2018 BEST OF SHOW ARTISTS
Art Walk Stoughton is a juried art show, and is proud to highlight some of the best regional and local artists from around the South Central Wisconsin area. Our regional artisans and artists produce work across the full spectrum of disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, mosaics, digital art, jewelry, woodworking, and more.
Three artists were selected by our jury to receive awards for Best of Show, 1st Place, and 2nd Place. One artist was chosen by popular vote to receive the Viewer’s Choice award. All Art Walk visitors were invited to cast a vote for their favorite artist.
Congratulations to Derek Brabender, Mark Lajiness, Richard Lazzaro, and Dan Bassett!
BEST OF SHOW
Acrylic/Mixed Media Paintings
The work of our featured artist, Christine Echtner, is about storytelling. She uses drawing and mixed materials to develop narratives. She begins with a basic idea and by combining texture, line, color, pattern and figures, the story grows as she builds and develops it on the canvas. Location 22
Herb Brown is a graduate of the University of Michigan, holding a degree in fine arts, specialized in large metal sculptures. Although sculpting is his accomplished background, jewelry designs is my passion.
Brown’s work is forged and soldered from sterling silver sheet metal and wire that he melts and pours into a mold, then rolls out using a mill. Once he forges his desired design, he accents them with select stones, in which he also does the lapidary work. Brown's methods are becoming a rarity in the jewelry making industry where his items are solely hand-crafted, not commercial or commercial embellished pieces.
Herb's designs are constructed and created as wearable art, miniature sculpture, as each piece provokes the aesthetics’ as the essence of beauty, defining creativity in each individual. Location 6
ROGER & JACKIE BECKER
The creative process drives the collaboration of Roger and Jackie who use purchased wood and found wood from local trees to create their art. Classic woodcarving and woodturning techniques reveal the hidden natural grain patterns found in a block of wood, especially in burls, to show the natural colors of each piece. Carving, coloring, wood burning, and piercing may continue after turning on the lathe. Their carvings are made by hand making each piece unique. Location 25
Derek Brabender is a woodworker and carver. His carved spoons bring new life to wood with a strong connection to nature. Each spoon is carved from local timber that was removed by an arborist or damaged by a storm. The result is a tool-finished spoon that pleases both the hand and the eye, that serves both form and function, and that can be used every day. Location 15A
Price range: $10 to $200
Best known for his glass works, Steve Feren creates sculptural objects combining a variety of media utilizing cast and blown glass with steel, aluminum, mosaics, ceramic, concrete, acrylics, screened images, painted or drawn elements, fiber optics, LEDs, neon, and fluorescent light.
His work is a manifestation of a desire to create work that is assessable, yet sheds light on the complexity of the human condition. He is concerned with the persistence of life and the miracle of discovery.
Along with his glass works he creates sculpture for public spaces to link his role as an artist to the community.
Steve Feren is an Emeritus Professor of UW-Madison, where he led the infamous studio glass program. Location 22
Price range: $300 to $2000
Tom Kuchenbecker paints stylized photo-realistic watercolors of Wisconsin-inspired scenes by using multiple layers to achieve high value contrast and deep color saturation, with great attention to image details and scene composition. Location 24
Price range: $10 to $150
Painting and Drawing
Richard Lazzaro is a painter from Stoughton who has been a vocal supporter of abstract painting for over 60 years both as a teacher and as an artist. His work is based upon communicating his own desires and anxieties, in a style that is at once playful and personal. His art can be found in over 400 public and private collections across the world. Location 17
Aileen Musa is a mixed media artist whose work involves beginning with a photograph, which she then hand-colors utilizing a variety of media. Her work interprets the imagery of these photographs in a truly interesting and individual way, in a way that film cannot, lending her work a sense of nostalgia and a deep emotional focus. Location 28
Price range: $3 to $325
Mary Somers is a watercolor artist from Fitchburg, who uses her paintings to explore the feelings and robust personalities of people and animals. She uses a wet-on-wet technique, allowing her work to show effects like motion, and to allow the blending and moving of unique colors. Location 9
Price range: $20 to $300
Terry Sullivan is a watercolorist who utilizes traditional tools, techniques, and materials to create crisp, stunningly beautiful images marked with vibrant colors and unique perspective. Terry works from light to dark, from the broad to the detailed, from larger objects to smaller, creating pieces which showcase both the beauty of free-flowing watercolor and sharp, delicate detail. Location 12
