The Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce the August Gallery Exhibits. The Main Gallery will feature the work of Karolyn Alexander, a life-long resident of Whitewater.
Karolyn has immersed herself in making art since her early retirement from UW-Whitewater. She has worked in various media including clay, watercolor, collage, acrylic and mixed media. Karolyn’s journey in abstraction began in earnest over three years ago when she participated in a “30 Paintings in 30 Days” challenge. For the challenge she created 30 abstract pieces all painted to music. Since that time her art making has focused on painting abstracts with acrylic paint and mixed media often working in series.
Karolyn’s most recent series employs mark making using various tools and techniques. Her painting process often starts intuitively with random marks and brushstrokes and proceeds with washes of color, veiling and more mark making. After thoughtful consideration a painting is brought to completion.
Abstract Journey consists of over 70 of Karolyn’s favorite pieces. Karolyn is an active member of the Janesville Art League and the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Her website is: www.karolyn.biz
In the Bell Gallery we are excited to feature, Soda Fountains to Robots, by Connie Sveum. This exhibit of antique pharmacy memorabilia will be on display as part of the launch of a photo-history book about independent pharmacies in Beloit. The antiques are loaned from the extensive collections of Elroy Wirtz of Drekmeier Pharmacy and Art and Kathy Carl of Grand Avenue Pharmacy.
Both exhibits will open with a reception August 3 from 5pm to 8pm. A gallery talk with Karolyn Alexander and Connie Sveum will be held at 6pm. Artwork will be for sale with a percentage of the proceeds going to support the Beloit Art Center. Both exhibits will be open until August 31. The Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. Hours are: Monday from 10am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday from 10am – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 3pm. The gallery is free and open to the public.
Opening Reception on Friday, July 6, 2018 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Show will run from July 6 - 27, 2018.
Wisconsin artist Victoria Bein’s highly creative and imaginative pastel drawings will challenge your mind.
Over the past five years Victoria’s work has been selected for numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Wisconsin and the Chicago area. At this years 61st Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition, Victoria won the Peoples Choice Award for her drawing “Manipulation Station”. She is also included in the very competitive Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018, juried by Chicago gallerist Aron Packer.
Although Victoria has some formal training, her intuitive approach is akin to the Outsider Artist. Her process begins with a simple line drawing.
Bein: “I just start doodling, much like the automatic drawings of the Surrealists, allowing my unconscious mind to create the content.”
These sketches are the foundation of her work and most of the original lines are retained in the final piece.
Bein: “I tell stories that are not necessarily in a known language; often they appear to me as a puzzle or mystery to be unveiled. When I finish a work I sit and view it, much like the audience would, and let it speak to me. It’s like having a dream, waking up, and trying to understand it.”
She encourages the viewer to create their own story from her work, and through this process, perhaps uncover their own unconscious mind.
As the viewer spends time with her drawings, they will discover hidden content and an incredible amount of detail. In her figurative work she often combines human and non-human animal forms, projecting a blend of whimsy and dis-ease. At first glance, the work may seem playful, but with a closer look you will often find a serious, darker narrative.
Victoria speaks about her work as a process of integrating the conflicts of both her inner and outer world. Information from her dreams, imagination, and memory is gathered and organized, creating new realities and patterns, perhaps more truthful than our commonly recognized ones. Although the iconography is personal, the resulting images tap into a collective unconscious.
Bein: “I find the distorted forms that spontaneously come out in my sketches express more deeply how I feel than if I were to realistically render the image, although I will sometimes do more traditional landscapes or portraits between works as a palette cleanser of sorts.”
Working with pastel and carbon pencil on paper allows her to emphasize linear marks, ranging from bold to barely visible, and to build a rich surface of texture and shading.
Bein: “I’ve always loved drawing, even the way the pencil sounds as it moves across the surface of the paper, or the musical taps of the pastel sticks making marks.”
Key to her vision and compositions are palette restriction, layering, and the creation of transparency within forms. Broken shapes and simultaneity reveal cubistic influences, while the frequent use of flat outlined shapes give her work a graphic feel. Each final piece reflects her journey, blending representational elements with abstraction, finding unity and harmony in the chaos of fragments.
All of Victoria’s work is framed with acid-free mats and foam board, and TruVue 99% UV protected glass.
