West Bend, WI, June 12, 2013: The Diva Group of West Bend announces Gallery Night… Art around the Bend event which will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 5:00PM - 8:00PM. Boutiques & Restaurants throughout Historic West Bend will showcase talented local visual artists. Meet artists while admiring their work, enjoying appetizers, and browsing through the stores. Afterward, enjoy a cocktail, dinner, and live entertainment at one of the participating restaurants.
Printable Gallery Night Pamphlet
2013 ARTIST INFORMATION
A Conversation Piece ∙ 132 S. 6th Ave ∙ 335-1100
I am a mural artist from West Bend. I have painted murals all across the United States. I was an art teacher for seven years, and have a line of greeting cards. Most of the canvas's that I do are for clients. Art is my passion.
Apple Barrel ∙ 229 S. Main St. ∙ 306-1732
Mel Kolstad – Mel is a Vintage Artist
Melissa "Mel" Kolstad is a self-taught artist and is constantly learning. Her love of vintage ephemera is what led her on her art path; the combination of old paper items and collage proved irresistible. Beginning with her stamp collection at the age of seven to finding treasures in antique stores throughout her youth, all the way to the present - Mel's inner artist seemed to be silently following her throughout her life. When she discovered ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) in the fall of 2006, those ideas finally had a name, and her dormant creativity was awakened with a passion. Since that time she has made her art her life's work and has been very active as a founding member of Fond du Lac Visual Arts. Mel's work can be seen in galleries around Fond du Lac; the Gallery & Frame Shop, Fond du Lac, WI; many issues of ATC Quarterly, a Canadian publication; and on her blog, Ephemeralogy. www.melkolstad.
Candyman on Main ∙ 121 N Main St. ∙ 306-8052
Teresa Mottet- Lampworking
Teresa Mottet has been Lampworking since 2004. She creates one of a kind glass beads and jewelry in her home studio. She is inspired by color and texture, but it is the process of working the glass in the flame that keeps her drawn to this medium. Teresa is a wife and mother to 3 children.
Century Farmhouse ∙ 1803 N. Main St. ∙ 334-2321
Susan Waala…Andrea…April… Brooke www.relativeart.com
Bringing You the World….
Through our Passion for Art and Photography
One Mother…. Three Daughters… Relative Art
Sue Waala and her daughters, Andrea, April, & Brooke, share the common bond of family and the thread of artistry. Via their love of the lens, they have photographed in Russia, France, Ireland, Prague, Budapest, England, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Amsterdam, Italy and the U.S. They express their POV's without saying a word- capturing moments to render them timeless.
Fusion-blend Specialty food & spices ∙ 121 S. Main St ∙ 334-1765
Joan Hohenstein fused glass-
All of my life I have been an artist. I have dabbled in most forms of art including drawing, clay sculpture, pottery, photography, and painting. I have been a stained glass artist for over 7 years. After majoring in art at Bethany Lutheran College as an oil painter, much time went by before I discovered glass. Most of the designs I make are original and I use both foil and lead techniques. I also work with hot glass (kiln-formed glass). I enjoy creating 3-dimensional pieces. Many think of glass as flat and rigid, but by layering and fusing glass, I feel that I can bring out details that would otherwise be lost. www.hohensteinglass.com
HTG Design Jewelers ∙ 134 N. Main St. ∙ 338-2256
Jim Gugg-Artist Jeweler.
Jim graduated from Kansas State University in 1980 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, majoring in metal smith. His work was featured in arts shows across the country and won awards for many of his two dimensional pieces. After settling in Milwaukee he began working in the jewelry industry and three years later opened HTG Design Jewelers in West Bend. For 29 years Jim has been creating one of a kind treasures for his customers. "I work with my clients to come up with designs that are personal and unique as the person receiving the piece".
Husar’s ∙ 131 N. Main St. ∙ 334-3453
Art cycle is an innovative community program developed for adults with disabilities to learn transferable skills, knowledge, and attitudes essential for success in many occupational and community settings
Mission: Linking individuals with disabilities to the community, using art as a bridge.
