An assortment of artistic mediums and styles are represented in Sauk Prairie’s River Arts, Inc.’s 2nd Biennial “Wings & Water” juried exhibition.

Last year, Sauk Prairie’s River Arts, Inc. put out a call for submission of 2D and 3D artistic interpretations of wings and/or water. Hundreds of entries were received from across the nation. Works of art from 22 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, were selected and are on display at the River Arts Center Gallery, 105 9th St., Prairie du Sac.

During the March 17 opening reception, juror Marla Brenner announced the Best of Show was awarded to John Miller, of Madison, for his acrylic on panel piece, “The Tumult.” Brenner also awarded 2nd place to Sharon Wright, of Elgin, Illinois, for her mixed media fiber creation, “Rusted Away.” Three artists received honorable mentions: “Big Oak above Georgia Line,” a photograph by John Gheesling of Tallahassee, Florida; “Flight,” a monotype by Pamela Lawson of Harvard, Massachusetts.; and “Migration,” a monoprint by John Fansmith of Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania.

Wisconsin is well represented by 17 of the 49 artists in the “Wings & Water” exhibit:

  • Gwyned Trefethen of Appleton, fiber art, “Reflection;”
  • Nancy Giffey of Arena, acrylic on canvas, “Solace” and “Wings and Water;”
  • Nancy Bruins of Black Earth, woven basket, “Hidden Pool (Cenote);”
  • Sally Berner of Green Bay, oil on canvas, “Snack Attack;”
  • Kelli Connell of Kenosha, graphite pencil, “Cygne de Hyde Park;”
  • Georgia Weithe of Lone Rock, sterling silver, brass, beads, necklace, “Falcon Protection;”
  • John Kalson of Madison, archival digital print, “Morning on the River YNP;”
  • John Miller of Madison, cut paper, glue, mixed media, “Hooded Merganser;” screen print, “The Spillway;”
  • Elizabeth Younce of Madison, lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, chine colle, “To the Autopsy’s Surprise;” lithograph, “Untitled;”
  • Michael Knapstein of Middleton, archival pigment print photo, “Sandhill Crane Dance;”
  • Sara Risley of Milwaukee, photography based on digital image, “Three Rivers;”
  • Terry Fischer of Muskego, watercolor, “Flyaway,” “Great Blue Heron;”
  • Crystal Cudworth of Sauk City, oil on canvas, “Blackbird;”
  • Kim Russell of Spring Green, ink and acrylic on archival board, “Food for the Gods;”
  • Vicky Lilla of Spring Green, watercolor on paper, “May Flies By;”
  • John McGee of Sun Prairie, colored pencil, “Sketchbook Rank and File;”
  • Pat Kroth of Verona, fiber, contemporary art quilt, “Ebbtide.”

“After we hosted the first ‘Wings & Water’ exhibit in 2014, we knew we were onto something big,” Lindsey Juarez, Executive Director of River Arts Inc. said in the exhibit’s press release. “The quality and variety of art was impressive to say the least. Our committee immediately decided to make this a biennial event based on the overwhelming positive response by gallery patrons.”

— Robyn Norton

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the last name of artist Nancy Bruins.]

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Robyn Norton is a features assistant for the Wisconsin State Journal.