Painter Jane Varda returns for the 2021 Spring Art Tour, June 4-6

Painter Jane Varda returns for the 2021 Spring Art Tour, June 4-6

Painter Jane Varda returns for the 2021 Spring Art Tour, June 4-6

Welcome Jane Varda back to the Spring Art Tour in 2021: Her 14th year!

That’s right, Varda has been with the Tour since it’s inception, in 2006. She writes: In addition to painting landscape outside, I work in my Town of Berry studio from photo-references and sketches, primarily in either oils or pastels. I also like painting still-life, choosing ordinary objects that relate to my daily world, but which transcend convention to become idiosyncratic in paint.

Jane Varda, artist with work
Jane Varda's oil painting, this painting of her artist's tools/medium was a demo painting

Jane Varda’s studio will be open for the Spring Art Tour!

She writes:I will set up a still-life, and be painting in oils and/or pastels throughout the 3-day tour. Find out more information about the artist, her work, and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Jane Varda, painting of fields and barn
Jane Varda's 'Amber Waves' oil
Jane Varda, Geometry and Blue Mounds, oil

Pamela Ruschman returns to the Driftless Area and joins the Tour for 2021

Pamela Ruschman returns to the Driftless Area and joins the Tour for 2021

Pamela Ruschman returns to the Driftless Area and joins the Tour for 2021

Please welcome painter Pamela Ruschman to the Spring Art Tour for 2021!

Pamela is best known for her bold and vibrant oil portraits of barnyard animals including cows, roosters and sheep. Collectors say her paintings capture the personality of these furry and feathered friends.

Portrait of artist Pamela Ruschman
Pamela Ruschman, 'Shadowlands' oil on linen

Shadowlands, Pamela Ruschman, oil on linen

Though Ruschman grew up here in the Driftless,

she’s only recently returned to the area, so we are thrilled to have her back and that she is on the Tour for 2021! On her blog she writes:

Green County (WI) is where I was born and raised. After more than 30 years living in the Milwaukee area, our family decided to move back to the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Even though I have traveled back and forth countless times over these 30 years, it’s as if I’m seeing an old friend again. Now is my time to explore and rediscover the land that is home. See a preview, get tour information and more at Pamela’s Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Pamela Ruschman, 'Daybreak' oil
Pamela Ruschman, 'Buffalo Baby' oil
Pamela Ruschman, 'ValleyView' oil
Please welcome Judy Robb to the 2021 Spring Art Tour

Please welcome Judy Robb to the 2021 Spring Art Tour

Please welcome Judy Robb to the 2021 Spring Art Tour

Please welcome Judy Robb to her first year on the Tour!

“Landscapes, woodlands, fauna, flora, people past and present and in dreams, I create, paint and make things on a whim or an idea I have pondered. I am and always will be a life-time seeker of curiosities.”
Artist Judy Robb with her work

A terrific “Tom Ray” Art Podcast about Robb’s life and art:

See Judy Robb’s work

during this year’s Spring Art Tour, June 4-6. Meanwhile, see a preview, get tour information and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Judy Robb, 'The Seekers, Two Foxes', Oil on Linen

Judy Robb, Blue Jay Study 1, oil
Judy Robb, 'Oriole and Orange,' oil
Painter, Pamela Grabber joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

Painter, Pamela Grabber joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

Painter, Pamela Grabber joins the Spring Art Tour for 2021

Please welcome Pamela Grabber to her first year on the Tour!

“Whether it’s vegetables and flowers grown in my garden, familiar domestic objects, or landscapes I visit, my personal connection to those things is what inspires me. I’m especially interested in capturing my place in time through the medium of paint as I explore the timeless images of garden, beach, forest, field, or sunset…”

Pamela Grabber at work

Grabber has been painting full-time since 2017. Here is The West Glories,  from her website, below. You’ll be able to see her work in person this June 4-6 at the Spring Art Tour!

Pamela Grabber, 'The West Glories', oil on panel

The West Glories, oil on panel, by Pamela Grabber

See Pamela Grabber’s work

during this year’s Spring Art Tour, June 4-6. Meanwhile, see a preview, get tour information and more at her Spring Art Tour Artist page!

Pamela Grabber, Oil on Panel, 'His Mercy is More'
Pamela Grabber Oil on Panel, 'Scott's Spot'
Pamela Grabber watercolor, Lilies Phlox

Chuck Bauer back for Spring Art Tour 2021

Chuck Bauer back for Spring Art Tour 2021

Chuck Bauer back for Spring Art Tour 2021

Chuck Bauer Back for Spring Art Tour 2021!