Opening Reception on Friday, June 1st, 2018 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Show will run from June 1 - 20, 2018.
In our main gallery, the Beloit Art Center will host local artists who are competing in a sanctioned Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) exhibit. WRAP exhibits began in 1940 to encourage the creative growth of non-professional artists. The art will be judged and meritorious pieces will be selected to advance to the annual State Art Exhibition held in September in Madison.
In the Bell Gallery, Valerie Saxer is the featured artist. Saxer is a creative artist who uses paint, compounds, metals and found objects to create her expressive art. Her exhibit, “You take the cake! Find something to celebrate” is a series of small scale cake paintings on canvas and wood, which are meant to remind us to find something every day to celebrate in life.
The exhibition opens Friday June 1st with an artist reception from 5 to 8 pm where the public can meet the artists. The reception is free and open to the public. Many of the pieces of art will be offered for sale with the Beloit Art Center retaining 30% of the sale price to help support its non-profit offerings. The Beloit Art Center is located in downtown Beloit at 520 E. Grand Avenue. The exhibit will continue from June 5th through June 20th and is open Monday from 10 to 2; Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5:30 and Saturday from 10 to 3.
The Beloit Art Center is proud to announce their May show, “Travel Tales”. The show features the work of Chicago artist, Nancie King Mertz, a Master Pastelist who has been named as one of nine Eminent Pastelists by the International Association of Pastel Societies. The show features her works in oil and pastels.
King Mertz has traveled to over 20 countries to paint En Plein Air, finding architecture, landscape and people as inspiration to paint on-site. From Europe to South America, Alaska to Cuba, California to Maine, Niagara to Florida, her work captures the culture and light of that particular location. Many of the pieces on display are from these travels. Mertz also teaches across the US and internationally and has videos and pastel sets in her name. Her work is in private, corporate and museum collections and is featured regularly on Chicago-based television. She and her husband, Ron, own ArtDeTriumph & Artful Framer Studios in Chicago.
In our Bell Gallery, Margaret Hesler Hynes is our featured artist. A sculpture inspired by nature and non-western cultures, Hesler Hynes creates fanciful ceramic totems, garden pieces and animal urns. She is a graduate of Beloit College.
Both shows open with a reception on May 4th from 5 pm to 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. King Mertz will be on hand to discuss her work as well as Hesler Hines. The work of both artists will be for sale with 30% of the proceeds going to support the Beloit Art Center.
Additionally, at the opening reception we will be announcing the winner of our logo contest. Thirty-four conceptual logos were submitted for the contest. After serious consideration, the field was narrowed to ten ideas and then further reduced to the top three. The final selection will be announced on May 4th and unveiled to the public. The Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. The King Mertz and Hesler Hines shows will continue through May 24th. The Center is open Monday from 10 to 2, Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3. The venue is free to the public.
The Beloit Art Center (formerly the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator) is pleased to announce it will host its annual high school art show featuring a collection of art from Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit Turner High School and Rock County Christian School. The artwork includes both 2 and 3 dimensional pieces. This show always is an exciting event not only for the students displaying their work but also for attendees as the work is a glimpse into the future of art.
A free opening reception for the public, artists and family members will be held Friday April 6th from 5 to 8 pm. Many of the students and their teachers will be on hand to discuss the work. The Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. Open Monday from 10 to 2, Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3.
Opening Reception on Friday, March 2, 2018 - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Show will run from March 2 - 30, 2018.
This year’s theme for the annual juried photography show at the Beloit Art Center is “What’s Your Focus”. Opening on March 2nd, the show will feature 103 photographs that were accepted based on the photographer’s interpretation of the spirit of the show, creative and subject matter, and technical skill. This show is as interesting as it is very diverse. Additionally, from these photographs several will be selected to receive awards which will be presented during the opening night of the show.
The event is free and open to the public. Many of the photographs will be available for purchase with a small percentage going to benefit the Beloit Art Center. The Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. Open Monday from 10 to 2, Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday from 10 to 3.
The Beloit Art Center (formerly the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator) is seeking entrants for its annual juried photography show. This year’s theme is “What’s Your Focus”. The show will be held during March with an opening reception on March 2nd. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three photographs Entries are due by February 1, 2018. For further information please call the gallery at 608-313-9083.
BFAI Gallery Shows
On the first Friday of each month, we have a Gallery Show opening 5 - 8pm.