Feature Dates: January 2 – March 30, 2019
Reception: Friday, January 18, 2019 | 5:30-7:30pm | River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI).
New: Save 10% on art purchases made during the public reception on January 18 from 5:30-7:30pm!
River Arts is pleased to feature one of our most long-standing artists, Charmaine Harbort, as well as welcome guest artist Susan Hale. Charmaine works in polymer clay, creating whimsical jewelry and eye-catching sculptures. Susan Hale uses the vibrancy and color of nature, both in Wisconsin and on her world travels, to inspire her vibrant oil paintings. On view for a limited time only!
Join us for an evening on the river! At the reception, the public can meet with the artists, see their new work, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres provided by the gallery. Artist talk begins at 6pm.
I began making jewelry in 2001 and started experimenting with Polymer clay in 2010. I now specialize in polymer jewelry and have won several awards for my designs. Due to the nature of the medium, each piece is completely unique. I have learned several techniques to get the most spectacular results. I have complete control over each creation from mixing the colors to which metal to incorporate in each piece. I hope the joy I get from making my jewelry is shared by the wearer!
I have always loved to draw and paint. Living in the Wisconsin countryside is a constant inspiration to me. It seems everywhere I look I see a painting – sunrises on Lake Michigan, golden hay bales scattered in a farm field, popcorn clouds dancing in a cerulean blue sky. Color and pattern are an important aspect of my work. I try to create on the canvas the energy and connection to nature I feel as I paint. Working in oil, I apply the paint thick and luscious, like frosting on a cake. “Let the paint talk”, I often say.
The German Expressionists, French Impressionists, and the Magical Realism of Mexico have influenced me, as has traveling the world. My most recent trip was India – the vibrating sounds & colors were an awakening. I keep “Sketchbook Diaries” of places I have been, but there is truly “no place like home” as I live in rural Cedarburg, Wisconsin surrounded by farm fields (and mooing cows).
Color is magic to me. My paintings include the vibrant use of color along with a sense of optimism. I love to paint outdoors, “plein-air.” It is invigorating to experience painting not only through my eyes but also through the feel of the breeze, the smell of the damp earth, and the chirping of the crickets. As van Gogh said, “…real artists paint things not as they are, in a dry analytical way, but as they feel them.” I paint as I feel.
People ask me:“Do you really see all those colors in the landscape?” “Yes”, is my reply, “I just squint and use my imagination….isn’t that what being an artist is all about?”