Driven by her love for art, Anita Wildermuth became a teacher for 37 years. Much of that time was spent as the supervisor of Elementary Art for the Beloit School District. Inspired by her elementary art teacher Laurence Urbscheit and her father, Mrs. Wildermuth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Elementary education from Luther College, and a Master of Arts in teaching from Rockford College. One of her accomplishments was making sure every child in the district got to go to the Milwaukee Public Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum before they left the elementary school. ‘It was the first time many students had been in a museum, or to a large city. Some were so excited they went home and wanted to take their parents back to share what they had seen’, Wildermuth recalls. Another highlight of Anita’s career was being among 50 people invited by the US Government to go to China with the People to People Art Program in 1988 to study the Chinese Art Education Program. She met Art teachers from all over the USA and China.
Outside of her career, Mrs. Wildermuth has been very active with the Turtle fire Department, where her husband Robert has also been a volunteer for many years. She is involved in the Beloit Intermediate Women’s club and Altrusa and is a member of the Beloit Art Center, Janesville Art League and the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association.
In September Anita will have a solo art exhibit in the Main Gallery at Beloit Art Center, made up of many of the pieces she has created over her long career as an artist. The exhibit will feature a variety of mediums, including paintings, photography, jewelry, and fiber art.
In the Bell Gallery, the Art Center is pleased to feature artwork created by summer Art Camp students, as well as Mosaic Workshop students. All work in this exhibit is new and created this summer.
A First Friday Reception will be held on September 3, from 5 - 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin. Hours are Monday 10am - 2pm; Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday from 10am - 2pm. For further information please visit www.beloitartcenter.com
BELOIT ART CENTER STUDENT SHOWCASE
Above: watercolor butterflies. Below: students learned calligraphy, mosaic work, caricatures and acrylic painting during camp, along with pottery including hand building and working on the pottery wheel. To see more projects stop by the Bell gallery during the month of September.
Beloit Public Library
In partnership with the Beloit Public Library, the Art Center also installs quarterly exhibits in the library entryway. From July – September the featured artist is Mariclare Sheil. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mariclare’s paintings, drawings and murals can be found in corporate, public and private collections. Mariclare is also the lead instructor of the Beloit Art Center Thursday Evening Open Studio Artist Group, which meets from 5:30-8:00pm each week. Attendance is open to artists working in any medium. At 6:00pm Mariclare leads a short time of instruction on varied topics. The rest of the session is for working on projects and casual conversation. This group has a come when you can, drop-in enrollment and meets on the second floor.
The First Friday Opening Reception on August 6 is from 5pm - 7pm at 520 E. Grand Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin. The event is free and open to the public. Both in-house exhibits will be open until August 27. Gallery hours are Monday 10am - 2pm; Tuesday 10am - 5pm and Saturday from 10am - 2pm. For more information please visit: www.beloitartcenter.com