Kristie F. Cecil - Independent Artist
I fell in love with art and nature when I was a young child, growing up in West Virginia. I was lucky enough to have a mother who nurtured my interest in art by providing art lessons. I learned the ropes from Allieu Wilburn, whose front room was set up like an artist's studio with easels and all the artists' materials a kid could want.
I have always loved painting. I worked in watercolor and acrylics for many years and studied it in college. It wasn't until after college that I began working in oil and most recently gouache. I studied with some really good teachers both locally and nationally to hone my skills and find a way of applying the paint that seems to fit my personality.
My work draws from my early love of nature and a desire to find the extraordinary in everyday places. What distinguishes my work is an ability to capture the "sense of place" as particular, with an emotional subtlety that resonates. I like to set up outdoors to take in as much as I can of a spot, and then edit it to say what feels important to me. There are some magical places all around us.
Graham Coulson - Q Gallery
I am an English immigrant and resident of Wausau. I have an engineering and furniture design background as well has having run my own landscaping business in both London and Wausau. My current aim is to create modern handmade furniture that utilizes the natural qualities of wood to create items of function and beauty. Currently, my favored materials are cherry and walnut, but I will add materials to my stock as new designs are developed. My design style is to use clean lines and shapes together with attention to proportion. My preferred finish is Danish oil with beeswax top coat. These finishes are traditional woodworking finishes and bring out the beauty of wood to its fullest potential. I currently divide my time between designing and making furniture, and renovating an old schoolhouse that I also use as my workshop.
Thomas Dailing - Independent Artist
I am an internationally recognized jewelry designer. My work has been featured on the cover of 17 national and international magazines, and I've received more than 60 regional and national designing awards. In addition, one of my pieces is in the Smithsonian Gem Collection. Although my designs can be found in the finer jewelry stores on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, in Madison and in Maui, Hawaii, I call Lee Ayers Jewelers in Stevens Point home.
I create stunning, timeless pieces with collector-grade gemstones to enjoy for a lifetime and share as family heirlooms. I am often requested to conceive and create meaningful pieces to celebrate my client's special life moments. I am not intimidated by the more difficult projects; I thrive on them.
Jessie Fritsch - Q Gallery
I paint because I was raised surrounded by a creative and artsy family who always supported my artistic talent. I paint what I find to be calming beauty in my busy life.
I began primarily using encaustics because I was captivated by its ancient history and was challenged by its process of heating and cooling which captures the dynamic of chaos and demands control unlike that of any other painting medium. The process of encaustic demands a confident hand as well as a hand that can allow the spontaneity of the flow of the wax. This balance of discipline and disconformities are reflected in my work as well as my life.
My process involves applying heated encaustic paint with a sable brush onto baltic birch, scrape and shape the wax with a palette knife, embedded charcoal lines in surface, and fuse the layers of wax together with an iron or heat gun.
Sharon Fujimoto - Independent Artist
I grew up in Chicago and received my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I moved to Madison in 1975 with the intention of going to grad school in glass, but never did. Instead, I became an apprentice to a glassblower outside of Madison and won a National Endowment Apprenticeship Grant. I eventually became a studio partner and worked there for 30 years before moving to central Wisconsin 11 years ago.
I chose this area because of friends, the low cost of living compared to Madison, and the area's support of the arts.
My work is included in the art collections of Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company and the Marshfield Clinic. I also exhibit my work at art fairs around the country and at galleries. You can find my studio included in the annual Hidden Studios Art Tour in October.
Shawn Ganther - Independent Artist
I am an American contemporary painter and printmaker who emerged during the veteran artist movement. I served in the United States Air Force from 1998 to 2003 and was involved in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. I am best known for my piece "The Thinker," a 22" x 30" charcoal drawing on paper. "The Thinker" was featured in the Veteran Artist Program Exhibit in the Pentagon from 2013-2014.
