Natureworks: The Art of Ellen Anderson, Kandy Gibson, Ramona Person and The Language of Flowers: The Art of Mary Ellen Mueller at the Cedarburg Cultural Center

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathy Lanser:  Media Contact  

262-375-3676, ext. 104
Kathy@ArtMusicHistory.org

Opening reception on Thursday evening, April 29 from 5-7 pm

CEDARBURG, WI – The Cedarburg Cultural Center is proud to host two upcoming exhibits and sales, highlighting artworks by a number of Wisconsin artists, Ellen Anderson, Kandy Gibson, Ramona Person and Mary Ellen Mueller. The exhibits and sales begin on Friday, April 23 and run through Sunday, June 6 in the Center’s galleries. 

Both exhibits will feature an opening reception on Thursday evening, April 29 from 5-7 pm. The Center’s bar will be open for beverages but no food will be served. Patrons are asked to wear masks or face coverings when not actively drinking their beverages.
“Natureworks” is a three-person exhibit featuring the paintings of Ellen Anderson, ceramic works of Kandy Gibson and drawings of Ramona Person, to be displayed in the Center’s West Galleries.  
Wisconsin’s natural world provides the inspiration for Ellen Anderson’s oil paintings.  She begins each piece with thin layers of background and builds forward, evoking time and place through light and color. Her paintings invite you in to share a moment in the woods, the meadows, or at the shore, and create an almost myth-like reality of a time and place of importance and power.

Kandy Gibson graduated from The Ohio State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts and a focus in clay.  She has worked as a teacher of art and special education and most recently a school administrator, and holds Master degrees from Wright State University and Marian College.  As a utilitarian potter, she creates pots that are visually pleasing and unique in character, but also useful in everyday life.  Each piece of stoneware pottery created reflects her enjoyment for throwing, carving, sketching, embellishing, creating and using. She enjoys forming each piece with its own unique character and personality, whether she changes a spout, handle, foot, rim, glaze color or decorative element. Most of her pieces are wheel thrown, and she enjoys making pieces that are hand carved, or altered in some way. The forms she makes are usually organic in nature, which stems from her love of the balance observed in nature, and her personal preference for a fluid line. Her inspirations for surfaces come from patterns in fabric, paintings, nature and historic dishware pottery.

Inspired by the meditative quality of natural elements, Ramona Person's pencil drawings explore the complexity of patterns found in nature. Originally from northern Wisconsin, Ramona received her BFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and went on to work as a graphic designer in the Detroit metro area. With the nature drawing series, she returns to her love of drawing and the reflective process. She currently resides in northern Wisconsin.

In her own featured solo exhibit, “The Language of Flowers”, Mary Ellen Mueller will feature an array of detailed etchings, monoprints and original oil paintings in the Center’s East Gallery.  

Mary Ellen enjoys the detail of the etching process, the spontaneity and surprise effects of monoprints and the challenge of plein air painting.  Much of her career has centered on the creation of detailed representations using the etching monoprint and oil painting mediums with a wide variety of themes; many influenced by my international travel and our wonderful United States. Along with her son, Daniel Dean Mueller, the artist has self-published an alphabet book titled “A is for Amaryllis”. It incorporates the alphabet using the illuminated letter fashioned after a 1500’s children’s alphabet and teamed with flowers that begin with that letter and their meaning.  Those illuminated letters will be on display as a featured part of the exhibit. Mueller received her Degree of Bachelor of Education in Art Education from University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and is a member of the Cedarburg Artist Guild, League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Cedarburg Cultural Center, and Redline Milwaukee.  

The artist also received the “Best of Show” award in the 2018 annual “Little Show” at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.  The juror, Joye Moon said of her work, “After looking at the entire exhibit, I kept coming back to Mary Ellen Mueller’s paintings. She really expressed her scenes with masterful color, great compositions and a wealth of detail... I felt her paintings expressed the essence of the day she was trying to portray and deserved Best of Show.”

At this time, the Center is open for in-person viewing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 pm or by special appointment, with expanded hours anticipated for June. A virtual version of the exhibit will be available soon after its opening week on the Center’s website at:  www.cedarburgculturalcenter.org/exhibits.    
The Language of Flowers: Artist Talk with Mary Ellen Mueller
Sunday, May 23: 2 pm

Join local artist Mary Ellen Mueller for this presentation on her “Language of Flowers” series of etchings, monoprints and oil paintings, featured in her current exhibit. With a special emphasis on the etchings, the series represent the full alphabet using illuminated letters and are fashioned after a 1500s children’s alphabet.  Each illustration is teamed with flowers, whose names begin with each letter and their meaning.  The artist and her son have self-published these into an alphabet book, entitled “A is for Amaryllis.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the artist’s talk. The talk is complimentary and open to the public but RSVP’s are required as space is limited.  To RSVP for the event, call 262-375-3676, ext 101 or email Exhibits Manager Jeanette Gabrys at Jeanette@ArtMusicHistory.org with your name and the number of people who are attending in your party. Masks are required inside the CCC and social distancing is in place.  
The 2021 CCC Exhibits Program is generously supported by a grant from the Townsend Foundation. 

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ABOUT THE CEDARBURG CULTURAL CENTER

Located in the heart of historic downtown Cedarburg, the Cedarburg Cultural Center has been the cultural hub of the community for 36 years. We are the Center for Art, Music and History in Ozaukee County. We provide a gathering place to celebrate community, the arts, and local heritage. A free gallery with frequently changing exhibits surrounds the Center’s performance space, which features music, theatre, comedy and educational presentations. Our classrooms, galleries, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The non-profit Cedarburg Cultural Center is free and open to the public weekly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 pm.  Visitors to the Center are required to wear a mask upon entry.  

CEDARBURG CULTURAL CENTER

Where Art, Music and History Thrive

www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org

W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg WI 53012

Phone: 262-375-3676 

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