Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WIPAPA: Call to Artists 2015 Brush with the Wind at the Arts Mill Grafton

This is it...the big one!!! 

WIPAPA's Annual Juried Show will be held at the Arts Mill in downtown Grafton. (1300 14th Ave, Grafton WI: http://www.theartsmill.org/events-hours/2015-events-calendar/)

  • Opening, Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony September 4th 6-9pm
  • Work will hang through September 26th
  • Submission DEADLINE Friday Aug 14th
  • All work must have been done En Plein Air in the last 12 months!
  • Must be a 2015 paid WIPAPA member (membership form: http://www.sageartsstudio.com/WIPAPA/WIPAPA_Membership_Application.pdf
  • Size limit: 320 Square Inches (length x width plus a 4 1/4 inch frame)
  • All work must be framed and wired
  • Work will be juried in and juried for awards
  • All work must be for sale
  • Drop off of accepted work Aug 28 11-7 or Aug 29th 11-5
  • Sales Split: 65% artist/ 35% Arts Mill
  • Pick up of unsold work 28th-30 11-5
  • Jury fee $25
  • 75 paintings are need for this show!

To enter:

1. Fill in and submit the e-form below 

2. Images:
  • Send your 72dpi images to mricl4hlth@gmail.com
  • IMPT in the subject line put your name and 2015 Brush with the Wind
  • label each image with your last name and the title of the piece (Thompson_TurkeyCrossing)
3. Send a check to WIPAPA  (N1289 State Rd 67,
Oconomowoc, WI 53066) for $25

That's it! Can't wait to see your great work!!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Winners WIPAPA: 2015 We Came, We Saw, We Painted Field to Finish Juried Show Congratulations!!

The practice of artists going outdoors to capture in paint what the camera does not see in terms of color notes, shapes, edges and so on is as old as tubed paint. Many artists then take these small studies into their studios to create larger paintings using them as reference. Some of these small studies indeed stand on their own. This was the challenge for We Came, We Saw, We Painted WIPAPA's annual juried show at the Art*Bar. It is a small peek into the mind of an artist and a great reason to paint en plein air. I have shown both paintings for each winning artist.

1st Place
Sherri Thomas
"Song of the Loon"
Studio Painting 12x24 oil
Thanks goes out to Richard Abraham (http://richardabraham.com/) for judging this body of work and for his comments to the artists which I have included here. His task was to award either the field study, the studio painting or both. You can view this show and acquire these works at the Art*Bar in Riverwest until July 30th! Some of the proceeds from sales go to AWE (Artists Working in Education  http://www.awe-inc.org/)

Sherri Thomas
"Song of the Loon" field study 6x12 oil

Judges comments:
1st Place Sherri Thomas 
Studio Piece "Song of the Loon"

A lot of good stuff in this painting, Beautifully subtle warm greens with a sophisticated variety that yet hold together. The use of atmosphere to push back that distant row of trees is well done. I also like the changes from the study, adding sky with clouds that are also well executed. The light violet gray shadow side of the clouds are a perfect value to make them feel buoyant. Well done on many levels, a very traditional landscape like this is not always appreciated for how hard it is to pull off.

2nd Place
Wendie Thompson
"Pampas Grass" (studio painting)
20x16 oil
Judges comments: 2nd Place 
Wendie Thompson
Study and Studio Piece "Pampas Grass"

Both the study and the studio piece have almost a dreamlike quality to them. Strong color and soft edges evoke a particular time of day and time of year. A fleeting moment between seasons that I find despite the boldness of the painting has a slightly wistful quality to it. I would like to experience walking through that day.

Wendie Thompson"Pampas Grass" field study 5x7 oil

3rd Place
Lorin Willey
"South of Mineral Point"
Studio Painting 16x12 oil
Judges Comments: 3rd Place
Lorin Willey
Studio Piece "South of Mineral Point"

The boldness of the brushwork is what first strikes you about this painting but then I appreciated the delicacy of the trees and the broken edges of the branches against the sky...that is so hard to achieve.

Lorin Willey
"South of Mineral Point" Field Study
8x6 oil

Honorable Mention
Barbara Hayden
"Available No.2"
6x8 Field Study oil

Judges Comments: Honorable Mention
Barbara Hayden
Field Study "Available No.2"

Nice strong and simple statement of the light effect in the study. Also nice contrast between the harsh hard lines in the building and the softness of the tree masses behind.

Barbara Hayden
"Available No.2"
Studio Painting 12x16 oil

Monday, June 29, 2015

Who Won Cedarburg Plein AIr Event 2015??

In a flash the 12 days have come and gone! Images are seared in our minds forever. Images of incredible art, beautiful scenes, friends held in our hearts and a community that honors art! Thank you Cedarburg for your graciousness to the artists!

Here are the winning paintings!


