Feature Dates: October 5, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Reception: Friday, October 21, 2016. 5:30-7:30pm, River Arts on Water Gallery (590 Water St, Prairie du Sac, WI).
Join us for an evening on the river! River Arts is pleased to feature two of our longstanding artists, Judi Werner (jewelry) and Cynthia Quinn (oil and watercolors) in the gallery this Fall. Meet with the artists, see their new work, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres provided by the gallery. It’s a can’t-miss evening!
Judi Werner focused her education on Computer Technology rather than the arts. It turns out that corralling all those bites and bytes over the years to make programs that people can use in their business was very creative work, with a lot of logical thinking and problem solving thrown in. It was a very useful foundation for this science-oriented artisan.
Many years ago Judi started collecting rocks on her vacations. As that box of rocks grew, it was only logical to Judi that she study lapidary, the art of cutting and polishing rocks. The box of rocks grew smaller as they were cut into cabochons. But then the cabochon collection grew larger. Fifteen years ago she decided to put her cabochons and creativity to use crafting jewelry.
Judi began her next area of ‘research’ through a series of jewelry classes. With teacher encouragement and lab availability she has progressed from simple cabochon mountings to more elaborate creations. She now incorporates fabrication work and casting in her pendants, rings, and bracelets using gold, sterling silver, copper, and brass. Each year the pieces get more complex yet whimsical and simple. You must always look at the backs of her pieces where she puts a treat just for the wearer.
My predilection for painting was first exhibited as a young child, when my mother would set me in front of an easel and I would paint for hours at a time. As I grew older, I loved to spend most of my time drawing and reading, filling entire sketchbooks every few months. The past twenty years I’ve devoted myself to painting in watercolor and oils, with nature imagery becoming my preferred subject. During the warmer months I like to paint plein air, outside standing at an easel. Painting on location heightens my observances of a place. It’s particularly helpful to visit favorite locations repeatedly, to fully experience the light in all of its manifestations and have first-hand knowledge of the flora and fauna.
However, when working plein air often weather, creatures and insects all conspire to make my job most difficult. It is during those times that I appreciate retreating to my studio to finish a painting in peace. I’ve found being present in the landscape carries over into my studio work, as well. Impressions and memories that were made while on location find a way of coming to mind and weaving themselves into the finishing touches, where in many cases I’m adding my personal take as to what I want the viewer to see or feel. For me, this is what makes painting such a satisfying process. And, it is wonderful when a painting elicits a passionate response, as often happens if I have done my job well.