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Upcoming Exhibits JUL-AUG

Five New Artists Grace the Screens and Spaces of Madisons Central Library

The upcoming July through August exhibition cycle for the Madison Public Library, Central Branch, will see a wide range in style, medium, and artistic background; from ‘plein air’ paintings to video, and from abstract to ornamental.


The four new shows on the first, second, and third floors of the library will be up from July 4th to August 28th. Start on the first floor to experience two artists’ take on their environment. Chuck Bauer’s exhibit of en plein air paintings, works done “in the open air,” invites us into his experience of nature. We are transported to the site of the work as we walk from one environment to the next. Walking over to the video art screen, we experience a different environment all together. Christine Olson shows us her perspective on the human condition in works that activate the viewer in the space. Having shown in unconventional spaces across the globe, Olson’s unique view on an environment and its conventions gives new perspective to Bauer’s enveloped-in-the-environment paintings.


Once on the second floor, another pair of artists is shown together. Their exhibition, Willful Reflections of a Nurtured Soul, works to create a shared vision of evanescence. This pair consists of mother, Terri Connelly Cronk, and son, Alex Connelly. Cronk, working with pen, ink, watercolor, graphite, pastel, and colored pencil, relays her ideas regarding a constant state of flux through a developing abstract artistic style. Connelly’s photos capture moments in time that express an interest in form and abstraction. That fine line between the two is sought again and again, creating a series of various moments in which the element of chance is evident. Their ideas on change and the fleeting moment expressed through their differing styles work well to create a discourse within the collection that then carries over to the library and its visitors.


A meticulous understanding of medium and the viewer’s gaze coalesce to create works that hold a power over us that we don’t initially understand. In the Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery on the third floor, Sarupa Sidaarth’s paintings relate to social and political events and discussions through the appliqué of painterly embellishment. The sheer beauty of ornamentation holds our gaze intently. Sidaarth takes from source images of racism and sexual orientation bias to create these thought provoking works. In her latest series ‘Suspension’ she exposes the painful conventions of our society and explores the possibility of the new.


Stop by and see these powerful exhibits on opening night July 11th at 8pm. As part of the Central Library’s after-hours series Night Light, there will be live music on the third floor presented by A Discourse on Love. Mallory Shotwell, founder of the Madison based art project, has invited two local bands to perform: Cowboy Winter and The Flavor that Kills. A Discourse on Love has been holding events around Madison in their search to form “an artistic and philosophical discourse on love.” Join the discourse and experience the art on July 11th at the Madison Public Library, Central Branch.