‘Pen and Paintbrush’ exhibit opens Friday at UW-S gallery

The University of Wisconsin- Sheboygan invites the community to visit the campus for the latest Fine Arts Gallery art exhibition, Pen and Paintbrush by local Sheboygan artist, Jean Tobin.

A special opening reception is planned for Friday, June 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show runs through June 27.

Co-founder of Glacial Lakes Conservancy and Professor Emerita of English with the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Dr. Jean Tobin has published numerous articles, reviews, and poems, as well as two books: Creativity and the Poetic Mind (Lang, 2004) and, with Ruth Saxton, Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold (St. Martin’s 1994; MacMillan, 1994).

Dan Smith, Director at the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery asked Jean to comment on her artwork for the upcoming show.

“Here, I am working small: most of the watercolors are quarter-sheets, she said. “I’m working wet onto dry, putting wet paint onto dry paper, and my latest subject matter comes from travels to England, France, and Germany--landscapes and cityscapes, special and very real places, recognizable. The boundaries are many and laid down first, in ink.

“The result, I think, is somewhat stylized, somewhat detailed, a bit poster-like in a late 19th century French fashion, a bit Japanese at times. I enjoy these watercolors. The tree series came first, the series from European places came next. There are other paintings in the show: realistic glass, two large abstracts, a small floral, a landscape or two, painted before I began the two series. All the paintings in “Pen and Paintbrush” are shown here for the first time.”

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