A Year of Local Art

A Year of Local Art
Karen Watson-Newlin’s “Pope Farm” is featured in the 2015 Dane Arts calendar.

Each year in a small but powerful way, Dane Arts celebrates the visual arts of Dane County. The group, appointed by the county executive to support arts, culture and local history, does so by publishing its annual art calendar.

The 2015 calendar is called “Generation to Generation” and it features the work of fourteen local artists. From farms and rural landscapes to holiday traditions and city icons, this sixteenth annual calendar highlights what Dane County residents appreciate year after year.

Here’s a look at what’s featured in the calendar. 

Cover: Juliet Rake’s “Barn Wall” sets the stage for a year’s worth of authentically Wisconsin scenes.

Insider cover: Merikay Payne’s “Where are you?” monoprint references place and history.

January: The pristine snow and beautiful light in Bruce Murray’s “Angles” painting are fitting to kick off a new year.

February: “The Baumann Boys,” an acrylic painting by Troy Baumann, is full of texture and vivid color.

March: A detail of a trunk painted by Jan Norsetter reveals a beautiful floral design.

April: “Dad’s Boat,” an oil painting by Tracy Wiklund, should feel familiar and nostalgic for many viewers.

May: Gwen Fabert-Maitzen’s “They Sing for Themselves (and for us),” a mixed-media work, features welcome signs of spring.

June: Don MacCrimmon’s “Flamenco” seems to practically dance across the page.

July: The viewer feels part of the farm scene in Cynthia Quinn’s “Sheep Farm” oil painting.

August: Karen Watson-Newlin’s “Pope Farm” is an Impressionistic look at a scenic local site.

September: Jeff Stern’s “EUM” oil painting provides a cool, up-close look at the Orpheum Theater sign.

October: There’s a lovely tenderness to S.V. Medaris’s “Quality Control” oil painting of cows in a barn.

November: A cheerful quality permeates “Fresh Baked,” Irene Olson’s watercolor of a bakery.

December: Vicki Pierce’s “December Lights” is a festive end to the calendar—and a year of celebrating local art. 

The Dane County art calendar is available at a variety of stores, cafes and municipalities across the county. Visit danearts.com for more information and a list of locations. 

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