My work has been shown across the country and is included in numerous private collections including: Harvard University Art Library, Cornell University, Stanford University Libraries, and the Yale University Art Library. My work has been published in the 2014 anthology Warrior Writers: A Collection of Writing and Artwork by Veterans, and in Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. In 2015, Wild Turkey released a limited edition military label featuring my artwork.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media Production and Studio Art. Since graduating, I have been an advocate for art therapy and self-expression as a means to treat PTSD.
Erin Prais-Hintz - Q Gallery
I am a creator, inspirationalist, encourager, and connector. I love to create something from nothing, believe that inspiration is everywhere, know that potential+possibility are powerful allies, and live to bring people together to share common threads.
I am a color addict with a passion for storytelling who designs one-of-a-kind wearable treasures, mixed media mosaics and illustrated word art for my company Tesori Trovati, which is Italian for "treasures found." No bead or art supply goes unloved in my studio. I love to mix patterns and textures, colors and metals, simple baubles and stunning art beads, and I enjoy elevating common objects or everyday materials to new levels.
My jewelry and art is always filled with wit and whimsy, and tells a story.
I am currently hard at work on my next exhibit for summer 2018 entitled "Momentum:Art in Motion," and creating classes for the 2nd annual Adornments retreat in Galena, Illinois in July.
Lynn Kirby - Q Gallery
Throughout my life, much joy has come to me when I am creating something, whether it is something to be seen, heard or felt. Drawing, painting, taking photographs, sewing, knitting, cooking, dancing, singing - all these activities have enriched my life and made me feel that I am both contributing to and participating in the flow of life.
Clay is an elemental part of the earth, and humans have used it for millennia to make bowls and jugs, gods and goddesses, likenesses of animals, and even to build shelters. Pottery allows endless exploration of combinations of color, pattern and form to create function and fancy. It always thrills and amazes me when my hands and clay work together, with the kiln gods, to create something that can be used and give pleasure to the user.
My inspiration comes from nature, from other potters throughout time, from my imagination, and from both the sensual feel of the mud itself and its endless possibilities.
Paul Klein - Q Gallery
Creating sculptural lighting has been my full time passion since my youngest son started kindergarten in 1999....bringing together many aspects of my life.
As a child, the waters and forests were my place of wonder and discovery. In college, my studies prepared me to "manage our resources and share environmental awareness." As an adult (are we there yet?), I still seek to share the ebb and flow of life around us.
Each piece has a story to tell...materials gathered and blended as if they grew together...personal reflections on form, shape, texture, drama, images of people - places we've been or want to be.
My sculpted wood, stone, copper and my handmade papers form a fun, functional and very personal landscape of home.
Mackenzie Madison - Independent Artist
I find inspiration in the relationship man has with nature and with himself. I feel he is always trying to do good for the world but contradicts them both at a human level and at a natural level with the environment.
Most of my work is created using oil paint on canvas and drawing mediums such as graphite and colored pencil; however I have been experimenting through painting on kiln glass. Currently, I am focusing on painting with oil paints and on glass with enamels.
In my college career, I have explored the various practices offered at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The university has allowed me to expand my artistic knowledge in sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, painting and drawing.
My glass pieces were recently featured at the Riverfront Arts Center in downtown Stevens Point for the Winters Garden Exhibition. In March, I had work featured in the Woman Made Gallery in downtown Chicago for the Made in the Midwest Women's Exhibition. This fall, I will be creating my senior portfolio for my BFA at UW-Stevens Point.
John Morser - Q Gallery
I was born and raised mostly in Milwaukee. There, when I was about 14, a friend and I developed our first roll of color film, exposed in a David White camera. Expecting vivid images upon opening the film drum, we were, instead, met by pieces of emulsion and a generally tattered looking film. Accurate temperature control and close time processing were beyond this boy's capabilities. In the early 1970's that same childhood friend showed me his new set of Olympus 35mm cameras, and an old fascination rekindled. The passion eventually again waned, as passions often do.
In 2002, I retired from university teaching and discovered digital imaging. Since then, I have been doing studies of patterns and light, of natural and urban scapes in Ireland, New England, New Mexico, Iowa and Wisconsin. My most recent work has been in color, but a black and white digital project is in the planning stages, along with a return to large format film image creation.
