The Hatch Art House featured artist for April is paper mache sculpture, Steve Wirtz. Titled: “TAXidermy” in honor of the dreaded tax due date, April 15th, Steve has created trophy like, paper mache animal sculptures using old tax forms. In Steve’s words: “Finishing my taxes for the year is like landing a big fish, or bagging a big game trophy. It’s an accomplishment. They say nothing is certain except death and taxes. Well, I say all I know is life and taxes, because no animals were harmed in the making of this exhibit. I hope you enjoy it, and many happy returns.”
The artist reception will be Friday, April 11th 6-9pm and the exhibit will run from April 1st to April 30th.
Check out the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396832730592168/?source=1
It seems that there are a lot of ‘art happenings’ this weekend! Starting with Friday the 13th here at Hatch! 6-9 is the artist reception for photographer Jeremy Sailing. We’ll have ice cold beer and a special summery cocktail available for you.
“Wigs” black and white photograph; Jeremy Sailing.
Bourbon Street by Jeremy Sailing.
Next up for the weekend; Art Fair Off the Square, Saturday the 14th 9-6 and Sunday the 15th 10-5. Hatch artist, Steve Wirtz have been selected (Yes, he’s THAT good…) to be their FEATURED ARTIST! Steve makes fun-filled paper mache sculptures (think whimsical animals) and also large wire sculptures. (Look up next time you’re in the shop.) The main thing to remember about this show is that it showcases Wisconsin based artists only. What?! So does HATCH! 🙂 http://www.artcraftwis.org/afos.html
Art Fair OFF the Square, Steve Wirtz; Featured Artist
Also this Saturday and Sunday we have Art Fair ON the Square. This year I have been chosen as one of the four jurors for this ENORMOUS art fair. Of course, we’ve already completed the task of narrowing down about 1600 applicants to 450 or so. Saturday we will be judging the artists up close and personal for artist awards including “Best of Show”! Funny thing…I haven’t received any fruit baskets yet;) Kidding. Really… This show is filled with amazing talent from around the country. http://www.mmoca.org/events/artfair/Artists.php
Father’s Day is this Sunday… so it’s time for a few ideas for your pop!
Is Dad a comic book lover? Retro comic book table- made by Beth Heeney of Green Cricket Salvage.
“More Cow Bell!” How can your Dad not love this paper mache sculpture created by Steve Wirtz?!
Maybe an original painting of his favorite watering hole? “Mickey’s Tavern” painting by Lynn Lee.
Is Dad a bike enthusiast? These hand printed t-shirts made by Rosy Hawbaker of Recreative Crafts are perfect!
Let Dad show his Wisconsin pride with a ceramic trinket dish perfect for his keys or pocket change. Made by Potter Jenny Blasen.
The Hatch Art House April featured artist is Steve Wirtz. His work will be showcased all month long with an opening reception Friday, April 13th from 6-9pm. Refreshments will be served. http://www.facebook.com/events/185085614942215/
Steve Wirtz is an award-winning papier mache’ sculptor. He often creates sculptures that have humorous themes. Steve creates his sculptures in his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based studio.
In Steve’s words; “I guess I’ve always had a fear of being boring; and stepping on something icky while wading barefoot. The medium I work in alleviates my first fear. My art explores the second. My current sculptures are the result of 20 years of experience with laminated paper (a form of papier mache’) techniques. It gives me great reward to make people laugh. When a collector tells me how they smile every time they look at their Wirtz original, I realize what keeps me going, and why I keep taking my shoes off before stepping in the creek.”
"Perceptions" Hand Embroidery by Sarah Hemm $200
Close up of "The Deep".$185. A diorama made by Beth Heeney of Green Cricket Salvage. Perfect for fans of the movie "Jaws"!
Fun and festive fleece holiday tree, ($350- Julia Kemerer) No more needles to clean up!
Packer fans will love the loveable "Green and Golden" paper mache sculpture ($150) created by Steve Wirtz
Tentacle wrestling? Who do you think will win?! Tentacle Aliens by Purplemoon Fibers $50 each.
Happy Holidays everyone!