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AGNES HANDWERK is the featured artist at the Walworth County Arts Council exhibit in the Government Building for the month of March.  Agnes started her career in the Netherlands. While residing in Europe she traveled extensively in the art center of Italy, Poland, France and Germany.  Upon returning to the US Agnes joined the Art Association in Lake Geneva which contributed to her enthusiasm and enjoyment of art.  Her colored pencil sketch of the Eiffel Tower won her a state award.  Agnes continues to work in Acrylics and watercolors as well .  Visit the Government Building in Elkhorn and enjoy Agnes’ display.

 

Alyssa Skindingsrude Alyssa (Ally) Skindingsrurde, a recent graduate of Whitewater High School, is the featured artist for the month of August sponsored by the Walworth County Arts Council. The display is located in the lobby of the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

Skindingsrude was the 2013 recipient of a $1000 art scholarship from the Arts Council. Her work was judged “highly creative and original” and “demonstrates a confidence in using various materials and techniques.” In the fall Skindingsrude will continue her education at UW-Milwaukee as an art major. Her interests are in graphic design, interior design, and fashion. The artist attributes her high school success in art to her art instructor Debbie Brigham-Schmuhl.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Arts Council to have art work presented in the display case. Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented should contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at (262) 642-5281 or Dale Hagan at (4140 837-4363.     

WCAC Maggie Stetter May 2013 Artist of the Month

Maggie Stetter is our May Artist of the Month

Watercolor and mixed media artist Maggie Stetter of Whitewater is the Walworth County Arts Council’s featured artist for the month of May. Stetter’s exhibit is shown in the display case at the Government Center on the Square in Elkhorn.

For ten years the artist was a watercolorist with the Tennessee River Fine Arts League in Paris, Tennessee, before returning to Wisconsin.

The display is dedicated to the artist’s late husband, Roy K. Stetter, who was employed for twenty-five years with the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. The exhibit includes two portraits of her husband; an oil by the artist’s mother, Mary Fritz; and a watercolor by Stetter. A lover of animals, Stetter is a commissioned artist of people’s pets.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Arts Council to have art work presented in the display case. Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented, contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at 262-642-5281 or Dale Hagan at 414-837-4363.

 

April 2013 Artist of the Month

Sandy Vobain, Our April Artist of the Month

April’s featured artist of the month is Whitewater watercolorist Sandy Volian. Volian’s exhibit is on display throughout the month at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

A retired registered nurse since 2006, Volian says, “I have always enjoyed dabbling in art in one form or another, but in 2009 I discovered the watercolor medium. I find that it brings much joy and serenity to my life.” Learning watercolor is a never ending process according to Volian who says that many of her paintings are “spirit inspired ideas.”

It is not necessary to be a member of the Arts Council to have art work presented in the display case. Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented, contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at 262-642-5281 or Dale Hagan at 414-837-4363.

 

Laura Peplin is our March 2013 Artist of the Month

Laura Peplin is our March 2013 Artist of the Month.

March’s featured artist of the month is stitchery artist Laura Peplin of Elkhorn. Her work is on display during the month of March in the our display case at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

Laura has created over 100 cross-stitch pictures as well as crocheted afghans, macramé plant hangers, latch hook rugs, embroidery, needlepoint, and canvas needleworks. “In high school home economics we were taught embroidery and knitting,” said Laura, “but once I found cross-stitch I was hooked (no pun intended).” She has been honored often over the past thirty years for her skill and artistry. In 2012, at the Wisconsin State Fair, she was awarded Best of Show for her pieces in addition to winning seven ribbons for seven entries.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Arts Council to have art work presented in the display case. Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented, contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at 262-642-5281 or Dale Hagan at 414-837-4363.

 

Darlene Jensen is WCAC's February Artist of the Month.

Darlene Jensen is WCAC’s February Artist of the Month.

February’s featured artist of the month is Darlene Jansen of Whitewater. A photographer, she has a passion for taking “macro images.” See her photographs in the WCAC display at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

Jansen’s interest in photography began as a child in rural Whitewater. She was always exploring tiny insects, birds, butterflies, and flowers.

Jansen’s interest in photography peaked in her teen years, but it wasn’t until 2006 when she purchased her first digital camera that her passion for taking “macro images” developed.

Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented should contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at (262) 642-5291 or Dale Hagan at (414) 837-4363.

January featured artist Karolyn Tscharnack

January’s featured artist of the month is Karolyn Alexander Tscharnack of Whitewater. See her watercolors in the WCAC display at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

Karolyn Alexander Tscharnack of Whitewater is Walworth County Arts Council’s Artist of the Month for January. You can see her work at the Government Center on the square in Elkhorn.

Karolyn says that she loves “to make plain surfaces more colorful.” She has a passion for the excitement of painting with watercolor. “I love to watch the colors move and mix on the paper in a wet application. I enjoy watching colors change as one is glazed over another. The versatility and variety of styles and techniques that can be used continue to intrigue me. I love the challenge of watercolor, and, yes, I even love the problem solving that is sometimes required to bring a painting to completion.”

Karolyn says that painting a landscape, floral, or still life (sometimes in a semi-abstract manner) brings her joy. She draws inspiration from everything she sees, from springtime flowers in her own backyard to the many beautiful places that she has visited in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Since 2009 Karolyn has been teaching watercolor techniques and sharing her knowledge of painting with adult groups in Whitewater and Janesville.

Last year she wrote and self-published her first book, Watercolor Cookbook—Recipes for Mixing Delicious Color. In addition to instructions for mixing watercolors, the book includes a gallery of over 60 pieces of my artwork. 

Walworth County artists interested in having their work presented should contact Arts Council volunteers Al Gruling at (262) 642-5291 or Dale Hagan at (414) 837-4363.