Robert Budecki – Waterfowl Carving Artist
A long time fascination with the natural beauty of waterfowl led Robert Budecki into a hobby of carving and painting a variety of life-like waterfowl. Having retired in 2009 robert now finds the time to produce enough pieces that he can offer his works for sale. Robert has won numerous awards over the twenty plus years that he has been carving and painting. In 2010 he won a blue ribbon for best in species at the prestigious Ward World Competition in Ocean City, MD. for his smoothie Drake Hooded Merganser. He works primarily with Tupelo wood & paints with acrylics. Robert is becoming known for his attention to detail and accurate renditions of wildfowl as well as for the creative vision present in his pieces. The life-like nature of his work on fully decorative pieces is truly remarkable. Many of his works look like they could spring to life right off the table.
Idle Hour or two...∙ 214 N. 6th Ave. ∙ 334-9600
graduated with Honors from Loyola University in 1978 with a Bachelor's Degree Studio Art in Sculpture and Painting. He also worked with Mario Spompinato and Bill Wichlenski where he learned Lost Wax Bronze casting in 1976 through 1978. The trio repaired Bronze sculptures from Mexico and produced various Bronze's for Galleries throughout the Chicago area. Patrick stopped painting in 1983 to work in Point of Purchase Advertising and raise a family. He started painting again in 2003 and won the 2012 "Francis M. Kipp Award for Creativity" at the Wisconsin Regional Annual statewide Art Exhibit
Much of his inspiration comes from the beautiful light quality of the different times of day and the changing seasons. "Painting outside has been a great experience, I am constantly learning from nature and understanding what happens in certain lighting conditions. I paint on location in all sizes; even very large paintings are started outside. There is nothing quite as emotional for me as working on a large painting outdoors, trying to capture all that form and space into a painting."
Being outdoors allows Steve the opportunity to reflect on life. "Paintings bring life and the beauty of nature into people's homes, granting people the opportunity to escape into a place they may not have the chance to see allowing for reflection, growth, and understanding."
Januli's Pizzeria & Italian Deli ∙ 115 S. Main St. ∙ 306-3555
Rosalie’s artistic talent is detailed hand painted furniture and accessories. Rosalie is a loyal employee of Januli’s. She will sometimes burst out in song with her beautiful soprano voice. She has also had singing engagements in various professional venues.
will be stopping in to play flute. Leah is a band instructor with the West Bend High School Band.
Ooh la la.. Accessories ∙ 138 N. Main St. ∙ 334-5559
Carol Jensen, Painter-
I live in a beautiful corner of SE Wisconsin and collage has become my way of expressing how I feel about the rural landscapes around me. I love working with paper - the variety is endless! It even comes to my door in the form of junk mail and magazines. Working on a landscape is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together - it is very meditative. I like to work small to draw the viewer in. I hope to convey the preciousness of what we are losing to development. www.carol-jensen.fineartamerica.com
Riverside Brewery ∙ 225 S. Main St ∙ 334-2739
Ruth-Anne’s Gourmet Market ∙ 136 N. Main St. ∙ 306-1590
Christ Tzakais, Potter-
Christ has been promoted from Greek Detective to Greek artist. Since retiring from the Fond Du Lac County Sheriff's department in 2002, Christ has had time to explore a lifelong interest in throwing on the wheel. Christ took several class from the local adult continuing education of UW-fond du lac. The artist has become proficient in a short period of time because he was able throw on a daily basis without interruption. His preference is throwing and glazing large bowls. Christ has proctored open studios for UW-FDL. He is facilitated a guided wheel throwing experience with over 100 fifth grade students at Friendship Learning Center from 2005-2013. Christ has completed a 6 week grant funded artists in the project with the alternative leaning center in N. Fond du Lac in the spring of 2006. Since that time he continues to work with the students as a volunteer. The artist continues to develop his skills by turning wooden lids. He states, "After 37 years of being around Alice(wife) I have finally found the Artist in me and I am proud to be her "Old Hairy Potter"." Finding and developing my creative artistic abilities has been very rewarding and fulfilling, it has opened up a new dimension in my life and I have Art in my heart.
