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Betty Gruber: quilting

Artist Statement Hello...my name is Betty and I’m a fabric-aholic. I have been sewing all my life and quilting for more than three decades. I have four wonderful children and started making clothes for them, and when they no longer wanted “home-made clothes,” I changed to quilting. Although I appreciate contemporary quilts, I love traditional designs. Because I am a self-professed fabric-aholic, I have more ...

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Sally Guger: ceramics

Artist Statement I have been in love with clay since I was around 15 years old. My work reflects my desire to make honest, functional pots. All of my work is wheel thrown using mid-range stoneware. I also spend endless hours making minor adjustments in over two dozen glaze recipes that I make from scratch. All of my work is of course lead-free and totally safe for all types of food. My pottery can be heated ...

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Briony Jean Foy: fiber arts and ceramics

Artist Statement Briony is fascinated by process, problem solving, and information sharing in general. As an artist that keeps her work fresh, but it also means you never know qu8ite what she’ll come up with! She makes multi-media, one-of-a-kind pieces in ceramic, fiber, metal, and most recently polymer clay. The common threads are color, texture and whimsy. Briony taught for many years at the UW-Madison & ...

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Patti Fowler: jewelry

The process of creating fused glass used in Patti's jewelry is unlike any other. Glass which is compatible (melts at the same coefficient of expansion) is fused together using a kiln that heats up to 1500 degrees. Frequently pieces are in the kiln multiple times and each firing can take up to 12 hours. Glass is layered to achieve the depth seen in each piece. The sparkling glass is dichroic: this means the ...

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Kurt Eakle: photography

Artist Statement Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved taking photographs. But I often find that what is in the viewfinder is not really the “picture” that I see. For years, this meant taping photos together–which generally ended up on the refrigerator. Looked nice, but kind of crude. In 2001, I decided to try digital photography and was excited about the ability of software to join single photographs into pan ...

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Homer Daehn: woodcarvings

Artist Statement Work on my parent’s farm started early, ended late, and happened seven days a week. This work ethic prepared me for an artist’s life. The hours are similar and both require multiple skills such as versatility, creativity, and the need for innovation. The lines of a square-rigger ship, whimsical colorful circus wagons, magical carousel horses, or the power of a bronze sculpture are what driv ...

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Mary Dickey: mixed media

Artist Statement My childhood was powerful. It was full of magic, play, dreaming, fear, and wonder. James Joyce said, "When a fortunate rhythm has been struck by the artist, you experience a radiance. You are held in aesthetic arrest. That is the epiphany." As a visual artist, my aim is to strike a rhythm between the interior of my life, the things that are cached in my memory, feelings and dreams, and my e ...

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Ann Campoll: fine beaded jewelry

Artist Statement “Beauty can transform your soul.” Art serves many functions in our lives, and both art and beauty can be defined in many ways. I fell in love with beads in kindergarten, when we were given the choice of stringing colorful wooden beads on shoe laces, and have been addicted to them ever since. I also have gotten much  joy and satisfaction from working with textures, colors and designs. These ...

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Jennifer Angus: Insect Installations

For the past ten years, I have been creating installations composed of insects pinned directly to a wall in repeating patterns which reference both textiles and wallpaper. When viewers enter one of my installations, they are greeted with something they think they know, that is, a patterned wallpaper which could be in anyone's home. However upon closer examination, one discovers that it is entirely made up o ...

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Duane Brissette: Mixed Media

A magical thing happens when an artist finishes a painting, print, sculpture, whatever: No longer needed by the completed piece, the artist is transformed into just another member of the audience. Any idea he may have about the piece is no better, no more authoritative than anyone else’s. Any idea he has about the piece may be mistaken or misleading and may change at any time. You can’t trust a word he says ...

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