‘Eye Candy’ opens Dec. 7 at Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery

December 5, 2012

Online Staff Report

MONROE, Wis. — Monroe Arts Center Frehner Gallery presents “Eye Candy,” a multi-media group show by members of the Driftless Area Artists. On display from Dec. 7 through Jan. 25, 2013, this exhibit features the work of 14 artists from the south central Wisconsin area, representing the cities of Monroe, New Glarus, Monticello, Blanchardville, Argyle, Blue Mounds and Gratiot.

The exhibiting artists include Sarah Aslakson, Jeanne Ausmus, Elsie Berget, Kathleen D’Angelo, Tina Duemler, Jocelyn Kline, Jane Olson, Carey O’Shea, Nikki Saugstad, Terri Schmit, Joan Stackpole, Helen Staufffer, Jeanne Stietz and Terry Tackett.

A variety of art mediums have been used in the pieces created for this exhibit. They include watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil painting, photography, colored pencil, gourds and various other multi-media mediums.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, in Frehner Gallery. A brief curator talk begins at 5:30 p.m., which will be followed by a poetry reading by Madison, Wis., poet, Richard Merelman.

Merelman has selected artwork from this exhibit and composed poems relating to those particular pieces. Merelman is professor emeritus of political science at UW-Madison, holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, and taught at Wesleyan (Connecticut), UCLA, U. of Maryland, and U. of Essex (England), in addition to U.W. He is the author of several books and many articles about culture and politics in Western democracies. His poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals, and he has won awards from the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, the 2011 Helen Schaible International Shaespearean/Petrachan Sonnet Contest, and the Milwaukee Art Museum poetry contest. This event is free and open to the public.

For more details, contact Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700, 888-596-1249 or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.

Posted Dec. 5, 2012

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