‘Creative, Colorful, Edgy’ at UW-S

The Sheboygan community is invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery for the latest art exhibition Creative, Colorful and Edgy by artists Kay Jelinek, Evie Grasse and Patty Aker.

The exhibition is open through October 29, with a special art reception planned for Friday, October 21 from 5:30 – 8:00pm.

Primarily self-taught, Evie Grasse learned at a young age that she had the ability to create art in all media. Twenty-five years ago, she chose to Plein Air paint in watercolor with mentor James Michael, and has never looked back.

Traditional transparent watercolor works have become her passion due to the serenity it brings to her life and the pleasure it brings to others. Typical themes include the Great Lakes and state parks as well as Southwest deserts and Arizona mountains.

She has taken many workshops, with favorites, Bridget Austin, Joye Moon and Ratindra Das. Grasse is a member of Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Sheboygan Visual Artists “SVA”, Plymouth Art Center, Sun City Grand Art Club, Cedarburg Cultural Center and Rahr West Art Museum.

Kay Jelinek is both an art educator and artist. As art has been “so very important in my life,” Kay’s goal has been to “help educate and expose as many people to art as possible.”

Jelinek, who earned a master’s degree in Professional Development of Art from UW-Whitewater, spent most of her 30-year career in Janesville, teaching art classes to K-12 through adult. In addition to teaching, Kay notes that “creating art has always been one of my priorities.”

Her art “reflects the excitement of creating!” She “enjoys bringing forth the properties of the medium as I create abstracted subject matter based on many combined observations and feelings.”

While a resident of Janesville, she was active in the Janesville Art League and continues to be one of the curators of their over 100-year-old collection. After moving to Sheboygan eight years ago, Jelinek discovered the Sheboygan Visual Artists (SVA) and was excited to become one of the many artists working in the area.

A past-president of SVA, she is “proud to continue being a strong advocate for them and for all visual artists.”

Patty Acker grew up in England in the “swing 60’s,” which exposed her to “Mary Quant fashion, Twiggy, James Bond and the Beatles.”

Seduced by the “glamour of that era,” she pursued a more conventional path.

More recently, however, Acker was “able to explore the fiber arts that tried to lure me years ago,” she said. Her current work began when she was asked to create a baptismal banner for church. The painting on silk project took many months of trial and error, but was an experience “so wonderful and addictive that it spurned a cottage venture, Gaelic Sands.”

Various studio experiences and credit classes at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and UWSheboygan have enhanced her knowledge and interest.

Acker now teaches silk painting and batik at John Michael Kohler Art Center and also does instructional demonstrations and workshops in galleries and for community organizations.

All artworks in this exhibit will be on display through October 29. The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located inside the Fine Arts Building. For more information about the exhibition, please contact dan.smith@uwc.edu. For directions or more information about the campus, visit, www.sheboygan. uwc.edu


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