Gracing the Bell Gallery at the Beloit Art Center during the month of May will be the photography of Olivia Greer and her husband, William Ciaccio. Meeting in 2012, they quickly became inseparable, bonding over their love of statistical analysis, creative writing, as well as photography. They were married in 2015.
They came to Beloit from New York City to care for Ciaccio’s mother and they set up a photo studio at the art center.
Growing up in New York City, Olivia was immersed in the arts from a young age. She first experimented with photography in her early teens, finding the camera to be a wonderful tool for self-expression.
In 2014, she started Tuo Giorno Photography Studio and partnered with Ciaccio. Together, they have traveled across the country, covering breaking news events, beautiful landscapes, and everything in between.
They spent a few years in San Antonio where they were contracted as exclusive photographers by the San Antonio Riverwalk Association to cover all of their events and more. In addition to their work with the Riverwalk, they were hired to do commercial photography for select restaurants, a red carpet movie premiere, luxury real estate, as well as work for individual clients, specializing in portraiture and weddings.
Greer has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 2015. She also has certification in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography.
Her work can be seen at the BAC, 520 E. Grand Ave. beginning Friday when a reception for the May show in both the Main Gallery and the Bell Gallery will be held from 5-8 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.