artZ, an artist collective, believes that art is an essential part of a healthy community. It has power - to educate, advocate and inspire, to broaden perspectives, to challenge convictions, and to expand our understanding of the world around us. Art makes us not only better people, but more compassionate human beings.
Meet the artists of artZ:
Julie Adams works in Watercolor, Acrylic and Collage', and teaches painting classes at artZ Gallery and individual lessons at her Riverside Studio.
Judy Hostvet/Paulson...."I've enjoyed being a member of artZ since the very beginning. I've loved showing my work in this lovely gallery, which consists of mixed media, pastel, watercolor, assemblage, and handmade paper. My special interest is using paper in a variety of ways. Teaching classes at artZ and in other locations has always been a positive experience for me.".
Patricia Duncan is a representational pastel and oil painter. Growing up on the prairies of South Dakota, her interest for drawing and painting was sparked from a very early age. Currently living part of her time in the beautiful St. Croix Valley of Northwest Wisconsin and surrounded by lakes and Wisconsin farmland, this place continues to nurture her love for the outdoors and is a continual source of inspiration.
Bonnie Hagen works in watercolors, pastels, acrylics, fabrics and mixed media. She enjoys painting landscapes, animals, nature, and abstracts. She has recently retired from teaching and hopes to spend more time on her art.
Earl Duckett has been photographing nature since 1995. "The best time to work is around the edges of light. My favorite time is from pre-dawn through the first couple hours of the day." Earl also provides custom framing services.
Each of Win Herberg's pieces of high-fired stoneware pottery evolves from aspects of previous pieces. She believes simplicity can be very elegant through the repetition of form, line and color. Each of these repetitions strengthens and animates a piece by building on the previous one.
Pauly Cudd, "Glassblowing's my life's passion. I am
attracted to the mystical qualities of fluid glass. It is truly
challenging to manipulate and persuade a medium that
you can't touch with your hands. With each piece I create, I try to pass on my passion for glass to its new owner."
Wendy Frank’s fascination and creativity comes from working with metal; primarily copper, silver, nickel and brass. What began with a focus on unique jewelry piece has branched out to forming metal pieces, such as bowl and display art. http://www.wendyfrankdesigns.com/
Furniture maker Brian Hall uses predominately reclaimed material, much of it recovered from projects from his construction business, combined with hardwood slabs and branches from the woods surrounding his rural Amery home and shop.
Timber framing appeals to him in the same way furniture does; the process is challenging and fulfilling. The end product is functional as well as beautiful.
Jan Killian - My passion is connecting people to animals and nature through art & photography.
David Stone - Pottery has been his passion for over 50 years. He is awed by the spontaneous surprises this media produces and is continually humbled by a medium forged out of need thousands of years ago. These elements are reflected in the functional stoneware he creates for all to use and enjoy.
Sharyl Manwiller has found painting foster surprises to happen in line, shape and color. She experiences the natural world as calming and seeks to represent some of this quality in pictures of plant life, animals, people or landscapes. Oil, pastel, water color or acrylics work well to accomplish this goal.
Randy Lee is originally from Eau Claire WI, where he worked full-time as a portrait photographer and artist before resettling to Luck, WI in 2015. His style can be described as simple, allowing the beauty of the subject manner to shine through. Handmade custom frames encase most of his current body of work and are made from reclaimed wood, metal and found objects.
Loretta Pedersen - My husband and I moved to the farm 27 years ago from Minneapolis. Over the years we have raised sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas for their wonderful fiber. I am mostly self taught but have taken some wonderful classes over the years to stop my bad habits. I love working with fibers in any form and so my work always feels like a "work in progress." I try to push myself and try new things. I hope you like what you see.
Amy LaVanier has drawn in pencil all of her life. Her love of animals and art developed together as she experimented with wood burning on slabs of wood. “ I loved burning….the depth, the shading, the smell and feel of the wood. I couldn’t experience it enough. Everything was new and exciting. Animals I never dreamed of, trees and landscapes, all appeared.”