Just announced: Featured artists named for Starving Artists’ Show
The seven featured artists for the 2019 Starving Artists’ Show demonstrate the scope of artistry at this event, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 on the grounds of Mount Mary University.
The artists’ specialties range from pottery to fiber art, glasswork, jewelry, painting and more. This year is the 50th annual show and features over 200 local and national artists. All artwork is original and priced for $100 or less.
This year’s featured artists include:
- Jackie Guttuso: Inspired by nature, art and children’s books, she creates colorful, textured collages with acrylic paint on watercolor paper or canvas.
- Mary Boettcher: Animals, birds and art history inspire Boettcher to paint colorful, whimsical pieces using watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic and graphic design.
- Phyllis Bankier: Capturing the essence of beauty of a moment in time, this photographer showcases the intricacies of flowers and food she finds in woodlands, prairies and gardens.
- Jean Wells: Her functional pottery is embellished with hand-drawn and carved graphics that include butterflies, sewing machines, flowers and the skyline of Milwaukee.
- Ilze Heider: Inspired by her customers’ love of her work, Heider creates leather handbags in different colors and sizes with a variety of ornaments and decorations.
- Robinson Scott: Capturing reflectivity, blending colors and projecting movement, Scott layers clear and colored glass to create vessels and sculptures.
- Kim Wilson: Inspired by textures in nature and geometric shapes, she designs jewelry that she calls “small, wearable sculptures” using silver, gold, and semi-precious stones.
The Starving Artists’ Show is sponsored by the Mount Mary Alumnae Association. Admission is $10, which is used to help support student scholarships. For more information, visit www.mtmary.edu/sas.
Phyllis Bankier captures "the essence of beauty of a moment in time.” In her photographs, she showcases the intricacies of flowers and food. When choosing her subject matter, she looks for bright, bold objects in woodlands, prairies, and gardens. Phyllis then uses negative space to help the viewer focus on specific details.
Jean Wells creates upbeat functional pottery to enhance the fun of eating. Her pieces are wheel-thrown and made from stoneware clay. She then hand draws and craves graphics through layers of colored slip. Her imagery often consists of butterflies, monkeys, robots, sewing machines, flowers, sugar skills, or the skyline of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago.
Jackie Guttuso’s favorite memory of the show is when a little girl asked for tomato art: “She made my day as her eyes lit up when I presented one to her. She walked out of my booth with a big smile, hugging her tomato print.” Jackie creates colorful, textured collages with acrylic paint on watercolor paper or canvas. She is inspired by nature, art, and children’s art and books.
Robinson Scott enjoys the process of creating. With each piece, he layers clear and colored glass to capture reflectivity, blend color, project movement, and display dimension. He also focuses on shape, balance, weight, and thickness. The majority of his inspiration comes from within the piece as he watches how the glass changes throughout the process
Kim Wilson designs pieces that she calls “small wearable sculptures.” These pieces are hand-fabricated out of silver, gold, and semi-precious stones. She treats the surface of each one with techniques, such as forging, roller printing, and patinas. Her inspiration comes from textures in nature, geometric shapes, and feelings.
Mary Boettcher creates fun, colorful, whimsical pieces using watercolor, gouache, ink, acrylic, and graphite. For her zentangle pieces, she begins by finding patterns that lend itself to the animal, then draws a pencil sketch, adds fine lines with a micropen, and finishes by applying color. Mary is inspired by animals, birds, art history, and famous artworks.
Ilze Heider loves creating hand bags and strives to make her bags beautiful and functional. All of her bags are made out of cowhide leather. They come in all sorts of different colors and sizes with a variety of ornaments and decorations. Her inspiration comes from watching how her customers respond as many have more than one.