Sunday, May 20, 2018

International group exhibition in India - Chitro Pot: Fusion of Traditional and Contemporary Art 2018

During my recent visit to India, I was invited to represent the USA in an international group exhibition presented by Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage.

The exhibition, held at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata during February 2018, included many artists from India and Bangladesh as well as artists from Serbia, Greece, Romania and Albania.

I was unable to stay in India for the exhibition, but left artwork with the organizers.

Upon seeing these photos of the exhibiting artists, I really wish I could have attended the reception. It would have been great to meet the artists from so many countries.

Click here to see a review of the exhibition appeared in The Statesman, 3rd-March-2018 a Kolkata newspaper, March 3, 2018.

Two other reviews appeared in Serbian newspapers: “Pancevo Serbia” city weekly News Paper Review 14th Feb, 2018, Chitro Pot : Fusion of Traditional & Contemporary Art

Serbian newspaper article about “Chitro Pot:Fusion of Traditional & Contemporary Art” (international group exhibition in Kolkata, India) Feb.7, 2018 Komsijskenovosti Hoboctn

Exhibition organizers Sourav Mukherjee (left) with Chinmoy Mukhopadhyay (center) and Indian Classical vocalist Sanjoy Banerjee (right) with two of my works in the exhibition. 

My next blog post will be about my recent solo exhibition in Kolkata.

Check out my artwork available at my Etsy store and on my Facebook page as well my Instagram feed.

Monday, April 30, 2018

I Will Be Teaching a Workshop in Beautiful Door County, Wisconsin this Summer

I am looking forward to teaching a two day workshop Interactions of Color and Composition August 31 & September 1, 2018 at Peninsula School of Art.

Workshop: Interactions of Color and Composition
Dates and Times: August 31-September 1 | 9am-4pm

In this workshop we will discover the impact that fundamental principles of design and color theory have in composing successful images. I will introduce the exciting effects of color interaction, harmonious and discordant color schemes, compositional strategies, and various underpainting techniques to create dynamic paintings.

Demonstrations and lectures with visual references will present concepts in color and design, including line, shape, value and compositional balance. Prompts and color experiments will offer the opportunity to put these concepts into action in your preferred painting medium. 
I will provide individualized attention to students as well as daily group instruction and critiques.

To register for the workshop click:

With instruction in all fine art media, at all skill levels, Peninsula School of Art has brought excellence to art education for over 50 years. Nationally recognized art educators lead workshops the light-filled, spacious studios nestled in the inspirational beauty of Door County, WI.

The beautiful 10 acre campus houses three painting and drawing studios, ceramics studios, metals and jewelry studios, children's and youth art studios, art resource library and a gallery exhibition space along with other facilities.

Click here to view the complete

Peninsula School of Art is situated in Fish Creek, WI, a popular tourist destination. Fish Creek is a hub for shopping and recreation in Door County. It is a walkable community with amazing art galleries, outdoor and fine dining, and beach relaxation. 

You can also enjoy nearby Peninsula State Park if you join me for this fun class! 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council Biennial Members Exhibition

I was recently invited by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council to be the Awards Judge for their Biennial Members Exhibition. 

The juried show held at the Plymouth Arts Center highlights the fine crafts of more than 30 artists.

The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, founded in 1916, is dedicated to fostering excellence in Fine Crafts and the support of the Artists who create it. Through shows, exhibitions, workshops and on-line, WDCC works to elevate standards and increase public awareness of design and craftsmanship. 

WDCC encourages individual expression, vitality and aesthetic growth opportunities for fellowship, acquisition of skills, and competitive exhibitions. Every two years, the WDCC organizes a juried exhibition of the best examples of Fine Craft created by the members and presented in partnership with a regional university or Arts Center. For more information about the WDCC, visit their website:

The Plymouth Arts Center is a non-profit community arts organization founded in 1993 to promote and nurture the visual and performing arts in Western Sheboygan County. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, the PAC has over 400 members and more than 250 volunteers who serve the organization. The PAC’s mission is to: Enliven the Spirit of our Community and To Enrich the Lives of All, by Providing Diverse Experiences in the Arts. Wisconsin artists are showcased in Gallery 110 North in six uniquely different exhibits per year. Additionally, the Arts Center offers an ongoing and vibrant schedule of live musical and theatrical performances, art classes, and a gift shop featuring member artwork.

