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 ([email protected]) 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 November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Artist’s Exchange: Friday, January 3, 6 – 8 pm
Free admission and exclusive for THELMA members, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about his process, inspiration, and execution of his work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Diary of a Mad World
“My desire to mix word and image has led me to create my Diary of a Mad World portfolio. Here, I create images that appear to be grainy modernist styled black and white photographs. However, what the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance,become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image. The viewer is left to reconcile the connotation of the image and denotation of the words.
“The relationship between images and words can be traced back all the way to fourth century B.C. Greece to the Poet Simmias of Rhoades, who wrote his writings in the forms of images, much like the Futurist poets of the early 20th Century. The relationship between images and words in the visual arts is often tumultuous, and sometimes harmonious, but is undoubtedly a very rich part of the contemporary art dialogue.
“I use dynamic asymmetrical compositions to capture the viewer’s attention, and I use large-scale images for the space they allow for me to add minute details in the form of text. What the viewer sees as “grain” from a distance, become words as the viewer is drawn in closer to the image through the variety of styles in how the “grain” is arranged to create texture. The texture is sometimes more organic and chaotic, and other times will be more formally structured to create pattern. Sometimes the words are more visually obscure and other times they are more visually overt. The words themselves are original poems, stories, and critical writings on art and photography I have written. In the end, the text may challenge, distort, or complement the context the photograph creates, but whatever they do, the text adds an abstract quality both visually and conceptually.”
Exhibition will be on display from November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020
“In response to questions concerning my training and schooling etc., I am, for lack of a better term, self-taught. It is my hope that the work in question speaks for itself, in its own voice, without being burdened with autobiographical and or didactic references. If the work in question has any meaning in the accepted sense it is in its ability to combine found objects and images – the discarded debris of the once-functional and the most humble of materials – in such a manner as to demonstrate their capacity for transformation into objects that by the response they generate engage the viewer in a creative dialogue of association, allusion, and reverie beyond the limitations of the utilitarian and preconceived notions of what is worthy of “notice” and what constitutes ‘value.'”