Museum features Plymouth painter


Paula Swaydan Grebel’s study of Francois Boucher’s “Venus Consoling Love,” a work in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, results in an abstracted arrangement of colors and forms in an acrylic panel, 8 inches by 8 inches. Paula Swaydan Grebel’s study of Francois Boucher’s “Venus Consoling Love,” a work in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, results in an abstracted arrangement of colors and forms in an acrylic panel, 8 inches by 8 inches. Two new painting exhibitions in Cedarburg have tie-ins with the community’s popular June Plein Air festival. While artists are doing plein air painting all around Ozaukee County in early to mid-June, the Cedarburg Art Museum is showcasing an historic artist who painted outdoors, and a contemporary artist who won the Best of Show Cedarburg Plein Air Event in 2005.

“Plein air paintings of Richard Lorenz” and Plymouth painter “Paula Swaydan Grebel: A Timeless Dialogue” are open to the public June 8 through August 28. The public is welcome to attend an opening party on Friday, June 10, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the museum.

The spontaneous and direct outdoor paintings in the Lorenz exhibition form a collection that is on loan to the museum by a private Wisconsin collector. These studies provided the basis for some of Lorenz’s largescale studio paintings of Western subjects which achieved national attention similar to those of Frederic Remington.

In “A Timeless Dialogue,” Paula Swaydan Grebel’s new artistic explorations involve studying and adapting renderings of figures in the landscape by master artists.

Earlier artists such as Watteau, Boucher, Fragonard, Degas, and others provide ample subject matter for Grebel as she explores abstractions in acrylic or refines tonality and hues of subjects in oil paint.

Interplay between historic paintings and the artist’s current compositions and explorations create “A Timeless Dialogue.”

While Paula Swaydan Grebel has a fine repertoire of plein air landscapes and still life paintings to her credit, the artist is returning to her earliest roots with her love of art history and inspiration from an early mentor, the late John Lincoln.

Lincoln, a former professor at California State University at Long Beach, encouraged the study of old masters’ works for their treatment of visual space, composition, depth, interaction of figures, and more.

While Swaydan Grebel had done small studies from masterworks in recent years, this Cedarburg Art Museum exhibition spurred the artist to investigate more thoroughly the way that figures can interact and define space on a two-dimensional painting surface.

The acts of experimentation and exploration are important for this artist as she creates a sense of mystery and intrigue in each work. Paula Swaydan Grebel is also represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.

A sculpture exhibition in the museum’s outdoor space featuring large-scale works in aluminum and steel by Lake Geneva artist Curtis Archer opens at the same time. Archer’s “Metal in Motion” exhibition is generously sponsored by MH Consulting Partners, LLC.

At the June 10 reception at the museum, Paula Swaydan Grebel will speak about her work, guest curator Tom Lidtke will talk about the Lorenz exhibition, and sculptor Curtis Archer will give a tour of his work at 5:40, 6:00 and 6:30 p.m.

The Cedarburg Art Museum is located in the historic Wittenberg- Jochem mansion at W63 N675 Washington Avenue.

Regular museum hours for the two painting exhibitions are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday noon - 4 pm.

The “Metal in Motion” exhibition by Curtis Archer in the museum’s outdoor space is accessible in daylight hours any day.


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