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.
More than 100 images will be exhibited during the month of March for the annual juried photo contest at the Beloit Art Center.
Photographers from the regional area will show their work beginning Friday, March 1 at the center, 520 E. Grand Ave., Beloit. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. with the winners announced at 6 p.m.
First place is $150, second place is $100 and third place is $50.
“The annual juried photography show is an opportunity for photographers to showcase their art and ability,” said Jerry Sveum, Beloit Art Center Board of Directors President.
For the community, “They get to see an enjoyable show,” Sveum said.
While most of the entries are from the Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois area, the contest popularity is growing. The farthest away entry this year was from Minneapolis.
The photos are examined by three judges. They go through each image and assign points. There are three separate points of view and the entries with the highest number of points win.
The show will be exhibited through the month of March. The Beloit Art Center is open to the public Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 10a.m. - 5:00p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
She’s known for both her tiny illustrations and her huge murals in the Rockford area. And Beginning Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m., Jenny Mathews will showcase her artistic talents at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave. The public is invited to the show and artist reception with an artist talk about 6 p.m.
Mathews’ watercolor and acrylic pieces of such subjects as cactus, bumblebees, jellyfish, whales and clouds can be seen during the entire month of February in the Main Gallery. The exhibit is titled “Things We Cannot Touch.”
In the smaller, Bell Gallery, colorful landscapes and seascapes will be shown created by the late, renowned artist Marek Kossiba. A Polish immigrant, he spent 20 years as a merchant marine and used his camera to capture photos he would later turn into paintings. He resided in Beloit from 1985-2018.
Mathews is the owner of Rockford Illustrating and Art Director for Zombie Logic Press. During the past year she focused on hundreds of small illustrations for children’s books. She also created large murals. Her large work has been on display at the Rockford Art Museum, can currently be seen at the Discovery Center of Rockford and along Sinnissippi Park where she painted a basketball court on cement near the YMCA.
Of her work, she says: “I make art as a way to connect with people I like and give them something of myself. Sometimes I illustrate jokes for pals, sometimes I’ll dedicate a whole series of paintings to a person or place as a way to prove my fondness.”
Mathews is looking forward to her solo exhibit in Beloit.
“I am excited to be in Beloit and the art scene that is happening there. I moved back to the Midwest about seven years ago right at the right time.”
Mathews says she views the region as a renaissance area. “Beloit is a wonderful example of that.”
The Beloit Art Center is open Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 608-313-9083.
The love of nature shines through clearly in Debra Hall’s photography.
On Friday, Jan. 4, the public is invited to view her photos at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave. when her exhibit opens.
Hall retired after working many years in customer service jobs, owning her own business, working in manufacturing and more.
She’s always been interested in art, however.
“I’ve always loved art. I took it all through high school,” she said.
And when she owned her own business, she created cookbooks and banners.
“I always kept myself in the arts a little bit.”
Then in 2012, “I needed to destress,” she said.
She found a relaxing outlet and hobby through the camera lens.
In the beginning, with just a small digital camera, she took shots of an elk in Estes Park, Colorado, blew up the photo, framed it and hung it on a wall at her place of work. Three people wanted to buy it, she said.
That’s when she knew the hobby that became a passion was worth pursuing.
Thousands of photos later and now armed with a couple Canon cameras and a distance lens, Hall has continued to expand her subject matter. She also serves on the board of the Janesville Art League.
At the Jan. 4 opening, the exhibit will include photos of sunsets, landmarks, birds, fog scenes, winter scenes, manipulated photos and much more.
While photos will be for sale, Hall says she does photography simply because she enjoys it.
“I like to just snap, snap, snap, and get that one shot,” she said.
And she has exhibited her work in the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program. One piece is headed for the state contest, she said.
While some of her work is not local, many of her photos have been taken in her own backyard, in rural Clinton, she said.
The Jan. 4 opening will be held from 5-8 p.m. and is a reception for the photographer who will be available to answer questions and talk about her pieces.
The exhibit will remain at the Beloit Art Center through January.
The December show at the Beloit Art Center will feature the award-winning work of solo photographer Dr. John Spates.
Spates, a retired dentist, says of his work: “It’s a hobby that went berserk.”
Of his subject material, he says, “I am attracted to the abstract.”
Some of those interests can be seen in the 100 matted and framed Spates’ photos that will be on exhibit at the Beloit Art Center throughout December.
Often, a single subject dominates his art.
In one photo, the delicate, detailed nature of a pink rose shows through, so close to the camera lens veins of the petals can be seen. A park bench sits alone surrounded by lush green vegetation in another. The bright orange/rust shades of a canyon show the beauty of the formation. In yet another, a lone guitar is accompanied by a ruby-red pick stuck in the strings.
Much of his work was completed using the now old-fashioned way on 35 millimeter film and 4 x 5 negatives. Spates also has a dark room in his basement and there developed his own photos.
And, “I did just about everything on tripods,” he said.
Times have changed rapidly over the past decade and presently, he uses a digital camera and a printer.
Regardless, Spates says it is the composition that is the crucial element of a photo.
The important part is: “How can I best compose this?” he said.
While he has taken classes in the past, mostly he is self-taught. Other photographers he admires include Ansel Adams and John Shaw.
Over the years, “I did 90 juried shows and got awards at 50 of them,” he said.
The juried shows began when LaVonne Kunny, retired teacher, encouraged him to submit photos to an art fair at the Lincoln Center. The late artist Franklin Boggs judged his work and gave him two awards at one show.
The public is invited to attend the show opening and artist reception from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Beloit Art Center, 520 E. Grand Ave. Spates will be invited to talk about his work and answer questions at 6 p.m. Photos will be for sale.
BFAI Gallery Shows
On the first Friday of each month, we have a Gallery Show opening 5 - 8pm.