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).