WHITEWATER – The art of Karolyn Alexander and Virginia Epps will be on display August 4-28 at the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St.
There will also be a reception on August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the center. Food and drinks are taken care of.
Presented by the Whitewater Arts Alliance, Abstracts: a Series of Series is one half of the exhibition.
Karolyn Alexander Tscharnack is a lifelong resident of Whitewater. An early influence in art came from her father, Richard Kettwig. After an early retirement from UW-Whitewater, Alexander immersed himself in art-making. She has worked in clay and painted with watercolor, acrylic and collage.
In 1993 Alexander began taking clay classes with Susan Alexander at the Clay Loft Studio in Palmyra. This interest in working with clay blossomed, prompting her and her husband Hugo to purchase a kiln, a plate roller and lots of clay and glazes. In 1999, Alexander and her husband began attending summer art fairs across the state of Wisconsin.
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His passion for watercolor led Alexander to take classes with Marilyn Keating at L’Atelier Art Studio in Janesville. She has participated in numerous watercolor workshops with other talented watercolor artists. Eventually, Alexander began teaching watercolor painting to others in Janesville and Whitewater.
Alexander’s interest in creating abstract art using acrylic and mixed media slowly developed. In 2015 she decided to focus on abstract painting. Her current work includes markers, textures and layers of paint, mixed media and sometimes collage.
Alexander has been a member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance since its inception and has been a member of the Janesville Art League for nearly 20 years. She has shown her paintings at various locations in southeastern Wisconsin and now primarily exhibits her art in Whitewater and Janesville. Locally, her art can be found at Book Teller in downtown Whitewater and Raven’s Wish in Janesville.
The other half of the exhibit is Enjoying Regenerative Play by Virginia Epps, who grew up in eastern Kansas.
Epps taught science to middle and high school students before leaving the school system to work on her fine arts. During her sabbatical, she completed her graduate degree in Fine Arts Design, 3D at the University of Kansas.
Epps returned to teaching science and fine arts in high school classrooms. At the same time, she took evening courses until she graduated with a doctorate in science education. In 1991, Epps accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in elementary and secondary science education.
After completing his career as a science educator in 2007, Epps retired and returned to exploring and enjoying the visual arts. Both as a science educator and as a visual artist/designer, Epps wanted to share the joy of encountering the world as a fascinating and aesthetic experience.
Epps has exhibited her work at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Wisconsin Regional Arts Association, the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, and the Whitewater Arts Alliance. She has also exhibited collage and color totems at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor and the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha.
The middle gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. There will also be a virtual exhibition. Visit www.whitewaterarts.org for more information.
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