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New Art Exhibit

Cheryl Mahowald 'Starfish'.jpg“Pulp to Paper,” a retrospective of work in paper and book arts by Cheryl Mahowald, will be shown from Aug. 14 through Sept. 15 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public also is welcome to her artist’s talk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Room 102, and to an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The exhibit, talk and reception are free.

Mahowald is an award-winning paper and book artist from Newton. Her work has been exhibited at numerous U.S. galleries, museums and libraries, and hangs in various permanent collections and in private homes.

“I met Cheryl in the Lakeshore Artists Guild,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College. “Cheryl is a leader in the group and an inspiring artist. Her works are beautiful and range in scale and subject, but fibers are her medium. Cheryl once showed our group her studio and walked us through the process of creating paper. It is unique for an artist to be involved in the creation of the medium, as well as the final work.”

Paper is an ancient medium, invented almost 2,000 years ago, Mahowald said in her artist’s statement.

“My obsession with handmade paper began over 20 years ago,” she said. “I was drawn to the sensory aspect and ‘Zen-like’ quality of making paper by hand. I like the smell of cooking fiber, the feel of the pulp in the vat, and the sound of the water as it drains through the mold. I love the entire process.”

Mahowald is challenged to explore paper’s many applications.

“Paper is an extremely versatile medium,” she said. “Among other things, it can be dyed, stitched, folded, painted, woven and sculpted. Through the years, I have learned many traditional fiber art and mixed-media techniques that I use in my books and paper art. My paper art tends to reflect more of the natural world and my books are usually an expression of my reaction to and interpretation of current events. I continue to learn new ways to work with paper. I know that I will never master them all.”

About the artist:

Mahowald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in Ames and has worked in the field of art and design since 1982. She has taught papermaking and bookbinding to all ages, from preschool children to adults. She has hosted workshops, taught at the DuPage Art League gallery in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

Mahowald is a partner in Prairie Spirit Papers Inc. and co-founder of the Book and Paper Arts Guild in Wheaton, Illinois. She is a member of the Sheboygan Visual Artists, the Lakeshore Artists Guild and Friends of Dard Hunter, an organization dedicated to papermaking.

Photo caption: “Starfish” by Cheryl Mahowald/Submitted photo

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New Art Exhibit

Young.Jeffry.ThreeSprings.OilA “Reverence for Creation” exhibit of works by the Water’s Edge Artists will run April 3 through May 8 in the Donald P. Taylor and Du Charme Erdmann galleries at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road. It is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The exhibit highlights the Franciscan values that make up Silver Lake College’s foundational principles of compassion, peacemaking and reverence for creation.

Water’s Edge Artists-Painters for Preservation is an alliance of plein air artists dedicated to artistically recording historic, endangered or threatened places. Plein air refers to painting outdoors under natural light conditions.

Members of the group engage each other and the public through collaboration with local environmental and historic preservation stewardship organizations. Through these joint efforts, the Water’s Edge Artists group seeks to stimulate awareness of the need to protect and celebrate natural resources, as well as historic places and treasures.

“Water’s Edge Artists joined my painting students this fall in a campus-wide ‘Paint out,’” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art at Silver Lake College. “Artist Pamela Clausen briefed us on how to approach a plein air painting during class time. It was a great collaboration and I am looking forward to having the Water’s Edge Artists back on campus. Their mission aligns closely with Silver Lake College’s, and it is always inspiring when artists join together and paint for a purpose.”

The exhibit will include works by the following artists: Mary Anderson, Sally Berner, Marina Beyer, Phyllis Brillowski, Bonnita Budsyz, Marty Carney, Pam Clausen, Cynthia Dirtzu, Amy Eliason, Evie Grasse, Erika Greiser-Heuel, Kitty Lynne Klich, Rose Kunesh, Ken Marsden, Ruth Meyer, Judy Parins, Jay Parsons, Michael Reif, Dan Rizzi, Joan Schwabe, Russell Schwindt, Madonna Siles, Robert Theaker, Cynthia Tumpach and Jeffry Young.

