Fall 2019 Art Exhibits at UW Health

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Mandy Kron

Art Coordinator


A number of UW Health patient care locations feature rotating art exhibits that contribute to the healing environment we want to provide for our patients and their friends and families.


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The following exhibits are on display throughout October:


Cody Spurlock


Cody Spurlock holding Forest Lodge Library Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Atrium Way near Atrium Elevators
600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Aug. 7-Oct. 24

Website: https://seemyart.us/cody-s-gallery/

Image: Cody Spurlock holding Forest Lodge Library


Cody is a young man living with his family on the shores of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior. Cody was diagnosed at age 5 with autism and has had challenges with verbal communication throughout his life. Cody excels in expressing himself visually, and he is sharing a collection of his work from age 10 on. Cody began drawing every train imaginable as a young boy. Now he takes joy in painting many subjects, guided by his artist and mentor, Sara Balbin, founder of See My Art, Inc. (SMART), located in Cable, Wis.











Traditional Indian Art by Poonam Rao


Mandala, by Poonam Rao Where: UW Health at the American Center, 2nd Floor, American Bistro

4602 Eastpark Blvd.

Madison, WI 53718

When: July 26-Oct. 29

Image: Mandala, by Poonam Rao

Website: www.facebook.com/Celebrationsartstudio


This art exhibit by Poonam Rao celebrates a few art forms of India. Rao was introduced to learning art at an early age and continued to hone Indian tribal forms of paintings. She works with different materials like ceramics, pottery, acrylics, oils and mixed media. Rao is a local teaching artist.


The brown and white earthy dual toned paintings called Warli tribal art depict the typical village life and reverence to all forms of life. The mandala series composed of concentric circles, spirals and lines are inspired by the traditional art of henna tattoos as well as raangoli (ra-an-go-li) which are design patterns created with coloured sand at the entrance of homes. In some families this is a daily tradition and elaborate designs are reserved for festivals. Typically made of bright colored backgrounds in primary and secondary colors, the series has been adapted to suit both neutral and ethnic home decor themes.


"I hope you enjoy the exhibit. It is very fulfilling to hear viewer feedback. Please let me know your thoughts at celebrationsartstudio@gmail.com" - Poonam Rao




Positive Outcomes:
Abstract Paintings by Frank Matin Lawrence


Lake Reflecting Sky, by Frank Matin Lawrence Where: Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing, Enroth Hall

701 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53705

When: Aug. 1-Oct. 27

Website: frankmatinlawrence.com

Image: Lake Reflecting Sky, by Frank Matin Lawrence


Acrylic paintings by Frank Matin Lawrence, a retired nurse dealing with PTSD.















Watercolors by Jan Boelte


A Walk in the Woods, by Jan Boelte Where: University Hospital Main Entrance

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Oct. 6-Nov. 1

Website: madisonwatercolorsociety.org/

Image: A Walk in the Woods, by Jan Boelte


"Madison is my hometown, but we now reside in Columbus. I have been an artist all of my life. Luckily I have been able to pursue my passion and develop my skills in the medium of watercolor.


"I have painted many subjects but have always been happiest when painting the beautiful landscapes of Wisconsin. This show features many of the prints that have been made from original paintings. They have been sold in galleries but this is the first time they have been shown in a collection together. There are 32 prints in this show, all having subject matter that reflects the beauty found in our state. I hope you enjoy the show!" - Jan Boelte




















Paintings by Tracy Wiklund


Dad's Boat, by Tracy Wiklund Where: University Hospital G5/1 Corridor

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Oct. 2-28

Website: wiklundart.blogspot.com

Image: Dad's Boat, by Tracy Wiklund


Color, shadow, and diagonals are important elements in Tracy Wiklund's artwork. Using traditional oils on canvas and wood panels, she recreates places and objects that are dear to her.


Wiklund's paintings are regularly juried into local, Midwestern, and national exhibitions. She is a member of the South-Central chapter of Wisconsin Visual Artists, participates annually in the Hardy Gallery's Community Mosaic Project, and has served as coordinator for Madison's Wisconsin Regional Artist Program.


In 2011, an exhibit featuring students from a UW Continuing Studies painting class motivated Wiklund to dust off her paintbrushes. She now finds time to paint, stretch canvas, make frames and take art classes.

















Photography and Drawings by Melissa Enderle


Gaygeum Player in Teal Hanbok, by Melissa Enderle Where: University Hospital J5/1 Corridor

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Oct. 1-28

Website: http://www.melissaenderle.com

Image: Gaygeum Player in Teal Hanbok, by Melissa Enderle


"Following an art education trip to the culturally rich region of Oaxaca, Mexico, I decided to combine my love of traveling and teaching and pursue a career in International Education.


