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