Gallery artist, Sara Willadsen, featured in the 2015 Midwest New American Paintings, No. 119

Congratulations to gallery artist, Sara Willadsen, for being one of several artists from the Midwest to be published in the 2015 New American Paintings current Midwest 2015 issue. 

To learn about Sara and her work click here. 

Below are the pieces that have been selected by juror, Kelly Shindler (associate curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis).

Please contact the gallery for availability at frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail.com. 

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Sara Willadsen, Archipelago, graphite, colored pencil, gel pen, found materials, latex, and acrylic on panel, 22x30inches

Sara Willadsen, Archipelago, graphite, colored pencil, gel pen, found materials, latex, and acrylic on panel, 22x30inches

 

Sara Willadsen, Front, laser cut, graphite, latex, human hair, fabric, found materials, and acrylic on panel, 48x48inches

Sara Willadsen, Front, laser cut, graphite, latex, human hair, fabric, found materials, and acrylic on panel, 48x48inches

 

Sara Willadsen, Untitled, laser cut, graphite, charcoal, found materials, and acrylic on paper, 22x30inches

Sara Willadsen, Untitled, laser cut, graphite, charcoal, found materials, and acrylic on paper, 22x30inches

Gallery Announcement

Last night FJG hosted its first Gallery Artists Group Show featuring new works by Brandon Bauer, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Melissa Dorn Richards, and William Zuback. It is by far one of my most memorable gallery experiences. I have had the honor to work with 5 amazing and talented artists over the past five years. In addition to our traditional artist talks a special announcement occurred after William gave his talk about his work. He renewed his vows with his wife, Susan, during the reception. They just celebrated 30 years together as a beautiful couple. 

Congratulations Bill and Susan Zuback!!!

Congratulations Bill and Susan Zuback!!!

In January of 2014 Milwaukee-based artist, Stefani Quam had a solo show, “Theory of Forms” at FJG. Recently she emailed me with the following. Her email seemed appropriate to share with you. Stefani writes, “Having my first solo show was confidence in myself and my art that I had never had before and an opportunity that I never expected to be granted. I don’t think I’ve even come to a full appreciation of what that experience has done for me. Creating that body of work pulled me through a really tough part of my life where I felt like my professional progress was hindering my personal growth. I needed to share that struggle through my work and that show allowed me to do that. Furthermore, I had to really learn how to articulate my thoughts and feelings with both words and materials, which encouraged me to apply for more shows. It taught me so much about the business side of art and business practices in general”. 

“You set an example for how to cultivate community, how to network, that good people are still there to support you even with the passing of time. You’re not afraid to take risks and give people a chance. FJG is inspiring and aspiring not just for me, but for all the people it’s touched”.

This is why the gallery is so important to me. It is about making people feel comfortable and welcomed. It is about developing and maintaining relationships. It is about supporting others in any way that I can. I often ask myself, if the gallery was to close what would I leave with? Now, I know.

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L to R: Frank Juarez, William Zuback, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, and Melissa Dorn Richards. Not pictured: Brandon Bauer and Sara Willadsen. Photo cred: Pat Ryan.

With this being said, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some important news regarding the Frank Juarez Gallery. 

If you are connected with the FJG via social media outlets you may have noticed that an art store called Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC has opened inside the gallery. A dedicated space has been carved out for this new art shop while FJG continues to offer the Sheboygan community a strong visual art program focusing on local, regional, and national contemporary art. 

On December 31, 2015 FJG will reach the end of its lease and will officially closing its doors. Lakeshore Art Supplies, LLC will be taking over the space to expand its services and quality products to our community. 

The decision to close has been on my mind for over a year. The decision is not based on financial or personal reasons, but rather on a series of professional reflections. After a decade of advocating and promoting the visual arts in North East Wisconsin this is a great time to take a break and begin to think about the future of the Frank Juarez Gallery. 

