‘Winter Bloom’ featured at Monroe Arts Center Jan. 31-March 14

Staff Report

MONROE, Wis. — Monroe Art Center (MAC) Frehner Gallery, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., hosts the new gallery exhibit “Winter Bloom,” on display Jan. 31-March 14. This exhibit showcases the bold, brightly-colored floral paintings by Brodhead, Wis., artist Patricia Troyer.

Troyer’s oil and acrylic paintings tend to focus on the beauty found in nature. In this exhibit, she uses her love of flowers and visual rhythm as the primary subject matter.

The visual rhythm in our natural world is something I attempt to capture in my compositions,” said Troyer. “A detailed and organized left brain dictates that I paint flowers exactly as they look, but the equally powerful right brain also needs to be creative.” The end result from this approach has led to her invention of a “cubist” style of painting.

Troyer has exhibited artwork the past three years at the Brodhead Wildflower Art Show. She has also shown her work at the WAAC (Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople) Winterfest, 14 South Winter Show, and in juried art shows throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. She holds an art education degree from UW-Whitewater, and a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive art from Illinois State University. She was the art instructor at Brodhead Middle School from 1981 to 2008. Since 1979, she has co-owned and operated Sugar River Pottery in Brodhead.

An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, in MAC Frehner Gallery. A brief artist gallery talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Posted Jan. 29, 2014

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