Price range: $45 to $2495
Furniture, Screen Prints
Ceramics and Colored Pencil Drawings
Dan Basset’s work includes handcrafted ceramic sculpted pieces including jars and containers, busts and other sculptures, and stoneware planters. His style is almost comically grotesque and charicature-esque, whimsical yet moody. He also produces brightly-colored colored pencil drawings which range from cubist to surrealist, in a distinctive cartoonish style. Location 14
Rebecca Goldberg is a local Stoughton artist who works with glass to create beautiful, unique abstract pieces. Her work incorporates raw edge glass, hand-blown rondels, and natural materials, and aims to frame the beauty of nature in the setting of abstract glass work. Location 5
Mixed Media & Sculpture
Mark Lajiness is a sculptor and mixed media artist from Stoughton whose work includes hanging and freestanding sculptural pieces based upon birds, beasts, angels, and geometric shapes created from repurposed materials including musical instruments, pianos, stained glass pieces, and metals such as copper. Location 8
Lynda Wallis is passionate about creating wearable 3D art. She designs and creates jewelry to satisfy an uncontrollable urge to combine small colorful things - beads - from across the planet and time into something new and fresh. She hand-weaves beaded leather wrap bracelets using vintage, ethnic, handmade, and re-purposed beads. She also uses semi-precious stones, crystals, pearls, and hand carved beads from all over the world. The origin story of every bead is woven into each bracelet that she creates. Location 27
Nancy Mather loves color and texture. She uses a variety of materials for her 2D collages and plaster pieces and her art is more abstract than realistic. She uses metals, interesting found pieces and color washes to attract the eye and excite and attract a closer look to discover more detail. Location 20
Digital Media and Painting
Christina Lillge is currently working on a rebirth series using the human face as her subject in different landscapes. She primarily works with watercolors, acrylics, and digital media. She also paints motivational sayings and greenery scenes. Location 10
Jewelry and Photography
Julie Raasch has a passion for jewelry and photography. Her jewelry is created with beads and/or metal. The metal is etched or fold formed to create sculptural pieces. Each of her pieces of art are as unique as the person who wears it. Her photography captures the natural and urban world around me. She always strives to see life from different perspectives. Location 15
Marie Moise is an aspiring expressionist-abstract artist. Her passion is to transform a simple taste of life into a kaleidoscope of possibilities. She often works with mixed media using objects that she has found. Her art pieces are all original and made with passion and creativity. Location 6
Glass and Jewelry
Ann Kleckner creates beautiful glass pieces and jewelry by designing, layering, painting, melting and molding glass in my kiln. Her art often evolves from the graceful forms in nature; the delicate curvature of a petal, the unfurling of a fern, or the sway of a stem in the breeze. Her hope is that her art will mesmerize and delight you as much as it excites and inspires her. Location 11
Hal Shaw will showcase his hand carved pictures in wood. Location 4
Glenn Watson will be exhibiting a tasty summer medley of drawings, paintings, collage, etchings, photography, hand lettered signs, screenprints, and more!
It's a veritable Art Salad! Stop by during Art Walk Stoughton to sample the offerings of artists Glenn and Kandy Watson.
Custom Jewelry and Metalwork
Bill Howard designs custom gold and silver jewelry. He also enjoys blade smithing, jewelry repair, diamond and gem setting. He doesn't just design, he also teaches the trade of art metalwork in precious and non-precious metal. Location 18
Drawing and Painting
Gary Truman Erickson's work from the last thirty five years depicts the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. He tends to seek out views devoid of human activity in
favor of unspoiled examples of nature in an increasingly urbanized world.
The observation of color, pattern and texture in relation to seasonal transitions and atmospheric conditions has provided him with endless possibilities for artistic expression. Location 26
Paul Lawrence has been passionate about the "painting game" for many years, and enjoys exploring the art. Color, texture, light. All that. He uses anything and everything he can get his hands on, ranging from acrylic and oil paints to random found objects. The exploration continues. Location 19
Links of Love gives Cullen’s experience with autism and Cerebral Palsy a creative expression. We hope you will treasure his work as much as he enjoys creating it for you. Location 28