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Regional artists recognized for state awards

Artist Sue Rowe (left), is shown with juror Ann Lawton (right) at the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit, hosted for the fourth year at the River Falls Public Library. (Photo courtesy River Falls Public Library)

The River Falls Public Library Gallery is proud to host, for the fourth year, the Wisconsin Regional Art Program Exhibit. Sponsored by the River Falls Community Arts Base (CAB), and administered by the UW- Madison Continuing Studies Program, this year's WRAP Exhibit features work by 28 regional nonprofessional and student artists, and will be on display in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library through Feb. 258.

On Saturday, February 3, outstanding works were announced during the exhibition's opening reception. On hand was exhibition juror Ann E. Lawton, MS-ATR, Lecturer of Art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, to evaluate and discuss the artists' works. Nine regional artist works will move on to a statewide exhibition in Madison to be held in August and September.

Eighteen artists were recognized for outstanding works in the exhibit. The River Falls Public Library and Gallery are pleased to recognize the following artists for their outstanding creative works; all are currently on display in the Gallery.

State Exhibit Award Winners

Hubert Steve Cole, Menomonie: Chicago Street View I: Walk About & Around, Photography

Sue Rowe, Stillwater: The Girls in the Grass, Pastel

Emma Olson, Hudson: Reflections, Acrylic

James Guhl, Hudson: Mailbox at Night, Acrylic Paint

Lou Cunico, Lakeland: Nourishing the Spirit, Oil on canvas

Philip Colpitts, River Falls: Coneflowers, Sharpie Marker

Shelly Bilicke, River Falls: Salsa Time, Watercolor and pen

Dana Van Wie, Amery: Faint Echos, Mixed Media- Rust dyed cotton and metal

Caroline Herfindahl, River Falls: Coiling, Photography

Honorable Mention Awardees

Deanie Pass, Spring Valley: What's Around The Corner, Rug hooked /wool picture

Gayle Brunner, Prescott: Dream Tree, Watercolor Painting

Dale Lewis, Hastings: Trapped, Welded steel traps

Casey Beck, River Falls: Faceted Soda Fired Vase, Porcelaneous Stoneware

Cole Mccardle, Hudson: St. Croix Fox, Wood burning and watercolor on white pine turned plate

Kay Geraghty, Mondovi: Storm Watcher, Encaustic painting (hot wax and dammer resin) plus color added from oil bars, pan pastels, and color transfers from magazines. I also used a shellac burn on this piece.

Liam Armstrong, River Falls: Toothpick Boy, Charcoal & Graphite Drawing

Dee Schultz, River Falls: Calm, Fabric

JJ Knapp, River Falls: Polyamory, Mixed Media Drawing

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program began in 1940 to recognize and encourage nonprofessional artists. There are three aspects to the program:

1. 20-25 non-competitive exhibits held throughout Wisconsin.

2. An educational workshop

3. Meritorious works are selected by the exhibition juror for an Honorable Mention or a State Exhibit award that brings with it an invitation to the State WRAP Exhibit in August and September (where WRAA member artworks will be eligible for cash awards).

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