I plan on reopening the gallery in 2017, however, at this moment in time I do not know where I will be relocated. Therefore, keeping my options open. The gallery has been a huge part of my life for the past 9 years and cannot imagine not being surrounded by it. 

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support. The gallery would not be the same without your presence both online and in person. 

In case you are wondering what I will be up to in 2016 I have secured a location for three group shows I will be curating, will be spending more time at the studio, Knaak + Juarez Studioteaching, working on the Midwest Artist Studios Project, offering the Artdose Art Guide, and of course planning for the future.

Here is a snapshot of our reception. Photos courtesy of Pat Ryan. 

Upcoming at FJG

Erika Block & Sara Risley. Reception: September 19, 5-8pm

Erica Huntzinger & Laurie Maves. Reception: November 7, 5-8pm.

12 | 12 | 12 Group Show. Reception: December 19, 5-8pm

 

Gallery Artists Group Show at the Frank Juarez Gallery

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Gallery Artist Group Show

Frank Juarez Gallery

1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081

August 2 – September 15, 2015

Artist reception: August 15, 2015, 5-8pm

 

Gallery Artists Group Show

Sheboygan – The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring new works by gallery artists, Brandon Bauer, Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Melissa Dorn Richards, and William Zuback, at 1109 North 8th Street. An artist reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, August 15, 5 to 8pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

This exhibit will include drawings, paintings, sculpture, and photography. This exhibition celebrates the successes of these five artists who are constantly pushing the boundaries of their work while exploring new processes, ideas, and materials. This will be the first time exhibiting as a collective whole at the gallery.

Brandon Bauer,  "Operation Tumbler-Snapper / Fox - May 25, 1952" It is an image from my 1000 Suns series.  The image is 44"x32" Archival Pigment Print on Canvas (2014)

Brandon Bauer, “Operation Tumbler-Snapper / Fox – May 25, 1952″ It is an image from my 1000 Suns series. The image is 44″x32” Archival Pigment Print on Canvas (2014)

Brandon Bauer is an artist based in Wisconsin. Brandon uses art as a space for critical and ethical inquiry, discourse, and dialog. His work explores themes of social justice, capitalism, consumerism, democracy, war, and critical histories embedded in cultural ephemera. His work employs photography, video, collage, drawing, installation, and collaborative produced projects. Brandon’s work has been exhibited in a number of national and international venues. Brandon’s work has been produced in DVD editions, used as illustration for various editorial publications and books, and has been published in poster editions.

Bauer co-edited the book Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated, published in two editions and released in 2004. Gustavo Gili of Barcelona Spain published the Spanish language edition, and Edition Olms in Zurich Switzerland published an English, French, and German language edition. In 2003 A DVD of Brandon’s early experimental video titled Signaldrift: a day under the city was released by the Paris based video label Lowave. In 2009 the experimental-noise label FTAM released a DVD of Brandon’s collaborations with musician Peter J. Woods titled Hungry Ghosts.

Bauer received his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1996, and his MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2008. Brandon was a 2009-2010 Distinguished Graduate School Fellowship (DGSF) recipient for the completion of his Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bauer is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.

Tony Conrad, Untitled (waves), acrylic on canvas, 42 x 37.5", 2015

Tony Conrad, Untitled (waves), acrylic on canvas, 42 x 37.5″, 2015

Tony Conrad’s pattern-centric paintings and drawings are the result of an ongoing interest in various cultural and historical movements including Persian textiles, Tibetan Buddhism, psychedelic rock culture, and meditative states.

Conrad received his MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009.  Currently, Conrad is a Lecturer of Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Conrad’s work has been exhibited in various solo, group, and invitational exhibitions and has won a number of awards including the Lawrence Rathsack Scholarship and the Frederick R. Layton Fellowship.  Recently, his paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, as well as the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dale Knaak, Water Jar, oil on board, 10x8", 2015

Dale Knaak, Water Jar, oil on board, 10×8″, 2015

Dale Knaak’s work explores his fascination with the conventional spaces of the everyday. The ordinary that goes unnoticed. Stripped of embellishments, elegance or charm, the subjects of his paintings stand as a testament of time. Dale sees them as a point of contemplation, a contemporary statement on past and present, kept.

