Current Exhibitions


2015 Annual Members Show

September 4 – October 3, 2015

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Opening Reception

Friday, September 4, 5–9 pm

Special Reception & Artist Talks

September 10, 6–9 pm – Artist Talk hosted by artist, educator, writer Kat Minerath.
September 24, 6–9 pm – Lessons on Artist Entrepreneurship, with artists Pamela Anderson and Melissa Dorn Richards, co-owners of Material Studios + Gallery.


It’s time for one of the best celebrations of art and local talent at WPCA all year!

Join us as we unveil this year’s members show on Friday, September 4. The Annual Members Show is non-juried and dedicated to showcasing the artwork of our vastly talented artist members. Over 200 pieces in a wide range of media are presented salon-style throughout the gallery, creating an exuberant display of color, texture, form and flow. The style of the artwork varies as much as the medium.

The opening reception in itself is a creative salon. Art lovers and exhibiting artists, budding and esteemed, gather to converse, connect and share creative ideas and techniques. For many artists, WPCA’s Annual Members Show has become a tradition and one their favorites to show artwork. Art collectors and those who are looking for original artwork to brighten and add character to their space will find artwork in a various price range, from the cost of lunch to a vacation.

2015-16 Featured Members Artists. Each year, a juror selects four outstanding artists based on their artwork in the Annual Members Show – each awarded a solo Featured Member Exhibition. Each exhibition opens on Gallery Night and runs for approximately 10 weeks. We are honored to have artists and educator Josie Osborne as this year’s juror. The four artists selected will be announced during the opening reception on September 4. The 2014-15 Featured Member Artists were Gary John Gresl, Kevin Giese, Nova Czarnecki and Kevin Wrencher.

Audience Favorite. Gallery attendees are welcome to vote for their single favorite piece of artwork in the Annual Members Show. The audience favorite will win a prize package that includes memberships and gift certificates. Additionally, one voter will be randomly drawn to receive prizes as well.


Featured Member Exhibition: Kevin Wrencher

July 24 – October 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Summer Gallery Night – Friday, July 24, 5–9 pm

We are honored to present our last (most certainly not least) 20142015 Featured Member Exhibition featuring artist Kevin Wrencher. Join us for the unveiling of his new work from “A Story of A Shadow Boy” series, which explores self-identity and self-realization using mixed media of intaglio, fabric, paint and scratching.
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ARTIST BIO
Born in Chicago, IL, Kevin Wrencher considers himself an interdisciplinary emerging printmaker and writer. Wrencher is currently in his senior  year of study at Milwaukee institute of Art & Design, where he also has an emphasis in design and advertising, with addition to his major in Integrated Studio Arts.

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Kevin Wrencher’s one of two entries in last year’s Annual Member Show, where he was awarded a Featured Member Exhibition.

ARTIST STATEMENT
Seen.
Yet ignored
Shadowless shadow.
Yet a person.
Exist, to exist
Who is he?
“Living within his shadow.”
I say.
“Jealousy?”
“Envy?”
You said.
“Overshadowed with your words.”
I say.
“I have them!”
“I have them!”
“Talents!”
I scream.
The opportunity.
To exist.
“Allow me to shine!”
I scream.
Allow me.
To be me.
“Allow him to be him.”
I say quietly
Unshadow.
Shadowboy.
“I will not!”
You screamed forward
And I said nothing back…

The creation of A Story of A Shadow Boy series contextualizes who we are as individuals and if we are truly ourselves, and also the process of realizing  that we are not who we are, but that we’re the product of someone else’s idealisation.

Through forms of intaglio medium and mark making, I began to further this concept of self identity and self realization. This body of work was motivated by my childhood, growing up, where I began question who I was. Through forms of printmaking and mark making, I began to further this concept of self identity and self realization.

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Visit Kevin Wrencher’s website for more information: http://www.alexanderkevinwrencher.info