"While living abroad for seventeen years in Mali, Tunisia, Serbia, India, South Korea, and China, I have embraced opportunities to become familiar with the people and their traditions in these and many other countries.


"I seek to document and preserve enduring images of traditional life through art, photography, online travelogues, and video footage. I am particularly attracted to traditional clothing and jewelry, aware that these are important details that reveal their villages or ethnic identities.


"Elderly people are a notable favorite, as their worn faces beg a story to be told. While with the person, I focus on emotive qualities and establishing a connection. In my paintings, these details are carefully portrayed and often elicit memories in people familiar with these regions. With such a vastly expanded global audience, my images and documentation can now help educate others and put a real and personal face on these countries.


"My focus of attention is on getting the eyes just right, as they reveal so much about a person and are the windows to the soul. I try to communicate the thoughts and feelings of the individual, leaving room for the observer to join in our 'conversation.'


"After choosing the subject from my collection of digital photos and recalling attached experiences, I then decide on the appropriate media. Color pencils on toned paper works well for depicting fine details; oil pastels for bold colors; soft pastels for achieving dramatic, smooth textures. I limit my watercolor materials to a small palette of colors and two brushes. By patiently layering colors, no matter what the medium, I achieve a translucency that reveals interplay of light and shadows. My artwork is a harmonious blend of a meticulous attention to detail and spontaneity.


"I feel compelled to document and preserve these images of traditional life before they are gone. They are a record of unique cultures that should not be forgotten. The simple dignity of these people's lives, the values they place on family, community, hard work, honesty and respect should motivate us to reassess our own values." - Melissa Enderle




Photography by Greg Dixon


Capitol in Color, by Greg Dixon Where: University Hospital C5/2 Surgical Waiting Area

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Oct. 6-Nov. 1

Website: http://gregdixonphoto.com

Image: Capitol in Color, by Greg Dixon


Greg grew up in the mountains of Montana and Arizona, and his photos from Yellowstone and other national parks are featured in this exhibition at University Hospital. Greg's photos feature waterfalls and hot springs; elk, bison and grizzly bears; and cranes and other birds as they migrate through Wisconsin and Yellowstone. As a freelance photographer, Greg's sports and fashion photos appear in the Wisconsin State Journal, in university publications throughout the United States, and in magazines as far away as Australia.







Bags by Directive


Bag by Jess Goehner Where: University Hospital Display Cases

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Oct. 4-Nov. 1

Website: https://www.directivemade.com

Image: Bag by Jess Goehner


Directive is a one-woman leatherworking business located in the former heartland of the leather industry, Milwaukee. Taking her background in fine art in a different direction, owner and maker, Jess Goehner, taught herself bag design starting in 2012.


Being self taught, each design is rooted in the simplicity of the materials-allowing the shape and minimalist solid brass hardware to define her style. Each Directive product is made from raw materials, Jess's two hands, and one basic sewing machine.


Directive products strive to be beloved, unique basics for a lifetime. Made of top grain, heavier leathers, the bags become softer and more unique to each owner with time. Lined bags (as noted) use heavy weight natural canvas for interior visibility.


Strap edges are hand painted and burnished with wax for longevity and a more polished look. All bags are made with solid brass hardware made in the USA. Hand made heavy duty zippers withstand repeat handling and safely enclose personal items.


Rai, the resident hound dog, oversees all naps and treat giving.




Mosaics by Jill Cori Lippert


Laundry Day, by Jillian Lippert Where: University Hospital J3/1 Corridor

600 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792

When: Sept. 20-Jan. 1

Website: www.jilliansjazz.com

Image: Laundry Day, by Jillian Lippert


"I am a glass artist specializing in mosaics. I also work with fused glass.


"My passion is three-dimensional mosaics. Mosaics are like making a jigsaw puzzle but you must create all your own pieces first. All my creations are made with hand cut stained glass. I incorporate 3-D elements and the feeling of movement and depth in my mosaics whenever possible. My work is frequently described as whimsical.


"My work has included thousands of pieces of glass. Laying out a mosaic takes hours or even days. The entire creation process is about 1 month for most mosaics. My art is 'green,' using recycled/found items as a base or as part of the elements. I find focal pieces that speak to me, then create a mosaic around them, which makes each piece unique.


"I frequently create commissioned pieces. My customers include Epic Systems and Wollersheim Winery, as well as many individuals." - Jill Coori Lippert

Date Published: 10/14/2019

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