He finds it interesting to take a visual experience, process and reinterpret it as a personal experience.  

Knaak is a native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He moved to Milwaukee after high school to study art. He lived in Milwaukee for 10 years, where he received the basis of his art training. After obtaining a degree in Commercial Art, he went on to study painting and drawing for five years with the late James Prohl of Atelier Prohl.

Currently, he maintains a full-time fine art studio in a 1900 sq./ft. warehouse in Sheboygan, WI. He divides his time between fine art drawing and painting, commissioned art, and commercial mural projects.

Melissa Dorn Richards, Mop Oil on Canvas, 47 x 47", 2015

Melissa Dorn Richards, Mop Oil on Canvas, 47 x 47″, 2015

Melissa Dorn Richards is a Milwaukee-based artist, who holds a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. A practicing artist for 20 years.

Dorn Richards has an intense interest in the humanness of non-human objects, always looking for that awkward gesture or irregular line. Working with vivid color and engaging a heavy black line or contrasting color, she pays close attention to the slight gestures of the line and the placement of shapes to portray that humanness. She has also introduced cut pieces from “recycled” velvet paintings in some of her work, collaborating with the unknown artist.

Her work can be found in many corporate collections including Tax-Air, Northwestern Mutual, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, Littler Mendelson and Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Select exhibitions include: Preservatif, Stockholm Gallery; Forward 2014, Charles Allis Art Museum; Up, Down!, River Edge Gallery; Moving Mountains, Frank Juarez Gallery; Schematic, UW-Sheboygan; Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Art Chicago and Aqua Art Miami, Hotcakes Gallery.

Dorn Richards’ is also active in the local arts community through her work co-chairing the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) advisory board and as a board director and previous lead artist for Artworks for Milwaukee. Her newest adventure is as co-managing director of Material Studios + Gallery, a space for artists to create, produce and develop their entrepreneurial practice.

William Zuback, The Wall, Archival pigment print (Photograph), 20x20", 2015

William Zuback, The Wall, Archival pigment print (Photograph), 20×20″, 2015

William Zuback began his career as a professional photographer in 1988 after graduating from Brooks Institute, in Santa Barbara, California. He has been making his living as a professional photographer ever since, currently managing the studio for a magazine and book publishing company in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Inspired by the classic album covers of the 1960’s and 70’s, Zuback has been creating conceptual/staged contemporary photographs for exhibition since the late 1990’s. His narratives generally deal with issues of ones identity whether that be individual, family, or societel.

Zuback’s work can be found in private collections through out the country. He has participated in many Juried group exhibitions and solo shows in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Zuback often considers or describes himself as a fly on the wall. Always in a state of observation, testing the surroundings, and at times participating. His goal as a fine art photographer is to take those observations and life experiences and create visual statements that really become a mirror for the viewer. When people view Zuback’s photographs, he would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious.

When he creates his photographs he’s reminded that everyone comes to life experiences differently. Zuback would like the viewer to come away feeling visually satisfied but intellectually curious. He feels most successful when the images connect with the viewer on an emotional level but leave room for interpretation.

Zuback’s fine art work is driven by the narrative but enhanced with the technical story telling abilities of the photographic process. A glint of highlight, how he brings out the texture on a certain object or how re-cropping the image in the viewfinder, can turn an average image into an extraordinary one. These are the little victories that fuel Zuback’s desire as a visual storyteller. He finds each of his photographic themes a journey of discovery and learning. He enjoys new paths that challenge his comfort zone. Whether Zuback is pushing those boundaries with the subject matter or the material or technique that he is using, it is always more about the journey and not the final destination.

