The exhibition will be open from Thursday, June 13 to Friday, June 21. The show will feature artists from Portage County, as well as around the state who created pieces from a variety of mediums.
The “Visions” exhibit was created in 1999 to locate and identify area artists, said RAC director Nancy Thorson. Artists can submit up to three pieces of artwork in any media. “RAC is proud to host this exhibit and give area artists an opportunity to display their recent art work and for the community to enjoy seeing that work,” she said.
Dan O’Neal, a Stevens Point-based painter known for his realistically-rendered works, is the juror for Visions XV. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Western Illinois University in 1978, and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.
In 2003, at the age of 47, O’Neal suddenly lost most of the vision in his left eye to macular degeneration. Despite this, O’Neal has returned to painting full time and exhibits in galleries in New York City. Last year he was part of an exhibit at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Madison.
“The macular degeneration changed my color senses, so more vivid colors are more attractive to paint with,” said O’Neal. “It gave me a new insight.”
In his statement, O’Neal said the criteria for the exhibition included creative voice, technical integrity and spreading the wings of the art community, or the encouragement of many mediums.
“Many forms and styles of art were submitted,” he said. “My philosophy was to represent that range of expression and enable a safe haven for the best of those submitted; and thus allow for broader growth of artistic community roots.”
O’Neal said Visions XV is important because the intrigue of new and familiar artists breaths life into the community. “This really shows the variety of artistic voice in Stevens Point,” he said.
Thorson said the RAC is lucky to have O’Neal as this year’s Visions juror. “It’s been a good experience to learn from him,” she said.
The exhibit will be one of the largest this year, Thorson said. Out of the 90 artists that submitted 187 pieces, 104 pieces representing 70 artists were chosen for the show. Last year, the show included approximately 75 pieces.
“We’re happy to see new and returning artists, as well as some students,” said Thorson.
Because the show is larger than last year’s, the RAC is set up in a special way to showcase a variety of artists and mediums.”
“It’s set up almost like separate galleries, because we have so many different pieces” said Trina Zieher, a RAC intern.
O’Neal said this method of display was intentional, in order to help the wide variety of artistic styles and materials to be shown in a more organized manner.
“I really love these kinds of shows but my only criticism was that it can be so hard to see some works because of the works next to them,” O’Neal said. “We hung them thematically to be conscious of how things look next to their neighbors’ works.”
Pieces from the show will also be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting both the artists and the RAC. The RAC relies on donations to continue its operation.
“It’s great to see a wide variety of mediums at this show because people can see more styles and more things they would want to purchase,” said Thorson. “The timing of the show is also great for encouraging people to buy wedding and graduation gifts, and the show brings a lot of tourists into the building.”
The Juror’s Choice and Honorable Mention Awards will be given for pieces showing accomplished achievement in artisanship and presentation.
The participants in the Visions XV show are: Steve Anderson, Plover, wood and glass; Marie App, Ogdensburg, oil painting; Jane Barnard, Stevens Point, watercolor; Jody Beighley **, Plover, colored pencil; Peggy Bliese, Wausau, photography; Brian Borchardt, Stevens Point, artist book; Bert Boscamp**, Stevens Point, wood sculpture; Walter Boscamp, Stevens Point, fine paper collage; Linda Brown *, Stevens Point, watercolor; Dianne Brown-Hahn*, Wisconsin Rapids, basket; Audrey Bunchkowski, Neshkoro, watercolor; Kristie Cecil, Stevens Point, oil painting; CathyJean Clark *, Neillsville, mixed media monoprint; Rita Crooks, Wausau, acrylic; John Davenport**, Almond, oil painting; Deann De La Ronde**, Almond; pastel/rag paper; Sharon Dowis, Wausau, photography; Jan Eckerman, Plover, watercolor; R. Christian Egger **, Marshfield, photography/collage; Sharon Feathers, Ringle, photography/collage;
Pat Gaska, Rothschild, fiber; Colleen Gunderson *, Stevens Point, photography; Tyler Hamelink, Marshfield, sculpture; Marsha Haynes, Stevens Point, photography; Vincent Heig, Custer, stone ware; Meredith Hess, Junction City, watercolor;
Denise Jacobson, Stevens Point, ceramic; Gail Jaeger, Marathon, watercolor; Mike Jagielo, Almond, woodwork; Mary Jobs, Wausau, oil painting; Steph Jones, Stevens Point, sculpture and painting; Nancy Karg, Stevens Point, oil painting; Kitty Kingston*, Marshfield, monoprint; Bonita Kostrzak**, Ogdensburg, mixed media and paining; Benita Jo Kulick, Stevens Point, ceramic; Nancy Laliberte, Wausau, acrylic painting;
Dan Lamers, Waupaca, photography; Gary Landowski, Custer, stone ware; Kristin Landowski, Stevens Point, porcelain; Ralph Laska *, Stevens Point, pencil; Susan Leschke**, Stevens Point, textile and embroidery; Karin McDonald, Stevens Point, oil painting; James McKnight, Amherst Junction, watercolor; Jeff Morin *, Stevens Point, pastel, print; Mary Therese Murphy, Stevens Point, silk fusion; Kathryn Negaard, Stevens Point, handmade paper and copper; Theda Neubauer-Hewuse, Mosinee, missed media; Dawn Marie Olson, Wisconsin Rapids, oil painting; Dan O’Neal, Stevens Point, still life; Elmae Passineau, Wausau, colored pencil and ink; Rachel Pavlic, Neshkoro, pastel, watercolor and oil; Kathryn Petke, Marshfield, mixed media; Patrick Plunkett **, Wausau, metal sculpture; Sally Powell, Stevens Point, pastel and charcoal; Mary Lee Reineking, Almond, watercolor; Brooks Rickard, Mosinee, photography; Jan Ronchetto, Stevens Point, mixed media and watercolor; Carolyn Rosenberger, Iola, watercolor;
Ann Singsaas, Stevens Point, watercolor; Toni Starr, Stevens Point, watercolor and pencil; Dave Staszak, Amherst Junction, photography; Nancy Thorson, Stevens Point, watercolor and ink; Jamie Walkush, Stevens Point, photography; Theresa S. Wanta, Stevens Point, oil painting; Susan Wendlandt, Marshfield, assemblage; Stacey Wiegert, Arkdale, glass mosaic; Audrey Wilde, Wausau, collage; Deb Wolf*, Stevens Point, oil and cold wax; Sandra Zimmermann, Waupaca, watercolor and Wei Zuo, Stevens Point, oil painting.
** denotes Juror’s Choice Award winner, * denotes Honorable Mention winner.
The RAC is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the RAC is free and open to the public.
For more information about the RAC, contact Thorson at 715 343-6251 or visit the Riverfront Arts Center Facebook page.