Artist Connie Gardiner
Artist Robert Wilken
Summer Art Camp Showcase
August 29, 2022 – Beloit Art Center August announces September exhibits
Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce the September exhibits which will open with a First Friday Gallery Reception on September 2nd from 5-7pm. A gallery talk featuring the artists will be held at 6pm. The exhibits will be open through September 29th.
Connie Gardiner of Beloit is the featured artist in the Main Gallery. Connie is relatively new to painting and is self-taught. Specializing in the essence of life, she has grown with each strike of her brush. Her current studio at Beloit Art Gallery, has allowed her to take the first step as a member of the art community. Professionally, Connie is a nurse at a local skilled nursing facility, Autumn Lake in Beloit. During the pandemic, she began sharing her artwork in the rooms of her patients and proudly gifting pieces to those returning home, or to the families of those who pass on. Her dedication to her profession as a nurse has extended to her artwork and will continue to grow throughout the next chapter of her life.
In the Bell Gallery the art center welcomes Robert Wilkens. Robert feels blessed to be a purgatory artist - seeing two worlds and trapped in neither. Hispanic by birth, his adoption at age eleven, provides his Anglo last name. Robert began his career as an artist at age 23. Inspired by Michelangelo and DaVinci, he began his work doing murals and trompe l'oeil. His commissions are in Texas churches, businesses, homes, and culminated with the Theater Room of the White House for First Lady Laura Bush. As his skills developed, his influences have expanded to include Doolittle, Dali, and Picasso. He remains open to a diverse range of styles, subject matters, and mediums, including sculpture, plein air, portraits, still life, and is known in San Antonio for his Day of the Dead paintings. Determined to find his own voice as an artist, his current work uses surrealism and expressionism in an attempt to expand consciousness and challenge intellectual reality. His work is collected throughout the United States and Mexico.
In July Beloit Art Center hosted an Art Camp for students ages 9 – 16. A Student Art Showcase will be displayed in the open classroom space adjacent to the gallery. Students learned about drawing, watercolor, acrylic, collage techniques, and pottery. The showcase will feature several of these pieces and several of the young artists will be in attendance.
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 visit www.beloitartcenter.com. The gallery is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday 10am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm.
Read the Beloit Art Center August newsletter here:
Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce the August exhibits which will open with a First Friday Gallery Reception on August 5th from 5-7pm. A gallery talk featuring the artists will be held at 6pm. Exhibits will be open through August 25th.
In the Main Gallery we are pleased to present Points of View, Reprise. Featuring all new work, Rockford artists Sue Abare, Jean Apgar, Jill Rae Martin-Golden, Beth Wemmer and John Wemmer are back with more colorful and delightful collections of work. This exhibit will feature traditional watercolors, nostalgic acrylics, and bold oil paintings. While each of the five artists have their own distinct style, you will note how well they complement each other as a group of artist.
In the Bell Gallery the Beloit Art Center is offering a selection of artwork from our collection which will be for sale. If you are looking to refresh your walls, this is a good time to stop by. Beloit Art Center is always interested in donations of original or limited edition prints that we can offer for sale or fundraising. Donations like this help support future gallery exhibits and scholarships for classes and art camp students, while also providing the opportunity for someone else to enjoy artwork which is new to them at an affordable price.
In July we also kicked off a new quarterly exhibit at the Beloit Public Library. From now through September stop and see the artwork of Carol Spitznagel. Carol grew up in Beloit and attended Beloit Memorial High School. Upon graduation she received a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design. From there, she worked in marketing and advertising where her art training was put to good use. Spitznagel’s paintings often show people enjoying different aspects of their lives, creating inviting compositions through her use of color and subject matter. Carol has won top awards in the Beloit Art Center Annual Juried Exhibit, as well as state awards with the Wisconsin Regional Artist Program (WRAP).
Bidding is now OPEN for the 2022 FISH FRENZY FUNDRAISER. If you haven’t seen the fish yet, stop downtown and look in the First National Bank Plaza, and in the windows of Walnut Creek, The Villager Art Gallery, and inside Northwoods Premium Confections and the Beloit Art Center. Then head to www.beloitauction.com and get your bids in! More than 50 artists members have shown their creativity, by decorating and donating the fish back to the Beloit Art Center to auction off. 100% of the proceeds will support free art and stress relief classes for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Conceived by cancer survivor and Beloit Art Center board member Nancy Mayhew, this project been a wonderful example of what a community can do to support others who are going through tough times. Bidding for the Fish Frenzy will close at 7pm on August 15.
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 visit www.beloitartcenter.com. The gallery if free and open to the public. Hours are Monday 10am – 2pm, Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm.