A Door County Renaissance
Craig Blietz at the Wilson Center
His traveling exhibition, “Yard: The Art of Craig Blietz,” is now on display at Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Blietz’s familiar Holsteins, goats and swine wander his linen or muslin canvases surrounded by evocative backgrounds.
Each animal radiates dignity and the patterned beauty of the subject matter is carefully observed through light and shadow, which frequently blurs into abstraction. The creatures can sometimes assume the level of Renaissance portraiture, revealing personality.
Through Feb. 23, the Wilson Center’s exceptional exhibition presents some 24 new paintings, including several of monumental scale. Blietz will be on hand for the opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available for purchase at the Wilson Center. Email the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for the opening reception.
“Toby Kaufmann-Buhler: Hidden States and Trent Miller: Spindrift and Tether”
James Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St., 3rd Floor, Madison
Madison’s James Watrous Gallery pairs Toby Kaufmann-Buhler’s video and sound installations with Trent Miller’s charcoal drawings and paintings. These side-by-side exhibitions open Friday, Jan. 11 with a reception held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
“Kevin Giese: Winter Chapel (4)”
Portrait Society Gallery
207 E. Buffalo St., 5th Floor
Portrait Society Gallery presents the latest edition of its annual meditative exhibition “Winter Chapel.” This year’s artist, Milwaukee’s Kevin Giese, will use natural materials gathered from the wild and traditional wood joining techniques to build a chapel. The exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 18.