Debra Reid Jenkins, Liz Maltman, Bonnie Paruch, Jack & Alice McLean
Artist Demo: - Bonnie Paruch, Sunday, May 29th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs May 5th - June 7th
The big water of Lake Michigan, cherry orchards in bloom, children on the beach, and quiet river streams are the inspirations for oil painter Debra Reid Jenkins. Her goal is to capture a specific moments in time—with the hope that the canvas will behave like a doorway instead of just an object on the wall. Jenkins’ original training in portraiture, combined with a found love of plein air painting, creates an approach to a landscape where she sees a “portrait” of place and time.
Oil painter and pastel artist Bonnie Paruch says she paints what moves her, with the hopes that “someone else will enjoy the view.” Her work focuses on interiors, still lifes, and vintage Door County scenes. “I consider myself a storyteller,” "For me, a successful painting goes beyond recording the facts My goal is to create a personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.”
Working in pastels as well as oil and acrylics, Liz Maltman’s plein air landscapes involve experimentation and a whole lot of color. Her bright and innovative use of color, technique, and pattern expresses both her enthusiasm for the outdoors as well as her background in fabric and design. “My love for silent sports really seems to complement my painting,” Maltman says. “I paint outside whenever I can.”
Jack and Alice McLean's one-of-a-kind bronze constructions are arc-welded, forged, machined, and oxidizes with hot patinas—a process that has evolved through a 40-year dialogue with materials. From bronze “paintings” with patinas formed into primitive towers and buildings to three-dimensional bronze and copper sculptures with perfected, sometimes deconstructed surface treatments and the use of found objects, all of the McLean’s work seeks to become part of the visual vocabulary—for the artists’ consideration as well as the viewer. “Through this, I’ve learned when to impose my will and when to listen,” Jack McLean says. “I want my pieces to look ‘made’ and to retain evidence of my hand and thought.”
Dean Bradshaw, Martha Fieber, Richard Patt & Robinson Scott
Artist Reception: Saturday June 11, 4-7pm
Artist Demo: - Martha Fieber, Sunday, June 12th, 11-2pm
Exhibit runs June 10th - July 6th
Textile artist Martha Fieber spent most of her professional career as a mechanical designer, which paved the way for her intricate “landscapes in thread.” Working from a background of linen that she hand-dyes and paints, she builds layer upon layer into her pieces using innumerable stitches and knots made of silk, rayon, metallic or hand-dyed cotton threads. The result is richly textured, vibrant work that often appears to be three-dimensional – a perfect combination of her ability for precision with her love of nature.
For the past several years, Richard Patt has focused on painting Wisconsin barns, which he says are recollections of this childhood growing up on a farm west of Milwaukee in Waukesha County. Because of these memories, he often begins a painting relying only on his memories, impressions, and emotions of the landscape and its structures. A repeating theme in his work is a strong horizontal linear quality, an influence Patt attributes to artist Richard Diebenkorn.
Robinson Scott’s hand-blown glass is created using many Swedish color-layering techniques, combined with his own variations, which have been developed and perfected through 40 years. of experimental evaluation. These techniques create a three-dimensional viewing experience of his work—combining subtle color presence and complex design with each individual piece. Scott says he enjoys the challenge of change when it comes to working with glass. “Glass is perpetual,” he says. “Each day with it, each experience with it stimulates ideas and motivates me to further test, expand, and explore my abilities.”
Growing up in the Mountains of southern California, nature quickly became oil painter Dean Bradshaw’s closest friend. Now living in the mountains of northern Utah, he has continued to translate his experience in nature to paper and canvas. “Painting directly from nature means the world to me,” Bradshaw says. “It opens up new dimensions in the way I see light and color.” Working to achieve an abstract quality by creating textural work that doesn’t focus on details, Bradshaw’s plein air work combines strong design elements and dramatic lighting. These components are complemented by Bradshaw’s heightened hues.
Pamela Murphy & Nathan Bennett
Artist Reception: Thursday, July 7th, 4-7pm
Exhibit runs July 7th - August 1th
Artist Demo: - Nathan Bennett, Friday, July 8th, 11-2pm
Oil and encaustic painter Pamela Murphy uses old photographs to form the basis of her nostalgic paintings. The people in those photographs may be strangers, but to Murphy, they’re a reminder of “ourselves, our families, and our issues – both personal and cultural.” The figures in Murphy’s paintings are often presented on rich, textured surfaces, with many layers of paint to represent the history of the canvas as well as isolate the form of each figure.
Metal artist Nathan Bennett’s medium of choice is patina. a centuries-old process that has been handed down from one generation of artists to the next. Using silicon bronze plate, Bennett applies iron, silver, copper, and other chemical compounds suspended in water to achieve brilliant colors. These colors are infused into the bronze with the help of fire—something Bennett says is chaotic and messy, but that’s the beauty of it. “I paint with the intent of saying something,” Bennett says. “This is the intersection where the viewer hears what I think, knows what I say.
Lori Beringer, Hal Koenig, David Sear & Dave Turner
Artist Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 4-7pm
Exhibit runs August 4th - September 9th
Oil painter Lori Beringer’s works is known for her landscapes, still lifes, and portraits that capture a joyous celebration and a deep reverence for each day. For this year’s show at Fine Line, This year, she turns her attention to her family—especially her small granddaughters—which bring brightness and beauty to her work. “There are moments in time we can all identify with—and this is an example of where my personal connection and the viewer’s response can merge,” Beringer says. Capturing the movement and energy of those moments is her goal, which explains her love of large subjects that dominate the landscape, and the simple messages they convey.
Dave Turner has always enjoyed working with wood, but didn’t take up woodturning until nine years ago. In addition to turning, he has also created his own technique for coloring his pieces by using alcohol-based dyes and inks. The coloring of the work often leads viewers to believe that the wood pieces are actually porcelain or ceramic. Turner’s work ranges from abstract to impressionism to realism—and his self-taught curiosity and love for his work challenges his work to constantly evolve and see what the medium will allow him to do.
Living in Milwaukee, oil painter Hal Koenig has a love for both urban and natural landscapes. In his new River Shed series, Koenig depicts utility structures on Wisconsin shores. “It’s about the interplay of our natural and built environment along these workhorse waterways,” Koenig says. These simple sheds are depicted with an emphasis on color, reflection, and light. the impressionist style of the landscapes leave location, age, and purpose of the structures to the viewer’s interpretation.
Embedded within layers of translucent acrylic, painter David Sear creates surfaces that convey light, texture, and color. Sear finds the intrinsic beauty of the natural world extremely compelling—and it’s a reason why the Golden Section and other related symmetries find their way into his compositions. It’s these harmonic proportions in nature that Sear finds most compelling, along with another inspiration—the Mississippi River he grew up with. These two elements combine for Sear’s first show at Fine Line, with the symmetries playing out in abstracted curvilinear and rectilinear forms based on Wisconsin’s agricultural fields and rivers.
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