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Mar 9, 2010
03:18 PM

An Un-Still Life

An Un-Still Life

Flowers in every shade of the rainbow burst from a tangle of greenery. A thicket of stems and branches plunges down into the earth, while two bare trees frame the scene.

It’s not a typical landscape painting, and that’s one reason why the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission chose it as the image for its 2010 art poster.

Cultural Affairs Commission director Karen Crossley says her organization reviewed roughly three hundred works of art before narrowing in on several acrylic paintings by Madison artist Dennis Nechvatal.

“They were such strong, bold, powerful works,” she says.

The commission eventually decided on Offering II as the image for the poster, its thirty-second celebrating Dane County and its artists. And among the most surprised at the choice was Nechvatal. He was afraid some viewers wouldn’t like such an intense painting, one he refers to as an “un-still life” that shows both happy and darker sides of the natural world.

“It has this nervous edge I think actually think exists in nature,” he says.

The posters are available at the Cultural Affairs Commission Office, Room 421 of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Other city and village halls also carry the posters. Revenue from poster donations support the mission and programs of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

Tonight, the commission hosts a reception at Electronic Theater Controls to publicly unveil the 2010 art poster and honor recent commission grant recipients. Nechvatal, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and representatives of local arts, culture and history organizations will attend.

For more information, visit culturalaffairscommission.com.

Photo courtesy of the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

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