A free Artists Reception will be given from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 20. Student music performances will be by: Will Elliott on trumpet, Ben Johnston on saxophone, Ben Karnitz on trombone, Hanna Stolper on piano, Andrew Bins on bass and Michael Stearns on percussion.Young.Jeffry.ThreeSprings.Oil.jpgYoung.Jeffry.ThreeSprings.Oil

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New Art Exhibit Coming

STUDIO HOLLIES WITH CORN CRIB By Bonnita Budysz.jpgRadiant color, lush luminosity and the bravura brushstrokes of the Russian Impressionist tradition”is howBonnita Budysz’s vibrant painting style has been described.

Silver Lake College will present “The Nurture of Nature,”an exhibit of works by the Two Rivers artist, Feb. 20-March 31 in the Lake’s Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Budysz will lead the discussion, “Art That Heals: Conversation with the Community,” from noon to 1 p.m. on March 2. The discussion and exhibit are free and open to the public.

“With this exhibit, it is my intention to stir your senses as I share the exquisite beauty and grandeur of the natural world with you,” Budysz said in her artist’s statement.

She paints plein air year-round, primarily in her native Wisconsin, the Southwest and California, as well as in Ireland, Italy and England.Plein air refers to painting outdoors, where a painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

“Painting from life raises my level of involvement with nature—feet in snow, face in sun. There is something glorious and vital about being in the elements and that exuberance is translated onto the canvas as no other experience can be,” she said.

“The color, light and brushwork that exist within her work reflect the beauty of a shared memory or moment in time,”said Dr. Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College.

The painter’s internationally honored paintings are widely exhibited in private and corporate collections, fine galleries and museums. Her work has received prestigious awards and has been featured in national art and regional magazines.

She shares her love of art by conducting popular workshops, encouraging other painters to participate in plein air painting, and demonstrating and lecturing at prestigious learning institutions worldwide. She is the founder of the ecologically-sensitive plein air painting group, Water’s Edge Artists, painters for preservation.

Her current project is “Water Dance, A Painter’s Pilgrimage: Exploring Wisconsin Waterways, Past to Present, by Canoe.” It is a multi-year odyssey of rediscovery, exploring the waterways and watersheds of Northeast Wisconsin. Authors, poets, musicians and draftsmen will contribute to the project.

In Wisconsin, Budyszis represented at the River’s Edge Galleries in Mishicot, at the Bridge-Between Gallery in Denmark, Wisconsin, and at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery in Manitowoc.

Her artworks consistently garner prestigious awards at the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. The Portrait Society of America newsletter regularly features her figurative and portrait pieces.

Silver Lake College gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Photo caption:“Studio Hollies with Corn Crib” by BonnitaBudysz. Image courtesy of the artist

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New Art Exhibit at UW-Manitowoc

Martens art exhibit image.jpgThe community is invited to view an art exhibit titled “Seeing the World” by Gregory Martens in the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Founder’s Hall Art Gallery on display Apr. 11 through May 10.

During his childhood, Martens traveled back and forth from the country to the city to visit his Grandma and older uncles and discovered the incredible early Mad Magazines. As a young teen Martens was attracted to the art section at the library and the “Northern Line” of Bosch, Brueghel, Schongauer, and especially Durer. Later, during the 1970s counterculture, Martens discovered Underground comics, Robert Crumb, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso and Robert Williams.

“I saw tremendous similarities among all those ‘Black-Line’ artists and realized they were all influenced by medieval manuscript painters in Europe,” said Martens.

After many years as a salesman on the road, Martens became a cobbler in Wauwatosa, where his whole family helped fix the shoes in their busy shop. After ten years as a cobbler, at age 46, Martens was suddenly stricken with a very aggressive case of bone marrow cancer which is now in remission.

Physically unable able to fix shoes, Martens went back to college to study art. He says the harder he worked as an artist the more he recovered from his illness. Martens earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from UW-Milwaukee. Now he spends time working in his studio workshop called Hip Joint Press, and teaches printmaking at UW-Milwaukee.

The UW-Manitowoc Founder’s Hall Gallery is open to the public weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There is no admission cost. Call (920) 683-4735 for more information or visit “The Arts” section of the UW-Manitowoc website at