From acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings to charcoal drawings and more, 16 area artists will exhibit their work at the juried art show in November at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave.
The public is invited to the show opening and reception for the artists on Friday, Nov. 2 from 5-8 p.m. Artists will speak about their work at 6 p.m. Exhibits will be both in the Main Gallery and in the Bell Gallery. Many pieces will be for sale.
Among those exhibiting in the main gallery will be award-winning artist Carol Spitznagel of Beloit. Carol earned a scholarship and attended Columbus School of Art and Design. After marrying and raising her daughter, she again began painting. Evidence of her passion can be seen even in her home’s livingroom where she has created scenic murals on walls and ceilings.
Carol also enjoys painting people. She is submitting three acrylic portraits for the juried show. “I search for things that intrigue me,” she said. One of her intriguing submissions is of a young woman titled “Waiting.”
Roscoe artist Mariclare Sheil is submitting several oil pieces. One was inspired by a local event titled “Rockton Market.” Watercolor artist Barbara Mathew of Janesville captures depth of emotion with her work, “Grief” and a sense of childhood innocence with “Dani.”
In “Deep Blue” and “Lost,” large acrylic paintings by Kassi Apel of Rockton, imagination soars with color.
In the Bell Gallery, the Beloit Art Center will offer the work of Ferd Klobucar, 92, of Beloit. Ferd began painting when he retired roughly 20-25 years ago from the Klobucar Construction company, he said. “Boredom” got him started in both oil and acrylic works. While he presently has diminished eyesight, the exhibit will show pieces from a few years back.
Still, he paints, however, using a palette knife. “I have a difficult time with straight lines. A palette knife can take away that difficulty,” he said.
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the participating artists. The Beloit Art Center is open Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 608-313-9083.
We are pleased to announce the following artists will have artwork on display during our 2018 Juried Art Show opening November 2nd through November 29th. Accepted artists will receive confirmation via email. Judging the show will be well-known local artists, Dan Wuthrich and Susan Swedlund.
From designer wall hangings to traditional coverlets and on to colorful banners, the joy of quilting will be shared with the public when the Beloit Art Center hosts its next show Friday, Oct. 5 from 5-8 p.m. at 520 E. Grand Ave.
The quilts will be in the Main Gallery. In the Bell Gallery will be a corresponding exhibit of mixed media on wood.
From 5-6 p.m., Steve Bogdonas will provide classical guitar music. At 6 p.m., the quilters will talk about their work.
The art quilters are Pam Moller and Karen Neuendorf.
Among the many quilts Moller will display is a four- panel series of wall hangings. The striking three-dimensional pieces measure a total of 14 feet and are titled “Falling Leaves.”
Moller says she loves trees and draws inspiration from nature and her surroundings. And she loves to experiment.
“There’s no end to it, I am learning something new all the time,” she said.
Neuendorf has been a quilter since 2008. Many of her quilts reflect the places she has traveled to. Others are based on her love of circles and bright colors.
“Art quilting gives me the opportunity to create with no boundaries,” she says.
Sally McFerren, longtime owner of Attic Quilts in downtown Beloit, will exhibit two traditional quilts with jewel tones rich in reds, greens, blues and purples. She also will display a special quilt created by her grandmother in 1928.
“I credit her with inspiring me to do quilting,” McFerren says.
The St. Paul Piecemakers have been meeting every Tuesday for 25 years at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Initially they made quilted banners representing the church year. That has grown to include quilts for high school graduates and Comfort Quilts for those who are ill or in in need of prayer and comfort. The Piecemakers include: Jean Neitzel, Billie Kenitzer, Jackie Nicholson and Karen Neaf.
In the Bell Gallery, Molly Dillon will exhibit “Putting the Pieces Together.” “The series was inspired by the pieces that make up a quilt, the colors, patterns and their placement that tell a story or at least set a certain feeling or mood,” Dillon says.
The mixed media pieces have a base of wood with added paint, felt, glue and stone to add texture and dimension.
Several items in both the Main Gallery and the Bell Gallery will be for sale.
BFAI Gallery Shows
On the first Friday of each month, we have a Gallery Show opening 5 - 8pm.