Wisconsin Regional Art Program Presents
The Fine Art of Craft
. Jacqueline Alberg .
. Scott Bargender .
. Rene Iannarelli .
. Judi Werner .
On view until May 2, 2015
Weekdays during business hours
1922 University Avenue
Join us for an
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Jacqueline Alberg, Basket Artist, Tomahawk, WI
The pieces Jackie has in this exhibition feature her ''Antler Baskets.' In these works she incorporates shed white tail deer antlers into each one-of-a-kind basket. She has been been making baskets for about 30 years and antler baskets for about 15 years. Jackie enjoys all aspects of basket making but really applies her artistic nature with the antler baskets.
She says "I love to incorporate color and texture dying the reed myself and using natural fibers when possible."
Judi Werner, Jewelry Artist, Madison, WI
Judi began her next area of "research" through a series of jewelry classes. With classes and teacher encouragement she now incorporates fabrication work and casting in her pendants, rings, and bracelets using gold, sterling silver, copper, and brass. Each year the pieces get more complex yet whimsical and simple. Judi will also be showing her work at the High Street Gallery in Mineral Point. Check it out Gallery Night on April 4th, 5:00-9:00 PM
Rene Iannarelli, Quilt Artist, Rhinelander WI
Rene has studied with national and international quilting experts including Karen Combs, Carol Taylor, Bonnie Browning, Margaret Miller, Joen Wolfrum, Wendy Bulter Berns, Liz Porter, and Doreen Speckman. Additionally, she has taught classes to others who share her passion for fabrics as a means of expression.
Her works have been exhibited in the Manito and Lakeland Art League shows, Nicolet College and a number of Quilt Guild shows over the last few years. Rene believes that everyone has a creative spirit.
Scott Bargender, Edgar, WI
Scott also teaches at the Driftless Folk School. In his courses his students learn many skills that he uses in his own woodworking, including the art of building furniture and carving using whole logs and limbs from trees – from harvesting to a finished piece of art.
This pointed wood piece, entitled 'Living Without Oil,' has the words 'We can live with out oil but can we not live with out water' carved into a beautiful butternut slab along with a windmill and sun. This artwork received the Rural Remembrandt Art Club Founder's Award when it was displayed in the 2014 Wisconsin Regional Art Program State Exhibition at the Center for Visual Art in Wausau. We are delighted to be able to bring it to Madison.
75 years of Celebrating Wisconsin Artists
In University of Wisconsin's 75th year of bringing the visual arts to the Wisconsin idea there are twenty-four communities with local arts organizations that are helping celebrate by providing WRAP exhibits and workshop opportunities to state and local artists. WRAPs offer non-professional artists from across the state of Wisconsin the opportunity to grow their own creative and artistic voices through the visual arts.
WRAP exhibitions offer non-professional lay artists the chance to exhibit. WRAP defines 'non-professional' as those artists who do not make the majority of their income from their art. Both beginners and highly accomplished artists participate in these self-juried exhibitions.
Each exhibit and workshop is coordinated locally, most with the support of a local art organization. You can find information about which WRAP exhibits are closest to you here.
Handmade Meaning Quilt
An additional treat in this exhibition is the display of the Handmade Meaning Quilt. In 2011 this quilt was created for an exhibit at the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery that looked at the role of craft in the Victorian age and in our own times. It was made as a creation of the Community Embroidery Project. More than 150 community volunteers lent a hand to the creation of squares for a Redwork quilt, inspired by the quilts women made for community fundraisers during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Come see this wonderful community art piece in person throughout the exhibition.
Visit this wonderful exhibition and plan to join us May 2nd for our closing reception. It will be an art filled weekend with the Spring Madison Gallery Night walk the night before, Friday May 1, and the Marquette-Atwood Open Studio walk on Sunday, May 3rd. Plan to make the 'Art of Craft' part of your schedule.