Continuing Studies Art Gallery
21 N. Park Street
When you visit Continuing Studies, be sure to enjoy the artwork in our Art Gallery on the 7th Floor. We established this gallery to provide a resource for artists to display their art in a public education environment. Artists include employees and their family members, instructors, students, and other friends of Continuing Studies.
There are 3 small exhibit areas—one on each end of the main hallway, and one in the Wisconsin Idea conference room. The hallways are open to the public M, W, Th, and F 7:45am-4:30pm and T 7:45am-7pm.
Thank you to all the artists.
|Dates||WI Idea Room||West Hallway||East Hallway|
|Dec '16–Jan '17||Robert “Bob” Giese||Sandy Beaupre||Sandy Beaupre|
|Feb–Mar '17||Patricia Indgjer||Barbara Vater||Renee Ruggles|
|Apr–May '17||Chuck Bauer||Ingrid Dohm||Gregg Williard|
|June–July '17||Diane Kravetz||Howard Tarnoff||Howard Tarnoff|
|Aug–Sept '17||Anne Raskopf||Robin Hackman||Peter Beatty|
|Oct–Nov '17||Taisia Kuklina||Brigid O’Keefe||Terri Messinides|
|Dec '17–Jan '18||Joel Wish||Peter van Laeys||Philip Salamone|
|Feb–Mar '18||Joel Wish||Becky Tarver-Chase||Gina Hecht|
I am a retired physician without formal artistic training, although I have apprenticed with Sally Duback in Milwaukee. I have been interested in contemporary art for 4 decades, especially the mid twentieth century colorists such as Rothko, Frankenthaler, Mary Abbott, and Morris Louis. I also have enjoyed sculptural paper art and the manner in which colored dyes interact with paper pulp. With screen printing I am interested in the pursuit of line, form, and color on hand-made paper emphasizing its texture.
|Sandra K. Beaupre
Dec 2016–Jan 2017
The ocean is as mysterious to me as space and time, and largely unknowable except from its surface. Until only recently, we knew more about the surface of the moon than we knew about the ocean floor.
My subject matter focuses on abstract landscapes and natural mysteries. I try to capture nature's forms — in particular, those I cannot experience directly: outer space, time, and the movement of the surface and depths of the sea. I recently had an extended opportunity to be out on the open ocean and its beauty in form and movement deeply affected me.
My paintings capture the intensity and the very essence of my relationship to art. Floral images, from earliest childhood, have always remained the lynchpin that would lead me to further explorations for my artistic expressions.
I have seriously attempted other avenues of expression, such as portraits and abstract painting, but personal satisfaction has always eluded me.
|Robert “Bob” Giese
Dec 2016–Mar 2017
This recent body of work represents a combination of influences, and dreaming the results. Yes, dreams play a big part in my art work! I have been influenced by Molas, which are textiles sewn by San Blas Kuna people from off the coast of Panama. I have also been influenced by Australian Aboriginal paintings.
These pieces are sewn on dyed, felted wool from Nepal. I have pieced, beaded, and embroidered the work in layers. They represent landscapes imagined by me, or aerial vistas as one might view on a map. Therefore I have titled these works: Imaginary Landscapes.
I have been sewing, embroidering, and knitting since I was seven. Throughout my high school years I made most of my own clothes, winning a statewide award for a plaid suit I made myself, matching the plaids!
I began taking painting classes through the UW-Madison Continuing Studies in the fall of 2014. I initially fell in love painting with oils and have recently added soft pastels. Though I paint with realistic detail, I am greatly inspired by impressionism. My subject matter is comprised mostly of landscapes, floral compositions, and animals.
In nature there is a cooperation of peacefulness and quiet strength that is overwhelmingly powerful. I work with a crisp impressionistic style to reflect the dynamic of that relationship. My work gives the viewer a feeling of being part of the moment, suggesting the sensation of being within the artwork itself.
