The Member Spotlight program will feature a new work of art every quarter, created by members of THELMA, which will be displayed alongside pieces from the permanent collection.
Submissions will be juried by our THELMA curator, with submissions accepted quarterly.
THELMA welcomes and encourages its members to show off their talents for the Member Spotlight regardless of artistic experience. Artists and non-artists are invited to submit work in various forms of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, glasswork, jewelry and more. Artists must be age 16 and up.
Submissions for the fourth quarter of 2018 will be accepted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail. Registration form and display protocols can be found in the documents below.
Current Member Spotlight:
Chris Dolan – Beanfield in Autumn
Medium: Oil on canvas
Laura Schneider – Medieval Paris
Nancy Donohue – Hard Edge
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Artist’s Exchange: Thursday, May 30, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about her process, inspiration, and execution of her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Sharon Garrison is an artist who specializes in portrait. She works intuitively as did Alice Neel and Lucien Freud, two of her sources of inspiration. A professor once compared her work to that of Soutine. She was not aware of Soutine at the time and headed straight to the library to look up the artist. She did not see a similarity but others have also made the comparison. Shape and value are of primary importance. Her colors tend to be realistic, even somewhat monochromatic in nature.
Although never one for drawing, her recent work is a series of portraits entitled “Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me”, made with Sharpie markers. These drawings are a combination of realism and caricature applied to images of acquaintances, family and friends. She often enhances memory of past relationships to create what she surmises a contemporary version of the past might look like and vice versa.
She is presently exploring cattle markers and cold wax and oil as mediums, using a trial and error approach. Her work in general is based upon trial and error methodology. Although the portraits seem to be classical in nature, there is often an edgy quality to them.
Sharon feels that the artist’s work is complete when she deems the piece finished. It is then time for a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. With this sequence of events the work takes on a new life with each different onlooker, creating an expanded continuum. For this reason, she does not attempt to explain her work. If the work is successful, there should be no need for explanation. However, the life experiences of the viewer melding with the art work facilitates a fresh dialogue between the viewer and artist, often resulting in a mutually beneficial understanding of the piece.
She earned an Associate Degree from UW Fond du Lac and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
She has shown in many venues around the state:
2018 Wisconsin Visual Artists Biennial, Mowa
Neville Public Museum
Union at the University of Wisconsin Madison
Gail Steinhilber Gallery, UWO
Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan
1996 Faculty Alumni Show, Priebe Gallery UWO
Two person show UW Fond du Lac
Solo show Langdon Divers Gallery, Fond du Lac
Solo show Riverwalk Art Center Fond du Lac
Many Alive in the Arts juried shows, Plymouth Art Center
Invitational show Trista Holz Studios, Fond du Lac
THELMA member shows
Mowa member shows
Ecological Show, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire art gallery
Signage for Prairie Theater, UW Fond du Lac
Mowa Members Show Director’s Award 2017
Merit Award Plymouth Alive in the Arts 2018
First place Plymouth Members show 2018
Three meritorious designations and inclusion the the gallery books for Jack Richeson International Art Competitions
A featured artist in three Frank Juarez Artdose Guides
1994 Designer of the Year, UWO
Many Wisconsin Regional Artists awards
Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019
“If I think about the universe, and what science tells us, life as we conceive of it appears almost infinitely rare. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t meditate on what I see as the utter scarcity of this human condition, or if I am to speak more inclusively, this life condition. I am unable to take for granted, at least for very long, that we are beings complete with consciousness, an ability to sense beyond ourselves, and to communicate our impressions and feelings. If we distinguish ourselves from the inanimate, we as conscious entities form but mere micro-specks within the vast milieu of non-living material and empty space. What are the odds?”
“Painting, while it covers much ground in terms of the various energies that drive the process, ultimately brings me back to this phenomenon, and with cause for celebration. While working, I often see myself operating as both creator and observer, somehow in charge, but never more than a step ahead of the painting itself. The work bears a life of its own, and I feel like only a catalyst at key moments of development. When I am satisfied with a piece and consider it complete, I find myself more witness than owner, as though the spirit of the image continues to pulse just beyond grasp.”
David Criner is an artist working in Chicago. In his recent work, he transforms material in pursuit of an image which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. David teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.
Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance by Vitus Shell
Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019
My large scale paintings are geared toward the black experience, giving agency to people from this community through powerful images deconstructing, sampling, and remixing identity, civil rights, and contemporary black culture. In my work, I strive to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations by exploring and uncovering factors that contributed to the unfortunate relationship breakdown between the two.
Moreover, my layered, mixed media painting examines parallels between present day behaviors and attitudes that date back to African roots. With my current work, I continue experimenting with portraiture, acrylic paint, over-sized photocopies of early 20th century vintage advertisements and the incorporation of a foam-cut printing technique. My artistic goal is to exude the hip hop lifestyle with a southern vernacular. Through the use of the vintage advertisements allows me to create narrative based environments, which comment on stereotyping, bigotry, and oppression. The foamcut printing method provides me with the added layers to include text and icons, such as the minstrel images. Having spent much time researching graffiti art, I incorporate a variation of its characteristics, techniques, and unique aesthetics into my work such as paste-ups, stamps, and stencils. Using graffiti techniques allows me to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of what is considered low art or high art, which also addresses classism.