This is Bauer’s 4th year on the Tour—Welcome back, Chuck! Recently, he wrote:

At the moment I am interested in the emotion that might be called domestic nostalgia. As I approach the middle of my eighth decade I hope to continue growing as an artist, technically of course, but also creatively, expressively, and compassionately.
–Chuck Bauer

Chuck also recently wrote a wonderful article What I learned from 50 years on State Street in WSJ. What a great trip down memory lane to Downtown Madison.

More from Memory Lane…

Used to drive to Milwaukee once a week in 1984 for life drawing with this all male group, Men’s Sketch Club, that dated its founding from the 1930’s, together with most of the members!

Membership card for Men’s Sketch Club – Milwaukee

Chuck Bauer, membership card for Men's Sketch Club-Milwaukee

Now Showing in Scheduled Group Exhibitions:

W.R.A.P. (Wisconsin Regional Arts Program Competition & Exhibit)
– Monroe, Wisconsin.
3/12/21 – 4/17/21
Monroe Arts Center,
Monroe, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Spring Exhibition 2021
Little Gems, Big Impact
1/15/2021 – 5/9/2021
Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

Chuck Bauer painting, Allen Centennial Gardens on UW Campus

Finished March 18, 2021

Allen Centennial Gardens on UW Campus
oil over acrylic on panel
10 x 14 inches
ctbauer.com

See more of Chuck’s work on his Spring Art Tour Artist’s page!

'Cannas in Blanchardville, Wisconsin' oil painting by Chuck Bauer
Chuck Bauer, 'Portage, Wisconsin,' oil painting
'Craig's House' oil painting by Chuck Bauer

Hello Spring. Hello Spring Art Tour.

Hello Spring. Hello Spring Art Tour.

Hello Spring. Hello Spring Art Tour.

June 4, 2021: the Tour returns!

It’s a new year, and after taking a hiatus in 2020 during the height of the pandemic, the Spring Art Tour is back for 2021, June 4-6! Well, 29 of us that is, in slightly different studio spaces—some of us might be outside of our studios, in tents, garages, or barns… We will be wearing and requiring masks to be worn inside our studios. More info can be found at our Spring Art Tour page.

outside wall of Market Weight Press, the studio of S.V. Medaris

Zuzu on guard outside Market Weight Press during the height of the Pandemic, 2020

In 2006

…the first group of artists met at Zalucha Studio to make a plan and determine how to proceed. They included Peggy Flora Zalucha, and several artists who are still on the Spring Art Tour to this day: Tamlyn Akins, Jane Varda, and Mikel Kelley.

As Tamlyn explains: “We tried to join the Fall Art Tour initially but were declined because they felt they couldn’t expand their tour area. At that point we decided to create our own tour. We discussed the desire to create a high quality tour with the intention to have a Selection Committee who would be responsible for maintaining a high standard. We discussed in depth how the tour should be coordinated, conducted, and when it should take place. We also decided to create a non-profit arts organization so that we would be eligible for grants.”

Peggy Flora Zalucha's 'Ready to Roll,' watercolor and ink

Peggy Flora Zalucha

Opulent Orchids, watercolor by Tamlyn Akins

Tamlyn Akins

Jane Varda's 'Amber Waves' oil

Jane Varda

Kelley Mikel, ceramic green mug

Mikel Kelley

It would be a lot of work.

Needing to take it to the next level, Peggy and Tamlyn, working with an attorney and CPA to get all their legal ducks in a row, created the organization legally, filed for non-profit status and all of the necessary IRS and WI Dept. of Revenue documents. It took them almost a full year. Because they didn’t yet have their 501(C)3 status during the 2007 tour, they filed for grants under the non-profit umbrella of the WVA. Peggy, who had served on the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission/Dane Arts and knew a lot about grant writing, coached Tamlyn through the process. To this day, Tamlyn is responsible for all of the grant writing for our organization. She continues to secure grants for the Spring Art Tour, and the MHAAA—necessary financial support without which our nonprofit would not exist.

From 2007-2020, up until last year, when a new Board of Directors was formed, Tamlyn was responsible for designing the Spring Art Tour brochure, the website, writing grants, and helping in just about every aspect of the Tour (whew!), pushing to make the Spring Art Tour the professional, successful, popular event it is today, attended by hundreds every year.

Spring Art Tour brochure from 2020 (which was subsequently cancelled due to Covid)

With many thanks…

As the new Board of Directors works to ensure the Spring Art Tour is a continued success, we recognize the herculean effort, work and time Tamlyn put into the Spring Art Tour these past years, and we are grateful for her continued work as grant writer and co-chair of the Spring Art Tour to this day. From all of us at MHAAA: Thank you for all that you do, Tamlyn!

The Spring Art Tour: This project is supported by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.