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Occasional Artists Art Show & Sale 2018
June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Occasional Artists are a group of working professionals who find the time to pursue their passion for art and photography in their free time. This year we have gathered six artists who will be showing and selling their work at the North Point Lighthouse Museum on Friday, June 8, 2018, from 5-8 PM with a portion of the proceeds going to support the museum. Cash Bar.
Growing up in a small farming community in Indiana, I learned to draw early in life. I earned spending money by sketching portraits at county fairs and illustrations in weekly papers. Art teachers in high school and college taught me ways to master drawing fluidly from life.
In college, my small stained glass business, The Vitreous Works, paid the rent every month. Graduating from Ball State University with an art minor in the middle of an economic crisis, I left my art behind for many years. I always doodled and took a few art classes now and then. Photography became a real passion. I worked with many mediums over the years from soldering stained glass, welding, pastels and always pencil sketching. It’s funny how I stayed away from watercolor over the years because I thought it too difficult. In October 2014, taking an afternoon watercolor class with a friend while on vacation created an affinity for the flow, the color and the glorious accidents of the water, the paint and the paper. The ongoing impact of that amazing afternoon is in my paintings daily.
My love of textiles, pattern and construction began when I was a young girl. My mother signed me up for Saturday morning sewing lessons with Mrs. Winnekins. We called her “ Winnie”. (Thank you, Mom). Another influential seamstress in my life was my Aunt Eleanor. I remember making a fully lined, two-piece suit at her house one weekend as a teenager. I can still see that apricot colored fabric in my mind’s eye to this day. I was married in her yard wearing a vintage dress.
My love of all things vintage and textile related continues today in my work. I mine thrift stores and discover unfinished projects and kitschy items that inspire me. In some way, I feel I am paying homage to women who didn’t see themselves as artists.
In addition to vintage patterns, I am currently exploring ways to incorporate silhouette reverse painting on plexiglass and patterns derived from Japanese textiles.
A photography addict since the days when she loaded 35 mm film in her camera and processed the rolls in her bathroom. “I have the greatest memories of those days, but am basking in the new technology and endless opportunities to make my photos to be the best they can be”. Michele said. “Everything I see is a picture waiting to be taken. Especially food and bursts of color.”
Robert Zondag is a Wisconsin-based artist with a current focus on hand-colored prints (relief printing), mixed-media collage, watercolor and acrylic. Having studied both the Chinese and Japanese art forms of printmaking and watercolor brush-technique, Zondag is on a quest to convey meaning through simplicity of form and use of color.
Robert works are found in both private and corporate collections both locally and internationally. He has exhibited in numerous shows and was selected for the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s Open Canvas numerous years. Robert is on the board of the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network.
Gail Towers Nolan
Gail Towers Nolan is a Wisconsin watercolor artist specializing in close-scale nature paintings, drawing inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe and Gustav Klimt. Her work blends bold color and lines with soft fluid edges to create a style akin to abstracted realism. She has three paintings in print production, including one for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and her work has appeared in numerous publications. In addition to her art, Gail uses the left side of her brain as an economic strategy consultant for aerospace and IT industry development.
Mark P. Kuehn
Mark’s love of anything maritime started when he was a child, watching his great-uncle draw and paint boats and landscapes. When he was 11, his aunt sent him to a drawing class in the summer to get him out of her hair. The rest is history. Mark attended the Layton School of Art and Design from 1972-74. He graduated from the Portland School of Art in Portland Maine in 1976. While living in Maine, Mark worked as a lobster fisherman and would paint watercolors of the fisherman’s boats. Today Mark is a Creative Director of an advertising /marketing agency in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. His love of maritime history led him to the North Point Lighthouse Museum where today he is the Curator and has picked up his brush and pencil following in his great-uncle’s footsteps. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the All Hands Boatworks. He can’t seem to get enough time around boats.
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Parking: County Pavilion parking lot or on-street parking.
A portion of proceeds benefit the North Point Lighthouse.