November 1, 2022 - Beloit, Wisconsin – Beloit Art Center Announces November Exhibits and Classes
Beloit Art Center is excited to welcome thirty-seven regional artists to the Main Gallery in November for the Beloit Wisconsin Regional Artists Program (WRAP) Exhibit. A First Friday Gallery Reception will be held November 4 from 5-7pm. A gallery talk will be held at 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
WRAP originated in 1940 as an outreach program of UW-Madison and is now administered by the Association of Wisconsin Artists (AWA). WRAP encourages nonprofessional, student, and emerging artists to create and exhibit their work across Wisconsin. It is for people who have a serious interest in creating art. Each location coordinates a juror, who gives critiques and awards at the local workshops. These events also include an art demonstration or lecture. The top one third of artwork advances to the state exhibit, which will be held at the Pyle Center in Madison in September 2023.
Vibrant color and stunning craftsmanship mark the paintings of Marek Kossiba, whose work will be featured this month in the Bell Gallery. Born in Poland in 1940, Kossiba knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist as he watched his mother create her own works of art. As an adult he joined the Polish Navy and served with various merchant marine companies. He spent twenty years sailing around the world. During those years he visited many galleries and museums that fed his dream to be an artist. At that time, he used photography to capture the world around him and the photographs served as a stepping stone to the paintings he later created. Marek came to the united States in 1985 and eventually settled in Beloit, where he lived and worked as an artist until his death. His paintings cover a wide range of subjects from landscapes and seascapes, to provocative, imaginative pieces that draw the viewer through layers of meaning. Today, Marek’s art is well known regionally and is found in many private and public collections in the United States and around the world.
Beloit Art Center is also pleased to announce the return of pottery classes. For our second offering in the series of fall/holiday workshops with new instructor, Rebecca Rehpohl, students will have the opportunity to create Holiday Ornaments. Rebecca joins the Art Center with 38 years of experience as a public-school teacher and 22 years as a community education art teacher. She is excited about her new home and the opportunity to build a thriving “clay community” in Beloit. The workshop will be held on November 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm and additional sections will be added if the demand is great. Students will be creating tabletop holiday trees and sugar cookie hanging ornaments. Using slabs of clay, students will cut, form, and individually decorate the ornaments to create their unique and special holiday keepsakes. No previous experience is needed. Come and start your holiday season off with this fun and creative class. The cost is $35.00 and includes materials.
Mark your calendar for more pottery offerings. There will be a six-week evening course for beginning wheel thrown pottery starting January 10 and a six-week evening class for hand-built pottery starting March 7. Details coming soon!
Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Beloit and has established a mission of partnering with the community and regional artists to maintain a center to teach, display and promote art through events, classes, and studio space. To learn more about Beloit Art Center visit www.beloitartcenter.com. Gallery hours are Monday 10am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm.