BRAGII Coffee House & Wine Bar * Williams Bay, WI
Artists Show and Reception
Every month BRAGII will host artists from the Geneva Lake Art Foundation including am Artist’s Reception on the second or third Friday of the Month from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist/s. Free hors d’oeuvres will be served and $5 glasses of wine. Join us and help us to celebrate support your talented local artists!
Kim Alba and Donnette Behar, watercolor
featuring Contemporary Botanical Artists
Sandy Kessel, Kathy Walsh and Jeanne Dyer
Reception: Friday, March 9, 2018 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres &Coffee s Wine & Beer available
Sandy Kessel enjoyed a fulfilling career in nursing; Kathy Walsh has a rewarding career in education; Jeanne Dyer has a corporate marketing and communications career, but what they all have in common is their lifelong pursuit and love of art! Kessel, Walsh and Dyer present a beautifully fresh exhibit representing the Contemporary Botanical Art movement. The trio participates in the Botanical Art Classes at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s Gallery 223 on Friday mornings and all have paintings accepted in local and regional juried art exhibits.
Our portraits record the beauty we carefully observe in the detail of the plants in our world.
We hope you enjoy our work! ~ Sandy, Kathy and Jeanne
CONTEMPORARY BOTANICAL ART
Flowers, trees, leaves, plants, fruits and nuts, stalks, weeds, seed pods and roots found in all four seasons inspire and challenge contemporary botanical artists. Contemporary Botanical Art emphasizes detailed observation of the specimen as well as its overall impression blending the science of Botany with personal expression. The genre is rooted in global history and has seen a resurgence of interest in the past ten years. The renewed interest in botanic art may be attributed to a modern awareness of conservation which provides rich fodder to an artist’s imagination as they interpret the changing world. Historically, botanical paintings employ watercolor – a particularly challenging media. However, today’s artists use acrylic, oil and graphite to capture the beauty of the natural world.
Ken Cottingham, Lake Geneva MEDIUM: Oil
RECEPTION: Friday, January 16, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Trained the University of Illinois, the Chicago Museum of Art and Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich, Cottingham’s work has been exhibited at the West Allis Art Alliance Gallery, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Carroll College, the Geneva Lake Art Foundation Gallery, the Aislinge Gallery, and Roicettera Gallery and BRAGII in Williams Bay.
Cottingham has gained prominence as an art educator and is member of Oil Painters of America. He is inspired to paint and sculpt the beauty of natural and man-made landscapes and life forms; he hopes his work “communicates new and meaningful ways to view the world.”
Sharon Larson, Hebron, IL MEDIUM: Watercolor, Oil, Pastel
“…I draw on my life experiences with family, city and country life, animals and fox-hunting… I’ve always loved beauty in times, objects and ideas and try to capture these impressions in my paintings.”
Jeanne Hannula, Williams Bay, WI MEDIUM: Watercolor
An accomplished flutist, Jeanne sites her artistic inspiration from an enduring love of music, teaching, kayaking, gardening, family and travel.
Sarah McConnell, Lake Geneva, WI MEDIUM: Watercolor/Mixed Media
“Lake Geneva and art have always been intertwined in my life; my favorite aunt was an artist and it was during summers at the Lake that she taught me to look at the world through an artistic lens… While watercolor remains my primary expression, for the past two years I have been exploring mixed media with artist Pam Ring and enjoying the artistic freedom the media allows.”
BRAGII is truly excited to host monthly Artist’s in Residence and Artist Receptions from 5 – 7 p.m. on the Second Tuesday every month.
RECEPTION: Friday, January 12 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Free hors d’oeurves, cash bar.