Exploring Visual Arts across Madison
Jun 24, 2014
An Artistic Adventure at Yellow Rose Gallery
Finding the Yellow Rose Gallery is a bit of an adventure. But once you arrive at the multi-room gallery, tucked on the second floor of a building on the one-hundred block of State Street, you’re rewarded with a treasure trove of artwork from established, emerging and student photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, illustrators and designers.
Artist and activist Miles Kristan opened the gallery in March, allowing artists to rent wall space by the month. The arrangement allows for an ever-changing mix of works—and reasons for art lovers to stop by often.
On a recent visit, I was drawn to Ken Opin’s series of etchings, lithographs and photographs showing reflections off antique cars. Light bounces off of gleaming metal and the artist’s close-up compositions present the vehicles in a fresh, almost abstracted manner.
Nearby, Michael Matheson offers a trio of large mixed-media works. He utilizes screens, creating a layered, dynamic effect in the faces he depicts.
Even more commanding in scale is “Eva,” an oil on canvas painting of a reclining woman. Artist Libby Rosa’s treatment of color, shadow and movement elevate a casual scene into something noteworthy.
Additional highlights throughout the gallery include four quiet landscapes by photographer Max Cozzi, mixed media portraits by Rirostro, Kristina Karlen’s crisp illustrations of women and dresses and a wall of expressive paintings on loose, crumpled papers by Benjamin Pierce.
In addition to art on display, Yellow Rose hosts a variety of events. Up next is a post-Concerts on the Square open house tomorrow from 8 to 11 p.m.
For more information on the Yellow Rose Gallery, visit artonstate.com.
SLIDESHOW: Yellow Rose Gallery