Frankie Johnson, Best of Show, "Blue Glass & Clutter"

Frankie Johnson

Nyle Gordon, 2nd Place Main Event, "Cedarburg Water Lillies"

Derek Davis, 3rd Place Main Event, "A Story About Light"

Tom Nachreiner, 4th Place Main Event, "Rusty Spokes"

Lee Radke, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Columbia Road"
Bob Beck, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Mooov Over"
Errol Jacobsen, Honorable Mention, Main Event, "Sunny Corner"

Darron Lillian, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Sherman Road"

Jan Schmuckal, Honorable Mention, "Small But Mighty Viewpoint"

Jeannie Clohisy, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Rushing Waters"

Spencer Meagher, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Breakfast Time"
Mary Mayhew, Honorable Mention Main Event, "Dusk"

Juror's Choice Award Winners
Brian Sindler
Lori Beringer
Mark Zelten

Artist's Choice Awards
Michael Reif 1st
Nyle Gordon 2nd
Errol Jacobsen 3rd


Tom Kubala, 1st Place Quick Paint, "Back of the Inn"

Mark Zelten, 2nd Place Quick Paint, "Bank Front Banquet"

Tom Nachreiner, 3rd Place Quick Paint, "Morning Coffee"

Quick Paint Winners
Mark Zelten
Tom Nachreiner
Tom Kubala

Best of Historic Cedarburg

Lee Radke, Best Historic Cedarburg Award, "Columbia Road"
Sandra McCutcheon Pape 1 st place award

R.L. Weber “Last Call” Best of Historic Cedarburg 2nd place 


Deke Palecek “Daily Bread” 1st place Port Washington Paint-Out

Joyce Ksiozk “Peace at Port” 2nd place Port Washington Paint-Out

Thomas Trausch “Late Afternoon Light” 3rd place Port Washington Paint-Out

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Congratulations Winners 2015 Edge of the Rock Plein Air Competition Beloit!

Best in Show - $1,500 - Purchase Prize donated by major underwriter, Regal.
Winner: “Transformation” by Allison Rae Nichols (Chicago, IL)
Pride of Beloit - $1,000 - Purchase Prize donated by North American Tool Corporation
Winner: “Tribute to Vernon Schaefer #2” by Kyle Martin (Rock Springs, WI)

Friends Award - $1,000 - Purchase Prize donated by Friends of Riverfront
Winner: “Strong Building” by Joshua Hess (Reedsburg, WI)

Beloit College Patron of the Arts Award - $750 - Purchase Prize donated by Beloit College.
Winner: “Power Plant Dam” by Thomas Buchs (Waukesha, WI)

Spirit of the Arts - $500 - Purchase Prize donated by Visit Beloit
Winner: “Flower Power” by James Richter (Janesville, WI)

People’s Choice (Professional Division) - $200 
Winner: “Shirland Avenue Bridge” by Barbara Vater (Middleton, WI)

Honorable Mention - $150
Winner: “That Monet Feeling in Riverside Park” by Debra Rollo (Waukesha, WI)

Honorable Mention - $150
Winner: “Grand Evening” by R.L. Weber (Belvidere, IL)

Honorable Mention - $150
Winner: “Grand Perspective” by Richard Dorbin (Milwaukee, WI)

Honorable Mention - $150 
Winner: “Under the Trestle” by Tim Syring (LaCrosse, WI)

Next Generation Division (Age 13-19)
First place - $100
People’s Choice - $50
Winner: “A Stone’s Throw Away” by Annie-Laurie Zanter (Edgerton, WI)

Honorable Mention - $50
Winner: “Celebration” by McKenzie Harris (Beloit, WI)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

How do I Find Some Artists Painting?? or What is Glympse?

 Okay...so you drive to say, Cedarburg to catch some artists painting. Maybe you're an artist interested in seeing what the buzz is all about with this "Plein Air" thing. Or maybe you're bringing your kids to grow their appreciation of art or feed a budding talent. Or just maybe your a savvy collector of plein air work and you want to see the process and meet the artists.

You could drive around town and you will most likely see some artists. But you know there are 150 artists painting for 10 days and you want to see more. Or you are looking for one particular artist whose work you follow.

Well we have been working on a way to connect the artists with the people looking for them and are ready to beta test it this year. We have found a free tool/app for smartphones called Glympse and we have a number of artists who are willing to share their painting locations using this tool during Cedarburg this year.


How to use GLYMPSE?

Instructions for ART Lovers:

On your phone search for WIPAPA.blogspot.comThis is the Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association website. On my phone I need to scroll all the way to the bottom and hit the button that says "view web version". At the top right you will find a map that says Glympse

You will see little posts where artists are. If it says "expired" it simply means they have moved from there and have not yet found a new location....or maybe they are taking a break! It's that easy!

Instructions for ARTISTS:

Go to the app store for your phone...search for Glympse and download it...it's free! Please do this well before the event and play with it a bit to make sure you know how to do it!

When you have found a place to paint then
1. Go to the Glympse app on your phone
2. Hit share location. 
3.Then search for the group !WIPAPA (you must enter the ! first) and join it. 
4.Then select a time amount up to 4 hours that you will be there.
5. Hit share. You will show up on the map on the WIPAPA blog. After the time you selected has lapsed your flag says "expired". If you wish to disappear from the map altogether then exit the app.

How fun is that? Please join us and help us connect artists and art lovers!!!