About the Frank Juarez Gallery

The Frank Juarez Gallery specializes in painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation, and mixed media works by contemporary artists based in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S. We aim to create an accessible, educational, and engaging exhibition space for our artists, audience, and community.

The Frank Juarez Gallery exhibits and promotes the works of artists who value innovation, technical discipline and artistic excellence in their chosen medium. Whether established, mid-career, or emerging, the gallery works with artists who possess that rare combination of skill, talent and work necessary to ensure success over the long-term.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Erika Block & Sara Risley, September 12 – October 17, 2015

Erica Huntzinger & Laurie Maves, October 24 – November 28, 2015

12 | 12 | 12 Group Show, December 5 – December 26, 2015

For press inquiries, please contact: Frank Juarez, 920.559.7181 or frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com

Follow Frank Juarez Gallery on Facebook (facebook.com/frankjuarezgallery), twitter (twitter.com/effjaygallery), and Instagram (instagram.com/frankjuarezgallery).

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Now Representing: Sara Willadsen

The Frank Juarez Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of collage/mixed media artist, Sara Willadsen. 

Sara Willadsen makes pictures that satisfy her curiosity in aesthetics and found materials. Combining these articles with reappropriations of her own work allows her to employ past patterns and marks as prompts for new structures and environments. The aggressive process used to construct these secretive spaces is kept in balance with the consciousness to know when to stop.

Sara Willadsen was born in Sheboygan, WI in 1987. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Northern Illinois University in 2014 and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Graphic Arts from Lakeland College in 2010. Working mainly with paint and various site-specific found materials, Willadsen’s work explores concepts of abstract spaces and structures guided by her surroundings. She has had work featured in New American Paintings and Fresh Paint Magazine and shows frequently in group exhibitions across the country. Willadsen currently works as a visual artist and freelance designer in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

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Reception Photos: INDIANA GREEN 2015 Regional Art Exhibition

INDIANA GREEN is now in its 6th year featuring artists from Wisconsin and Illinois. A big thanks to the artists in attendance and for talking about their work; Ann Baer, Erica Huntzinger, Michael Kautzer, Brandon Minga, Todd Mrozinski, Serena Weits, and Sara Willadsen. Also, a high five to my partner in crime, Melissa Dorn Richards for her curatorial eye and continual support and Mary Lou Mayr for the delicious hors d’ oeurves.

This is truly one of the best shows that the gallery has hosted.

Here is a snapshot of last night’s reception. INDIANA GREEN runs until July 25, 2015.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is open on Saturdays, 10am-4pm or by appointment 920.559.7181.

To view installation shots and artists’ work click here.

All works is available for purchase. Contact Frank at frankjuarezgallery(at)gmail.com for your own private tour of the exhibition.

The Story behind INDIANA GREEN

In 2010, Frank Juarez curated a show that featured artists that he believed have supported him as an artist over the past 10 years. You could say that he was paying homage to these artists. This was, of course, before he opened his very own art gallery and have not had a lot of opportunities for curating since his Barrow + Juarez Gallery days in Milwaukee (2006-2007). Everything that you could imagine at a reception happened. Artists met artists, art sold, a fab turnout, a social afterwards, and so on. 

Before the end of the night an artist asked if he was going to do this again in 2011.  Juarez said, “nope”. “This was more of a one time show”. Shortly afterwards more artists started to approach him with the same question. They even started to recommend artists. His previous answer quickly changed to ‘I will think about it’. One of the pleasures that he gets from any exhibition/event that he puts together is sitting back and seeing the ‘magic’ happen. With Sheboygan being an hour from Milwaukee, an hour from Green Bay, 45 minutes from Fond du Lac, why would artists want to be a part of this show when opportunities exist within their own community, city or town. 

