Monroe Arts Center begins new Frehner Gallery season

It’s harvest time, and you’re warmly invited to a feast–a feast for the eyes, that is. The Monroe Arts Center in Monroe, Wis., opens its 2004-2005 Frehner Gallery season with the special exhibit titled Harvest of the Arts. This unique “harvest” is brimming with a bounty of visual and functional art to please every palate, including pottery, watercolors, oil paintings, photography, beautifully crafted Windsor chairs, and much more.

Harvest of the Arts by members of the Art Alliance of Green County, features 12 talented artists, and will be on display in the Monroe Arts Centers Frehner Gallery from Friday, Sept. 3 through Friday, Sept. 24. And if all this talk of food whets your appetite, please come to meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments at the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by the “Moo Grass” Stringband.

This year’s 12 featured artists are:

Bob Beck—Beck is a woodworker who specializes in using hand tools and native hardwood to create Windsor Chairs, tables and other items that are beautiful and have practical use. Bob is also a practicing psychologist at the Monroe Clinic.

Deb Meyer—Meyer is an award-winning realist painter who works in acrylic and oil, layering multiple applications of glazes to achieve a depth and complexity in the style of the old masters. Deb teaches art, paints commissions and exhibits through galleries. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide.

Stephanie Essex Elkins—Elkins is an award-winning fine art photographer with work in several galleries, private and business collections around the country. Stephanie works in both black and white and color with images that manifest a sense of serenity and connection with her subjects.

Suzanne Miller—Miller is an acrylic painter who was born and raised in the northwoods town of Niagara, Wis. Suzanne now lives in Monroe, where she loves to paint on large surfaces, does scenic painting for the theater, is a graphic artist, and co-founded the Monroe Arts Academy.

Kathleen D’Angelo—D’Angelo is a watercolor and pastel artist who has been drawing all her life. Much of the inspiration for her paintings comes from the natural beauty of the Wisconsin landscape and her floral and vegetable gardens. Kathleen maintains a gallery in New Glarus and sells originals and prints through art shows.

Peg Cullen—Cullen is a very well-known painter trained as an abstract expressionist who now incorporates realism into her work. Peg’s art has won numerous awards, she has taught art, and her paintings are held in museums and private collections.

Sue Gelderman—Gelderman is a painter working primarily in pastels and acrylics. Sue recently retired and loves to experiment with new media, materials and styles, always with a focus on color and composition.

Connie Oles—Oles is a versatile artist who works in oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink and pencil sketching. Connie will be showing pottery at this exhibit. She has a small commercial and commissioned art business, and is also a writer and musician.

Dawn Smith—Smith is a talented potter from the Monroe area whose lovely and functional artwork is sold through the Sugar River Gallery in New Glarus.

Amanda M. Jordan—Jordan is a Monroe native who now resides in Footville. Amanda works in many media from aluminum to watercolor; for this exhibit, her work will include watercolor, stoneware pottery, linoleum print, and photography.

Nancy Rudd—Rudd is an oil painter from rural New Glarus who focuses on the patterns of rural Wisconsin architecture and landscape. As a professional graphic artist, her paintings reflect a strong interest in color, shape, and composition.

Dick O’Brien—O’Brien is a well-known artist whose figurative acrylics of cows and landscapes can be found in galleries and private collections in Mineral Point, Paoli, and elsewhere.

Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 608-325-5700 or visit for more information. This exhibit has been made possible through the support of the Monroe Arts Center Foundation.

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