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Mar 29, 2012
03:07 PM

Art in the Open

Art in the Open

With this early spring we’ve been enjoying, a lot of us are likely planning the upcoming weekend around walking, eating, gardening and doing almost anything else we can while out and about. Why not throw some art into the mix?

This weekend brings Madison Area Open Art Studios, the annual event in which local artists open their studios to the public, giving arts lovers the chance to travel across the city to meet the artists and see more of their work. This year’s event takes place at nearly forty studios throughout Madison on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. 

Visit the organization’s website to find a list of participants. Or better yet, visit Overture Center for The Madison Area Open Art Studios Preview Exhibition, on display through April 1, which provides a nice sneak peak of the art one could see this weekend.

Pick up an artist directory with a map of participants’ locations. And then work your way through the first and second floors of Overture Galleries, taking in the mix of paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. It’ll be easy to find artists you’d like to visit over the weekend. When I stopped by the exhibition, I took note of many works that caught my eye.

Among them was Running Water, an abstract and pleasingly textured acrylic painting [pictured above] by Karen Watson-Newlin, a north-side artist. The shades of green, blue and yellow that she used feel fresh and appropriate for the season.

Across the first-floor gallery, Nightstream by downtown artist Gretchen Hedrick is a highly realistic depiction of an unusual yet beautiful object: a sleek Airstream trailer. Leafy green trees reflect off the silver trailer, while the grain of the oil painting’s wood panel shows through to offer visual interest and texture.

On the second floor, Amy Climer’s digital photograph Raindrops in Taipei shows gondolas climbing up and down cable tracks. The fog and rain separating the downtown artist from the green mountains in the backdrop transport the viewer to the high-altitude setting.

Nearby, Kim Tramieri’s Niagra Falls is a small black and white photograph [pictured at right] offering a unique and intimate view of the famous falls. The west-side artist focuses on rocks with small plants sprouting, while water gushes down beside them and into a treacherous rocky river below.

And west-side ceramic artist Rebecca Krantz’s untitled ceramic stoneware piece left me wanting to see more of her work. The organic-shaped vessel features cupped openings reminiscent of a plant or sea creature, while gorgeous glaze of blues and browns invites closer looks.

Find these and many other artists at the 2012 Madison Area Open Art Studios March 31 and April 1. For more information, visit maoas.com.

Photos courtesy of Madison Area Open Art Studios.

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As managing editor at Madison Magazine, I'm also an unabashed arts enthusiast. Paintings, plays, music, movies—I'm intrigued by all forms of creative expression. I enjoy talking with artists and sharing their insights, challenges, inspirations and latest endeavors. Check in regularly for details on events, previews and reviews, artist interviews and more! 

– Katie Vaughn
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