Looking around Gallery 110 North, we experience a wide range of media explored by this artists. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, leather, fiber, wood, metal are some of the materials utilized.

As gentleman studies Scroll Sculpture a large metal sculpture by Don Esse, Night Reliably Becomes Day, a fiber piece by Lynn Novotnak can be seen on the wall behind him.

Red Moon Rising
Enameled Glass by Eggert GlassKathleen Eggert

Dance of the Dragonflies
Printmaking by Jan Jahnke


Milwaukee Skyline Platter 
by Jean's Clay Studio, Jean Wells

Tumbling Gingko Leaves
Mixed Media Gourd Art by Kate Shoemaker

Innocence Year
Terracotta clay an natural stone byAnn Mory Wydeven

Directions Table 
glass with steel by Eggert Glass, Dale Eggert 
(detail below)

Leather Collar 

Clay vase by Kathryn Corbin

To see many other works exhibited click:

A great gathering of artists and supporters attended the opening reception on March 16, 2018.

I congratulated the fine craft artists on their exciting exhibition. It was very difficult to select the award winners because so many pieces were beautiful and well crafted.

This lovely life-sized ceramic sculpture by Jeff Raasch received the Third Place Award. 

Ceramic sculpture by Jef Raasch (detail below)

Redwing with Cattails by Barbara Hollenback won the Second Place Award:

Barbara Hollenback with 2nd Place piece Redwing with Cattails and awards judge Cynthia Hayes

It was a pleasure congratulating First Place Award Winner Richard Bronk on his gorgeous wood wall hanging Afterglow.

wood by Bronk Art, Richard Bronk
(detail below)

Bronk also created this unique wooden chair!

The exhibition will be on display through Friday, May 4th. If possible make the trip to Plymouth for this show.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Icons & Illusions: Solo Exhibition in Decatur, IL - Part II

Welcome to  "Icons & Illusions", my solo exhibition in Decatur, IL. (March 2-28, 2018)

The Anne Lloyd Gallery staff has done a beautiful job arranging and hanging artwork.

This painting of Kartikeya was a good choice for the centerpiece.

Kartikeya on Peacock
65 x 58 inches (64” rods)
acrylic on hand blocked Kalamkari fabric

A painting of Buddha is flanked by River Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna on the end wall.

Another diptych occupies an adjacent wall.

Three images of Ganesh fill another wall.

Golden Ganesh
26” x 20” image
conte and acrylic on paper 
printed with metallic ink

Tables are set up for an Indian themed spread of food and a wine bar as the staff prepares for the opening reception.

An exhibition preview appeared in the newspaper, Decatur Herald and Review, March 1, 2018. I hope this brings attendees to the reception.

People start arriving.

Two featured pianists are scheduled for tonight. 

Larry Wade, first pianist of the evening, starts his performance as the crowd grows.

It is fun meeting everybody. I even have the chance to discuss curriculum with faculty from the local art college.

All gather for the Artist Talk and a series of speeches to celebrate the Decatur Area Arts Council's 50th Anniversary.

Sue Powell, the gallery director, gives me a nice introduction before I say a few words.

Perhaps I should hold this sign while I teach classes at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee! 

The second pianist, Mike Waltenberger,  plays some of my favorite melodies and ends the evening with a lovely rendition of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess.

Teaching Buddha
49 x 43 inches (48” rods)
acrylic on hand blocked Kalamkari fabric

Thank you Decatur Area Arts Council's Anne Lloyd Gallery for the memorable event and the opportunity to exhibit in the Madden Arts Center!