SVA hosts double feature

Two shows will open at the Sheboygan Visual Artists’ June Final Friday reception: “Photos 15” and “The Human Aspect.”

The reception, free and open to the public, will be held at EBCO ArtWorks on 1201 Erie Avenue from 6-10 pm on June 26. There will be a cash bar and complimentary snacks will be served. The two exhibitions will remain up and open to the public through mid-August.

“Photo 15” will be held in the Main Gallery at EBCO ArtWorks. Featured artists will be well-known photographers Keary Kautzer, Ray Moody, and Dennis Nimmer. Three new members of SVA-- Shirley Jansen, Emily Moore, and Amanda Wakefield--will also show their photographs, as will three established members: Lisa Lehmann, Sharon Abel, and Pat Ryan. Lehmann has recently published an admired book of photographs, Lake Michigan: The Wisconsin Shore.

A collection of old cameras, from an old Century 21 to a Leica, will be on display in the Main Gallery and slide shows will be running throughout the evening.

“The Human Aspect,” shown in the Art Factory gallery, will include sketches, drawings, and paintings from a group of artists who meet regularly on Monday nights at EBCO ArtWorks to practice life drawing from clothed and nude models.

Richard Biemann, who facilitates the open sessions, hopes the show will encourage other local artists to attend the Monday night drawing sessions. Peg Haubert, who will be showing her sketches in charcoal and in oil pastel, concurs that practice is valuable. “When I moved to Sheboygan five years ago,” she said, “I was . . . pleased to learn that an affordable opportunity to continue [my] ‘Life Drawing’ practice existed here in town at EBCO Art- Works.” She noted that for “nearly every visual art discipline,” the routine of drawing from live models is “essential for the continued strengthening of hand-eye coordination” and that “it is important to learn to see light and to understand values and tones created by light.”

Agata Augustine, whose colorful paintings of figures on large pieces of cardboard will be among the works shown in “The Human Aspect,” noted the importance of life drawing throughout the history of art, asserting, “A figure is one of the most complex subjects.” She explained further, “Capturing the complexity of the human form on canvas or paper is extremely hard, but even harder is creating a piece of art evoking a model’s personality, mood, or simply soul. . . . That is my challenge as an artist.”

Among the artists showing In “The Human Aspect,” in addition to Beimann, Haubert, and Augustine, are Andy Brill, Jay Parsons, Mike McCabe, Russ Swindt, Dale Knaak, Guy Jones, Roberta Krueger, Jean Tobin, and Renjie Zhou.

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