to take the bus tour should contact the Beloit Art Center for reservations at 608-313-9083 and pay the $10 fee. A bus tour on Sunday, June 9 may occur if people request enough reservations for that day.
Boggs was a Beloit College professor from 1945-1979. Throughout his career he was commissioned to produce large-scale public works pieces, but he also created smaller pieces for the local community. During WWII, he was among the combat artists sent overseas to draw and paint scenes from the war.
“We are going to recollect the career of Franklin Boggs at Beloit College and at the Beloit Art Center and attempt to further enhance our knowledge of him,” said Jerry Sveum, immediate past president of the BAC. “He had so many different talents and his work was so diverse,” Sveum said. In 1947, Boggs was named one of the best young American painters in Life magazine. Besides painting and sketching, he also photographed and later developed techniques in casting murals from concrete and more.
International artist Tom Noll will exhibit his bold abstract work during the month of May at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave. His vibrant oil and acrylic pieces capture the essence of music and the rock musicians who perform it. Marketing his art worldwide with his company, Creative Bone Artworks, Inc.® he takes great pleasure in sharing these images.
It all comes full circle, he says, meeting with the people around the globe who are passionate fans of the rock artists portrayed and the displaying of the works in 25 countries.
Noll was born in Waukesha. He pursued an education in the printing and publishing areas and then received a second degree in graphic design and illustration. He worked for 35 years in the creative field. Originally, he traveled the fair circuit displaying his landscapes and figural works. In later years, he moved on to acrylics and oils as he enjoys applying thick paints and buildings color that can be applied to varied surfaces.
His attention later turned to expressionism with large pieces that filled rooms with rich free-flowing color and movement.
Noll’s work can be viewed at the Beloit Art Center beginning Friday, May 3 from 5-8 p.m. when the public is invited to the opening reception. An artist talk is set for 6 p.m.
A new art exhibit was recently hung in the gallery at the Beloit Public Library. The oil paintings by Sue Herring of Milton will be on display through June.
Herring, a retired engineer, is a self-taught artist who began painting at the age of 13 or 14, she said. She also read a lot and studied other people's work. She enjoys a variety of subject material as can be seen by the exhibit which includes landscapes, portraits, flowers, cats and more.
"I see something and it just hits me and I paint it. But I like variety and the challenge of doing something new," Herring said.
The gallery is located to the left when patrons enter the library. The exhibits are offered as a result of a partnership with the library and the Beloit Art Center. Most of the paintings on display are for sale.
The Beloit Art Center is pleased to present two shows during the month of April at 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit. The first exhibit opens Friday, April 5 with a reception for the artists from 5-8 p.m. and artist talk at 6 p.m. This exhibit will run for two weeks and is the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Show adult artists enter. This show ends with a workshop for the artists.
On April 19, the area High School’s Art Show opens. Shown will be student art from Beloit Memorial, Beloit Turner and Rock County Christian high schools. A few will be advanced to state competition and displayed at the Pyle Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in the Wisconsin Regional Art Program’s Statewide Teen Art Mentoring Program.
The Beloit Art Center is a 501c3 organization. It is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 608-313-9083.
BFAI Gallery Shows
On the first Friday of each month, we have a Gallery Show opening 5 - 8pm.