I began my journey as a photographer in 2008, after I retired from the faculty of the School of Social Work at the UW-Madison. I started by taking photography courses and soon developed a passion for this powerful form of expression.
At first, I focused on event, travel, and street photography. I now concentrate on fine art photography, making photographs to discover and nurture myself as an artist. Fine art photography has given me a new way of seeing and a new way of being. I love the process and challenge of making photographs.
The collection of photographs for my art display is my description of the idea that Autumn is the second spring, when every leaf is a flower.
I'm miles away when I paint. My journey doesn't take me far, but as Twyla Tharp says, "art is the only way to run away without leaving home." Monotonous responsibilities, flashing screens/technology, and the dull glow of traffic far away can often make a person feel trapped. Humans were born into nature and thus it is a powerful escape.
Beauty is everywhere, from the rainbow of colors in our skin, to the personality evoked by the slant of a brow, to the inner glow of a rose petal. Working in several veins at once, I often use traditional oil painting to convey modern subjects. I also do pastels that depict the myriad textures found in nature.
In my Hands series, I explore taboo emotions such as frustration and depression. To ignore negative emotion is to stigmatize people who are experiencing devastation. Life isn’t perfect; but, it’s all valid, beautiful, even gorgeous. Modern insistence on "staying positive" can seem to blame victims of life’s hardships for their situations. By sharing my own emotional experiences, I hope to help others feel less alone.
Dec 2017–Jan 2018
This exhibition is a collection of portraits of the citizens of Madison. I believe that a painting is a record of an experience, and I enjoy sitting with the subject and having a conversation and painting their portrait. Your state of mind, your sense of engagement, the smells in the air, and the other people in room all contribute to influence every mark that is made on the canvas. My hope is that this show is a representation of some of the citizens of our city, and that these portraits convey a sense of who the model is, who I am, and the relationship between us.
I have over 40 years of creative experience in the toy industry; in corporate management and independently as a consultant and inventor. I have run the product development for such products as Golden Books, Crayola Crayons, Lionel Trains, Craftmaster art kits, and MPC model kits. I have invented and licensed more than 30 products to the toy industry companies such as Mattel, Hasbro, FisherPrice, Milton Bradley, and more. I was also a co-owner of an art gallery.
These photographic portraits are inspired by the traditional jointed teddy bears that I design and make by hand under the name Dangerbears. Each bear requires dozens of hours of work, and unlike mass-produced teddy bears, artist teddy bears — made for adult collectors — allow for as much creativity and experimentation as the artist wishes. Each bear is one-of-a-kind, and each has a distinct personality, which is most evident in the faces of the bears.
|Peter van Laeys
Dec 2017–Jan 2018
I paint because it's satisfying; it feels good to take something conceptual like an idea or a memory and make it into something solid.
I make oil paintings on stretched canvas or canvas panel, mostly sticking with a medium-sized brush. I start with a white or black canvas and then apply a thin layer of earthy colors to provide a foundation for the painting. Then I fill in the forms with thicker colors mixed on a pallette.
Distinctive and memorable scenes of the natural world, encountered on hikes and in travel, inspire me. My sketches and photographs serve as starting points for the paintings.
My work is defined by range and energy rather than subject matter. The goal is to produce a compelling and memorable image that shares my joy and wonder of our world.
A painting is a conversation between the artist and the canvas and then between the canvas and the viewer. I hope you enjoy a conversation with a painting here today.
Dec 2017–Mar 2018
I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. and had formal training in oil painting at the Corcoran School of Art and through private classes. I studied sculpture and ceramics at Alfred University and since then have had training in watercolor and pastel. I’ve worked almost exclusively in pastels and photography over the past 20 years. I am a member of the Washington Island Art Association and the Madison Art Guild. My paintings are currently on display locally at the Newell Gallery in Waunakee and the Johnston Gallery in Mineral Point, WI.
View artwork from previous years here»