BRIAN HARTMANN | Main Gallery
New art by Brian Hartmann to be revealed at Beloit Art Center
The Beloit Art Center will open an exhibit of over 20 new paintings by Beloit watercolorist, Brian Hartmann. Brian’s paintings possess a nostalgic theme. Viewers will enjoy seeing recognizable Wisconsin sites produced with Brian’s intense color and detail.
While Brian has been creating art since he was a child, he didn’t exhibit his work or enter a juried art show until he entered the juried Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) at the Beloit Art Center in 2014. Brian won an award at the BAC show, sold his first piece of art, and he was on his way. Since then, Brian has won many awards including Regional and State WRAP awards that have landed his paintings at the Pyle Center at UW-Madison for month-long exhibits.
Brian contracted for a solo show in 2020 at the Beloit Art Center, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed his show forward to January 2021. Brian said that almost no one has seen the new art. He has been saving his pieces for a reveal at the BAC opening this coming Friday night!
Being a father of four, my life is always busy. What influences me in my choice of subject matter is the world the kids take me into, taking a snippet of my everyday life to convey a thought or feeling that can be rekindled in the viewer’s own life. Working with watercolor gives me the opportunity to manipulate and express a technique that is one-of-a-kind.
EM JOHNS | Bell Gallery
Beloit Memorial High School graduate Em Johns to exhibit in Bell Gallery
Em Johns is a local artist who was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin. They started becoming serious about their art in the fall of 2018 while taking the AP Studio course at Beloit Memorial High. They took the course twice between September 2018 and May 2020, receiving a top score of 5 both years. Em graduated from Beloit Memorial High in June 2020 and currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, seeking to earn a dual degree in Biology and Fine Art.
Em’s art was primarily created with the technical influence of her teacher, Elizabeth Carpenter, during their two years studying in AP Studio. Their mediums of choice are charcoal and ink, although they also work with colored pencils and digital media.
In the past years, their art was themed in order to seek success in their Studio class. In their junior year, they focused on the LGBT community and put them in the spotlight. In their senior year, they wanted to explore how different people see and deal with death. Today, they work on studies of different subjects such as nature, architecture, and humans.