Then it hit him. What makes INDIANA GREEN so special is that it was personal. Personal for him. Personal for the artists. Although many artists did not know each other personally, it was through this exhibition that puts a name with a face and vice-versa. It was through this exhibition that he believes made them feel part of something very unique. 

Over the past few years, he stills work with many of the featured artists (2010-2013) in one way or another. He even met new artists through his co-collaborator, Melissa Dorn Richards. In May of 2014 Juarez celebrated 5 years of INDIANA GREEN, which featured 32 artists. This is truly one of his highlights of the year. Click here to read the Foreward that Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art wrote for the Fifth Year Anniversary of IG.

About INDIANA GREEN

Indiana Green is a regional group exhibition featuring 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. This exhibition introduces a diverse body of work by 32 artists ranging from  such as but not limited to: paintings to mixed media, sculpture to printmaking, and installation to photography. This exhibition represents personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice.

Click here to view receptions photos from past IG exhibitions (2010-2014).

Regional Artists Featured in Indiana Green Exhibition

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Frank Juarez Gallery
1109 North 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Tel: 920.559.7181

Email: frankjuarezgallery@gmail.com

 

Regional Artists Featured in Indiana Green Exhibition

Sheboygan – June 15, 2015

The Frank Juarez Gallery is proud to host “Indiana Green” from June 20 through July 25, 2015 in Sheboygan. “Indiana Green” is a regional group exhibition of 2D and 3D works by artists living and working in Wisconsin and Illinois. The show and sale features a diverse body of work by artists working in such media as paintings, collage, sculpture, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media. The exhibition represents the artists’ personal exploration of materials, media and ideas in a contemporary practice. Frank Juarez of Frank Juarez Gallery first organized the exhibit in 2010. The 2015 exhibit is co-curated by Frank Juarez and Melissa Dorn Richards.

The public is invited to a free opening reception on Saturday, July 11 from 5-8 pm with an artist talk at 6pm.

Artists featured in the 2015 Exhibit are: Ann Baer, Tom Berenz, LJ Douglas, Erica Huntzinger, Gary Justis, Michael Kautzer, Brandon Minga, Todd Mrozinski, Harvey Opgenorth, Krista Svalbonas, Dean Valadez, Serena Weits, Della Wells, and Sara Willadsen.

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Juarez is an artist, gallery owner, art educator, advocate and community leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, committed to exposing, educating and engaging others on the importance of experiencing and supporting the visual arts. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, network, and exhibit in the greater community.

Dorn Richards received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1996, and since graduating she has maintained a strong studio practice, worked with Milwaukee youth through Arts@Large and Artworks for Milwaukee. She has become a leader in the local arts community primarily through the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN). Dorn Richards is also a Plaid Tuba Affiliate with a studio in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

The Frank Juarez Gallery is located at 1109 North 8th Street, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081. For inquiries, contact Frank Juarez at 920-559-7181 or visit http://www.frankjuarezgallery.com. Open Saturdays from 10am – 4pm or by appointment.

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Gallery News: gallery artist featured in Art City Asks: William Zuback. Written by Eddee Daniel.

Amanda, from the Dress Series. Image courtesy of William Zuback.

Amanda, from the Dress Series. Image courtesy of William Zuback.

To learn about William and his work click here.

Also, make sure to subscribe to Art City. It is a good resource for staying up-to-date on what is happening in Milwaukee’s art scene. 

Art City Asks” is a brief Q&A with intriguing people who are part of or connected to Milwaukee’s art scene in some way. They are conducted via e-mail, in-person interview, video chat or whatever other format we may dream up. Some of the questions we use are inspired by the Frieze Questionnaire. If you would like to recommend someone for us to interview in an upcoming “Art City Asks,” please email Mary Louise, art and architecture critic, at mschumacher(at)journalsentinel.com.

Eddee Daniel is a fine art photographer and writer. He is an Art City contributor who also blogs at Arts Without Borders and Urban Wilderness. He has an exhibit currently on view at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.