VIVA Gallery’s seventh annual Artisan Market will include the creations of 10 guest artists, and new work from the gallery’s 24 member artists. The market will debut on First Thursday, Nov. 1.
The works of four accomplished potters come in a wide variety of objects and styles, from the beautiful and functional mugs, bowls, and tea sets by Maureen Karlstad to decorative tiles by Mark Herrling. Charna Schwartz’s clay works are characterized by stunning Majolica glazing and elegant porcelain forms. Scott Keith creates unique sculptural figures inspired by Mexican surrealism and folklore.
The creations of the gallery’s fiber artists include a range of distinctive clothing and objects for home décor. The intricate designs of talented weavers Kathleen Aaker and Angela Feltes are evident in their hand-woven vests, scarves, table runners and wall hangings. Sharlene Bohr’s scarves, eco-printed scarves with natural dyes, are unusual and lovely gifts. You may choose a colorful and clever potholder from Crystel Curley, or a felted cuff by Jane Pearlmutter. And Kindred WazeeGale creates hats, side bags and accessories from deerhide, often with intricate beading.
Jewelry is perennially popular, and shoppers will find much to choose made by seven artists participating in the Artisan Market. M’Lou Wilkie’s intricate woven beadwork, Angela Feltes’ hand-crafted dichroic glass beads, and Christine Larson’s silver, wire and gemstone creations are among the jewelry offerings. Jewelers and metalsmiths Raelene Roberts, Nan Marshall and Nick Smolen incorporate copper, brass and iron into unusual cuffs, necklaces and key chains in all manner of combinations and shapes, while Alena Mack draws on the forms and materials of nature to make her inspired jewelry. Amy Arnold contributes unusual earrings made of painted wood.
Photographs, prints and mixed-media constructions make perfect gifts. Tom Rhorer’s photographs capture the beauty of the Driftless region, and are printed not only on paper, but sometimes on copper, aluminum or glass. Diane Dahl’s photography is augmented by her mixed media work in acrylics, clay and bits and pieces from nature. Prints include Mark Herrling’s bold graphic images and Pete Sandker’s imaginative and detailed watercolors, and you might want to frame one of Mike Lind’s cards, intriguing images of Wisconsin’s river patterns or his clever “You are What You Eat” series.
Shoppers will find oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings with every manner of subject matter. Deb Conlon and Paul Bergquist are known for their beautiful plein air works in oil. Liz Quebe’s oil paintings capture small family farms and farm animals, while watercolor artists Anne Tedeschi and Bill Mapp create scenes of the area, flora and fauna, and still lifes in two distinctive styles. Pita Daniels applies acrylics to make big, bold contemporary paintings, and Christine Larson uses dominant color schemes to create otherworldly dream landscapes.
The gallery’s woodworkers create items to grace your kitchen and home. There are Jerry Quebe’s intricately constructed and beautifully finished cutting and serving boards. Ken and Michelle Workowski team to make popular rustic bark mirrors, poplar bark baskets and delicate lamp shades, all from elements native to our area. Ray Bock’s beautifully aesthetic wooden boxes and sculptural vessels are created from exotic hardwoods, and Nicholas WazeeGale makes delicate boxes and bowls of birch bark, along with hand-carved spoon and bowls. This year, Terry Beck is offering kalimbas, a musical instrument originating in Africa and the Caribbean Islands, while Amy Arnold and Kelsey Sauber-Olds bring hand-carved, hand-painted wooden hearts.
Rounding out the gallery’s art offerings are the forged metal candlesticks of Nick Smolen, the stained glass works of M’Lou Wilkie, and books (including coloring books) by Susan Cushing. VIVA Gallery is also a great place to find holiday cards, stocking stuffers and ornaments.
The diverse works of these 34 member and guest artists will be featured at VIVA’s First Thursday reception Nov. 1 from 5-7 p.m. and will be on display through the months of November and December. The gallery is located at 217 S. Main St. in Viroqua. For more information about this and future First Thursday events, contact the gallery at 608-637-6918 or email@example.com.
The gallery’s First Thursday reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner next door at Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608-632-2120 to make reservations. The Rooted Spoon cash bar will be open during the reception.