Annemarie Sawkins, PhD, is an independent curator, art historian, and art consultant born in Durham, England. She is currently working with Tom Lidtke on a major survey of Art in Wisconsin with the Cedarburg Art Museum.Details to come. A frequent juror and portfolio reviewer, Annemarie has a MA and PhD in Art/Architectural History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Come and learn about the project to write a new historical survey on art and artists in Wisconsin.
My artwork reflects the female psyche. The characters depicted are referred to as “visual assumptions”. The paintings are a response to scenarios that are assumed and magnified by imagination. Symbolism is a part of this visual language as well as the incorporation of the written word. Each painted figure includes a written story of circumstance.
As humans we are intrigued with the unknown narratives of the people we meet on a daily basis or see in the media. Perhaps unknowingly we categorize with voices in our heads. I hope to bring these voices and daydreams to life and encourage the viewer to as well.
The paintings revolve around the understanding of women. Women carry many complexities, questions, and layers, which, are often hidden and quite mysterious.
Finding narratives in art can provide insight into our own personal worlds. This is what I invite the viewer to do.
As an artist experimenting is very important to me. I use many mediums interchangeably in order to express a feeling or mood. Inspiration comes to me from the natural world, my home, animals, medieval art, and decorative motifs found everywhere.
Alcohol ink is a colorful, acid-free medium that’s a blast to paint with. The ink is capable of creating colorful abstract collages or more intricate paintings. There are a variety of different techniques you can use to manipulate the alcohol ink in imaginative ways. Using alcohol ink dyes on Yupo paper, glass, smooth enamel tile yields beautiful results! Many techniques are familiar to watercolor artists but have different results. The colors are brilliant and the possibilities are endless.
Learn what supplies you will need for alcohol inks before you start your project, as well as what surfaces are used. Everyone will be able to try this media on white enamel tiles or Yupo paper. We'll be using canned air, dobbers, sharpies, masking and more. You'll want a smock, apron or old clothes because these are dyes - they won't come out of your clothes. Also bring $3 to help cover the cost of the dyes.
Art & Culture Around the World is the theme for our 2018 June dinner, when we proudly gather for our favorite event – the presentation of scholarships to Racine area college students. What could be more gratifying than giving support and enthusiastic appreciation to young artists?
RAG will present $1,000.00 checks and one-year RAG Memberships to the following art students at the June Dinner: UWP - Mairead Catherine Quill, UWM - Meghan Polzin, Carthage - Jessica Thierfelder, and from MIAD - Alana Boone. Each recipient will show several pieces of her artwork and speak briefly about what she does.
Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and visit with our winners and their families over the course of the evening.
Our Starving Artist Fair supports these scholarships which have been increased significantly this year. Please plan to be a part of the Guild “family” that presents this well-known art fair. There are so many fun ways to volunteer. You could consider raising financial sponsorships from friends and family or businesses in the community. You could schedule a shift the day of the fair in the Silent Auction Booth or the Decorated Window Raffle Booth. Maybe you’d like to bring some of your work for the Boutique and work a shift there. You could be a booth sitter for artists who need a little break. These are just a few of the ways you can help. There will be more information and sign-ups at the June Dinner or, call Jill Castillo (262-639-2149 / 414-659-3901) to volunteer.
Roy Staab, our April 12 presenter is a celebrated, world traveling, immensely diverse, Wisconsin-based artist, who has created environmental art in exhibitions and installations throughout the world: most recently in Iran, Taipei, Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, Russia and India, and Wisconsin. Working with natural materials and forms, Roy has received a long list of grants and awards for his unique creations. At our meeting, Roy will give a slide presentation of his installations and will describe his creative process.
Bio: Roy Frank Staab, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 9th, 194. I live in Wisconsin, went to Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, got my BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1969 and then after a few jobs went to Europe to see all that I have studied and to find my inner self to be an artist. I did not take the commercial path but made art out the situation and my feelings. European living was different [in a way] from American where there is a difference in living life and taste. I moved to New York City after living in Europe and Paris for ten years.
Coming to New York City to live was a bumpy move after having two of my artworks collected by the French museums. It was meeting a different system of the art market. I did installations in France my way and when I came to New York my first experience was to do the same but in a gallery situation. The big white desk of the gallery system was daunting. I went to nature to make my art in the spring of 1983 using natural materials from the site and working in and over water making environmental site sculptures which are installation and part of the land/place. This was art not done in this way and I was not sure it was art at all. Then I became a photographer to photograph my ephemeral works. Grants came from the New York Foundation [hence I made a work in New York’s Central Park], New York State Council for the arts [a series of reed sculptures made along the Hudson River] and my first international work in Finland 1990. I made my own works in wild nature and really became a peripatetic artist going to land art events making my art in many places of the world.
Roy Staab received these Wisconsin Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Museum of Wisconsin Art, Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship; Art Futures Award. He is in these Wisconsin public collections: Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Wisconsin Art, Ripon Art Collection.
6:00pm Social & Refreshments
6:20pm Meeting & Program
Calling all members to bring in one piece of finished or unfinished artwork to be critiqued. We are fortunate to have Dan Simoneau, a very accomplished and inspiring artist. Pieces will be critiqued in the order it was received. The critique will run from 6:45–8:30pm. Dan will give a 3-5 minute critique on each piece.
Bio: Dan Simoneau is an Internationally exhibited and published artist. He received his BFA with majors in painting, pottery and printmaking from the University of Southern Maine. Dan is a Signature Master and current president of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League. He is a juried member in both photography and printmaking in both the Salmagundi Club in NYC and the Copley Society of Art in Boston, two of the oldest art societies in the United States. Dan has exhibited extensively and consistently wins awards in many national and international competitions. Most recently, Dan had a solo exhibition of 41 of his paintings last summer at the Kenosha Public Museum and one of his paintings will be featured in the upcoming AcrylicWorks 5 book published by North Light books. Dan’s primary media are watercolor and acrylic and his primary subject matter is light and shadow as portrayed through the use of the male figure.
In this discussion, Dan will discuss the base colors he uses when painting his figurative work of male models of different races. Starting from these base colors, Dan will also discuss how to make the colors more realistic by introducing the reflected colors seen on the models. He’ll also discuss his approach to applying the paint to the canvas to achieve the look you may be familiar with in his paintings.
November traditionally is our meeting devoted to Art History and is also Pie Night. This year we are pleased to have Marilyn Propp as our guest speaker. Marilyn will present a slide lecture tracing the history of collage up through contemporary practice, and how collage as an important medium has been used to address both political and psychological issues in the 20th century, and global, gender, and economic issues in the 21st century. Marilyn is a professor at Carthage College who teaches paper-making, color theory, and the fundamentals of 2-D design. Please note our November meeting will be held at Holy Communion Church, 2000 West 6th Street in Racine where attendees can also view their display of David Holmes’ artwork.
BIO: Raised in upstate New York, Marilyn Propp is an artist/educator who combines painting, printmakingand papermaking in her practice. Co-Founder of Anchor Graphics, Chicago, she relocated in 2016 to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she co-founded the Center for Collaborative Research. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Brooklyn Museum Art School, Provincetown Workshop, and San Francisco Art Institute’s pre-MFA program, and received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in Mexico. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and is currently adjunct faculty at Carthage College and at Columbia College Chicago.
Creative and free-spirited Bill Reid will lead us in a group hands-on project. In groups of 3 or 4 we will be “illoonimating” bird silhouettes.
6pm Social & Refreshments | 6:30pm General Meeting