Savoring Thyme ∙ 705 Village Green Way ∙ 338-8403
Al Buss Design Studio (Abby's Acre)
Local Grafton artist and designer, Al Buss, takes Wood and Metals to create intricate Birdhouses for the bird aficionado. These pieces are used outside for birds or inside for Artwork. Al has been designing bird houses for 16 years and has been selling his bird houses in the Smithsonian Museum and fine galleries around the country. His bird house are based on Audubon dimensions for specific birds. He has over 50 bird house designs that he works with. Al also designs furniture and creates sculptures. A portfolio of the furniture and sculptures will be on hand. email@example.com
J. Annie Imagery Photography:
Jessica Wickland is a graduate from West Bend West High School, she earned a degree in urban forestry and has been working in the horticulture field since 1996. She is a hobby photographer, but has been taking nature photographs for over a decade. In the summer of 2011, she purchased her first SLR camera and has since been unable to cap the enthusiasm she has for capturing nature at its finest. Jessica has been giving greeting cards to relatives for many years as gifts, and has won a few photography contest awards in 2010 and 2011. Her motto "Bringing the Quiet Side of Nature in Focus." Make sure to stop and see the cards, prints both matted and unmatted on display for sale. One of West Bends own!! http://jannieimagery.weebly.com
Schalla Jewelers ∙ 235 S. Main St. ∙ 334-2131
She is an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. After studying art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Layton School of Art & Design in Milwaukee, she studied privately with Master Portraitist, the late Alan Gass. Her work has been displayed at art galleries, and is held in private collections throughout the country. While her teaching covers still life, landscape, and figurative subjects, her personal preference is portraiture. She works most frequently by commission with the intent to go beyond a traditional portrait by capturing a moment, an emotion, and a true likeness.
Serendipity ∙ 600 S. Main St. ∙ 338-2988
Back to Nature Metal Sculptures: Chris and John Wolf, From the original cattails, the Wolfs have branched out into irises, lilies and coneflowers - their steely blossoms balancing atop long, delicate stems that reach for the sun. The Wolfs also make majestic birds and celestial and seasonal outdoor pieces. Their work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine and the Sundance catalog.
Kyla Schaub...bead artist
Kyla is a Graduate student in the Speech & Language Pathology program at UWM. Ever since she was a little girl, she has enjoyed the art of beading. She has recently gotten back into beading at the request of her mother and grandmother, owners of Serendipity. Kyla uses agate, sterling, and glass beads in her creations.
Musician: Nathan Mehl...piano
Nathan is a junior at Slinger High School who has been playing percussion in the SHS Band for 3 years. He enjoys playing several instruments and is hoping to play in a marching band in college.
Settlers Park Market 153 S. Main St. 334-4844
Victoria Gierach, Soulful Vision by Victoria-
She is a local artist from West Bend, WI After 13 years as a fine artist and 25 years as a beauty/esthetic artist, I decided it was time to unite my two passion and thus, Soulful Visions was born. I am highly involved in the West Bend and surrounding artist commissioned pieces. I focus my fine and esthetic art on the natural and organic beauty around me hoping to evoke balance and serenity.
Erin Paasch, Potter.
Erin's first experience with clay began in high school, where her projects in class were given a "D" for being to creative. Luckily, that didn't deter her. She moved on to get her Bachelors Degree at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned the art of wheel throwing from Delores Fortuna, of Twenty Dirty Hand. Since getting her Bachelors she has set up a studio at her home in Wisconsin where she makes her work and teaches others how to throw pottery. She doesn't give bad grade for being "too creative."
Xpressions Yarn & Bead Boutique ∙ 264 N. Main St. ∙ 306-1300
Residing in Slinger, Nancy operated a small custom window treatment business for 15 years utilizing her Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design and Minor in Art. As her passion for the arts expanded, the past several years she has been designing and creating custom glass mosaic art such as mirrors, tables, and frames. Additionally, Nancy creates one-of-a-kind fiber art and mixed media pieces/pictures.
West Bend Theater Building, Outside.
West Bend Dixieland Band
The West Bend Dixieland Band will be performing in front of the old theater building during the event.