December 31, 2023, Beloit, Wisconsin – Beloit Art Center announces January Gallery Exhibits
Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce the January exhibits which will open with a First Friday Gallery Reception on January 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A gallery talk featuring the artists will be held at 6:00 p.m. Both exhibits will be open through the end of January.
In the Sveum Gallery, we welcome Judith Meyer who was born in Detroit, Michigan. Throughout her childhood and her years at universities, Judith studied different cultures, corresponded with people in Indonesia, The UK, France and Uruguay. “I loved all aspects of these endeavors. I developed an open mind to different ways of thinking, believing, seeing and living. My work, though sometimes not readily apparent, reflects all these experiences as well as how I regard those people who come into my life. Without knowing it, this became a gift that I gave to myself.” Her work centers around her life and global events, stories, myths and personal beliefs. This allows her to have a wide palette from which to move and has inspired her work in many ways over the decades.
In the Bell Gallery, we welcome Michael Contreras. Michael has always been fascinated with the creative process. Most of his work is in photography, and graphic design, but he has been working on a painting work-flow that he can stay curious about. “Most of my creative work is driven by that curious feeling. “Where can we go from here?” “What can we make now?”. It’s always been a priority for me to hold on to that curious feeling over anything else.” He finds himself thinking about painting in terms of concept, iconography, text, and aesthetics.
Be sure to stop by the Beloit Public Library between now and the end of March to view art by Roberta Haakinson.
Beginners Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel. A six week class held Tuesdays from January 9th through February 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The cost is $140; clay and glaze will be provided. Students will need to provide their own tools, apron and hand towel. Sets of pottery tools are available for purchase in the BAC Gift Shop. Students new to wheel throwing or wanting to brush up their skills will begin to explore the world of throwing on the potter’s wheel in this introductory class. Class size is limited to 7 students, age 17+. Pre-registration is required by visiting www.beloitartcenter.com/classes
Intermediate Throwing on the Potter’s Wheel. A six week class held Tuesdays from January 9th through February 13th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The cost is $165; clay and glaze will be provided. Students will need to provide their own tools, apron and hand towel. Sets of pottery tools are available for purchase in the BAC Gift Shop. This is an intermediate wheel-throwing class. In order to enroll in this class, students must have taken a pottery class at the BAC after January 2023, be able to confidently center and raise a cylinder, and have received approval from the instructor. Class size is limited to 7 students, ages 17+. Pre-registration is required by visiting www.beloitartcenter.com/classes
Introduction to Digital Photography I. A four week class held Mondays on January 15th, 29th, and February 12th, and 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This course is for those with any type of digital camera who want to get out of Auto and start unleashing the creative potential of their camera. We will learn how to utilize shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to control exposure and explore how aperture and shutter speed can be used creatively. The cost is $80. Bring your own camera and camera manual. To register visit: www.beloitartcenter.com/classes--events
Mosaic Club with Cheryl Kitzman. A five week class held Tuesdays from January 9th through February 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $100; includes use of the classroom space, cutting tools, the grinding wheels, and instruction from Cheryl Kitzman as needed. Mosaic Club is for anyone interested in practicing their skills and techniques with mosaics. Beginners are welcome and will be guided on the supplies to buy (not included in club price) to create their own project To register visit: www.beloitartcenter.com/classes--events
Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Beloit. The gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery and gift shop hours are Monday 10 am – 2 pm, Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.