There’s plenty of outdoor art to enjoy in Madison during the summer — for example, the botanical displays on State Street.
“Many of the same principles of creating artwork go into creating a composition with plants,” says Jeff Epping, director of horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, which provides the labor as well as many of the decorative streetscape plants. Olbrich staff designs the displays, which include colorful assortments of such seasonal favorites as zinnias, petunias, canna, sweet potato vines and lantana. Interns help maintain them.
During the summer, Milwaukee spills out onto the streets, filling sidewalks with bistro tables and hanging flowerpots, bringing biergartens and outdoor concerts to parks. But there’s plenty of activity in the area’s art scene to pull you indoors for a break from the sun’s rays.
This week’s Art Gaze selections prompt new ways of seeing through an extraordinary array of paintings, prints and photographs, and whimsical sculptural installations.
Madison’s Capitol Square and its environs play host the weekend of July 12 to the city’s two largest annual arts events. Both provide great opportunities for purchasing original art and supporting Wisconsin artists.
The works of two more local artists will be highlighted beginning July 11 by the James Watrous Gallery, located inside Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.
Madison sculptor Graham Yaeger and Sun Prairie photographer Tyler Robbins will share the gallery’s display space through Aug. 24 with two one-man shows.
Summer weather usually means a seasonal slowdown for indoor activities, but the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art continues to offer new exhibits, even as it gears up for Art Fair on the Square July 12–13.
The color palette is bright or muted, depending on the type of paper used. The perspective isn’t always accurate. The bird’s-eye landscape views are better imagined than observed.
‘Art Shay: Working’
For the second consecutive year, Latino and Latina artists are being sought to participate in a special exhibit at the Madison Public Library designed to launch Hispanic Heritage Month.
The exhibit, scheduled to be unveiled on Sept. 10, will launch the month celebrating Hispanic heritage, which runs Sept. 15–Oct. 15. The exhibit, designed to celebrate the richness of Dane County’s Hispanic culture, is sponsored by the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Madison Public Library, Centro Hispano and the Latino Professional Association.
The campus end of Madison’s State Street looks like the scene of an explosion right now, due to roadwork. But by the time autumn leaves fall, it will feature a new sculptural work of public art.
The Milwaukee Art Museum brass and architect Jim Shields have resolved their differences, and Shields is back as lead architect on the museum’s renovation/addition plans. On May 6, the museum released Shields’ revised plan, which would extend the 1975 Kahler annex eastward toward Lake Michigan.