While some of my work is planned, arranged and constructed in the studio, the bulk of my work is not, and the reasons I created a particular image are often not very clear to me. I like to think I see image possibilities as good jazz men hear musical possibilities, but I don't know that this is true.
Mary Therese Murphy - Q Gallery
I am a self-taught artist. I've had been doing a variety of arts and crafts since I was a young child and as I developed my skills, I came across first a magazine article, then a book on silk fusion about 12 years ago. Recognizing I'm not good at drawing or painting, I found this art form allows me to "paint with fibers." Silk fusion is a fabric I make from dyed silk fibers. The process allows you to imbed other fibers or inclusions and then overlay with various stitching methods, other fibers and embellishments. I use the silk fusion for wall art, purses, as appliques on silk scarves, scraps for one of a kind cards and 3D pieces.
My inspiration comes from many places. I find the natural settings around central Wisconsin as a primary inspiration. I also take inspiration from the colors of the dyed silk, and other fibers, finding new ways to manipulate, stitch or combine various materials. Each piece seems to inspire the next.
Joan North - Q Gallery
I have always meandered the creative path, following a different drummer, mixing odd spices, infusing new life into organizations with entrepreneurial left turns, and sometimes just thinking on a different plane. I have maneuvered words, paints, plants, fiber, glass, beads and metal.
Since 2000, I worked with stones, fabric, and glass to create unusual jewelry, ultimately discovering my love of metal. I like shapes that remind me of life situations, starkly simple shapes, and combinations that draw your surprised eye. I love contrast in form and similarity in color. I dream of new designs, smiling in my sleep.
My early jewelry education included workshops by internationally renowned instructors. Further study helped hone my skills and refine my own silversmith style. I'm a full-time, award-winning silversmith whose jewelry is shown at galleries, museums and exhibits across the country, most recently in Colorado, Idaho, California, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida. I have been operating Joan North Designs for 18 years in my Stevens Point studio. I am represented by 17 galleries coast-to-coast.
Mary Lee Reineking - Q Gallery
I enjoyed a 34-year long career as a public school speech and language pathologist, but always loved art and spent many thousands of hours over many years at art exhibits, street fairs and gallery visits with my artist husband. In 2008, I made the decision to delve into art-making for myself. I was always drawn to watercolors, so that is where I began. Since then, I have taken many classes and workshops, watched DVDs, devoured books written by wonderful artists, and become generally enamored with my second career. My most recent efforts have been with mixed media collage work, with subjects often inspired by her watercolors.
My painting style reflects my love of vivid colors and use of negative painting techniques, while my collages build on that with the addition of a variety of interesting textural elements. I usually choose representational subject matter but I describe my paintings as expressive realism. My collages sometimes move more into the abstract, with both bodies of work touching on the fanciful.
Robert Rosen - Q Gallery
My interest in photography emerged in 2000 as the music building I worked in at UW-Stevens Point was demolished to make way for a new structure. I set out to photograph the process, but soon began observing sculpture in the debris. I found emotional relationships between the machinery used for demolition and construction. This led to a new camera and lenses.
Creating photographs for me is like improvising music. I tend to work fast without significant planning. I work with available light responding in the moment to the shapes, shading, colors, etc. that I encounter. I usually do not alter the content of the photo except for the normal digital developing needed for each image. I print my own images up to 44 inches wide on my wide format printer using archival pigment ink on archival paper.
Once the image is in print, I evaluate it in much the same manner as it was created. I have a sense of the original stimulus when the image was first shot and I try to capture that in the print. Sometimes, however, the print takes on its own life and surprises me with qualities I did not expect. At these times, I allow myself to get into the flow of the unexpected and let the image find its own place.
