Monroe Arts Center exhibit benefits the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association

Staff Report

MONROE, Wisconsin — The scenic beauty of the Sugar River Valley will again be on display at the Monroe Arts Center (MAC) from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, during the Opening Reception of the second juried art exhibit and fund-raiser for the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association (LSRWA), titled “Seasons of the Sugar River — back roads and backwaters.”

The public is invited to the Opening Reception to meet artists and enjoy light food offerings from local restaurants, including Baumgartner’s Cheese Store and Tavern and Pancho and Lefty’s Outlaw Grill — and, to view some of the finest art of the region.

A Gallery Talk will be featured at 5:30 p.m. in the Frehner Gallery. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will be donated to support the work of LSRWA, a local non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the care and enjoyment of our water resources and to raising public awareness of the importance of clean water.

The MAC, at 1315 11th St., will feature the exhibit through Nov. 28. The arts center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

More than two dozen artists submitted more than 50 pieces in this season’s competition. This year’s theme showcases scenes from the hidden, out-of-the-way places in the watershed — from back-road vistas to life found on the forest floor — as depicted in paintings, drawings, fiber-art, photography, ceramics, wood and jewelry.

This beautiful exhibit vividly captures the ‘sense of place’ that will resonate with all who live in and visit the Sugar River Valley,” said artist and LSRWA volunteer Jill Sampson, who conceived of and is directing the exhibit and fund-raiser. “Art and artists help us all appreciate in a new way the natural and cultural treasures that surround us, the places we know and love.

Ultimately, we hope connecting people with the land through the eyes of artists will inspire renewed passion for protecting and restoring our land and water,” Sampson said. “We were thrilled that last year’s show and science exhibits engaged teachers and students in an exploration of art and the environment. And the result, a new focus emerged around the geography and ecology of the watershed they live in.”

A highlight of the opening event will be a poster and film exhibit in Wesley Hall showcasing the work of LSRWA citizen science volunteers. Meet volunteers and students who are mapping and measuring ecosystem health and water quality throughout the watershed and undertaking ambitious projects to restore their local streams. Learn how you can become a member, financially support the organization, and get involved as a volunteer.

The LSRWA is a not-for-profit conservation organization based in Brodhead, Wisconsin, dedicated to the care and enjoyment of our water resources, and to empowering citizens with experience and knowledge to steward land and water resources in the lower Sugar River watershed. For more about the show, contact the MAC ( or 608-325-5700) or LSRWA (

Posted Nov. 5, 2014

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