Daniel John Sivek - Q Gallery
I'm a painter, sculptor, and lifetime resident of western, central, south-central, and eastern Wisconsin - save several years during graduate school and a few months in Puerto Rico. Wisconsin's cities and towns, pastoral landscapes, and natural wonders inspire much of my work. The beaches and parks of east central Florida also inspire and appear in my paintings. Extensive domestic and international travel has broadened my perspective on art, culture and nature.
Oil paint is my preferred medium, though I also use acrylic, pencil, pastel, and occasionally sculpt in cork or wood. Since 2014, I've painted in the Historic Third Ward Plein Air Competition in Milwaukee. Near home, I split my work between the natural/pastoral and urban. In the warm months I paint weekly in plein air with a small group of artists. For a few weeks each winter, I paint palm trees, shorebirds and more in Florida.
Patti Steward - Independent Artist
I have been an artist since the age of about 4, as most kids are, but I did start drawing portraits at an early age. I was always the artist through elementary school who organized the murals for the back wall. I studied art at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
I've worked with all sorts of mediums but currently I'm working with oils on canvas in an impasto, impressionistic style.
I shoot for painting the happy in the wildflowers, the dance in the trees, the freedom of the clouds and the scent of the breeze.
I am a resident of central Wisconsin, where I live with my bearded collies, Cooper and Clem.
Elise Thorton - Q Gallery
My interest in craft and the natural world led me to willow basketmaking over thirty years ago. Moving from Milwaukee to rural north central Wisconsin in the early 1970s, I became an avid organic gardener. I've been involved in art and craft all my life, from painting to pottery and all the fiber arts. After my first basket class, I knew that that was all I wanted to do. Living for years surrounded by wetlands, I came to realize that weaving materials were growing wild all around me: willow, black ash, cedar, birch, spruce, cattails and grasses, just waiting for someone besides the birds to gather them. I eventually obtained cuttings, and planted cultivated varieties of willow. I use over a dozen varieties in my work, which gives me color variations.
My baskets are primarily rib or frame style, involving a round or oval framework on which the basket is woven in a continuous weave. For me, the gathering and harvesting are integral parts of the process of weaving. I enjoy doing this even when up to my knees in snow in a ditch cutting willow, or covered in ticks and mosquitoes harvesting birch bark. Wisconsin has an abundance of materials that can be used for weaving. More recently, I have learned to work with barks (cedar, willow, and birch), and have taken classes on Native American and Russian styles of birch bark work.
Sandi Ticknor - Q Gallery
My earliest memories were of creating, sitting in fabric scraps , watching my grandpa upholster chairs and my grandma fold pleats in pillows. Mom designed matching dresses for us. Dad built things. My aunt and I would write backwards letters to each other like Leonardo Da Vinci.
Growing up in the country, I helped plant gardens, build forts, drew on rocks, painted the insides of milk weed pods, and knew that the earth was a magical place. I believe this connection to the earth is also my connection to pottery.
Creating with clay is meditative, as I need to center myself, as well as center the clay. It still amazes me that I can take a deep breath, hold a piece of this earth and watch it grow into a cup, a simple tea bowl, or a leaf covered vase. Each piece seems to choose its own form, its own texture, and its own connection to this world. As these vessels leave my hands and move to yours, they change again, taking on a new life, holding your energy as well as mine. They hold the memory of the earth we share and move forward through the lives we create.
Wooden Wonders (Troy & Deb Aeby) - Independent Artists
Wooden Wonders started more than a dozen years ago after spotting a rustic bench on the road to Freemont. A couple woodworking classes led to building a workshop in our backyard. Our daughter coined the name as we sifted through wood harvested from hunting land in Lanark.
As a husband and wife team, we now travel across central Wisconsin looking for funky, unique wood to showcase our refined rustic approach to creating memorable pieces for your home.
Girl Scout Troop 7011 - Mosinee
Girl Scouting combines life skills, the outdoors, STEM and entrepreneurship with civic engagement to deliver crucial, life-changing, girl-led programming.
Troop 7011 of Mosinee has 26 Girl Scouts in 2nd through 6th grades.
They are proud to be a part of the Fusion art show!