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Art Preview

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Art Preview Female Splendor P E G G Y S U E D U N I G A N

This week, two of the city’s favorite art galleries—Peltz Gallery on Knapp Street and Tory Folliard in the Historic Third Ward—host openings with inno vative touches.

Starting July 25 at 6 p.m., the walls of Peltz’s vintage Victorian building will be covered what gallery owner Cissie Peltz describes as “feminine splendor.” Peltz hosts its 18th annual “Remarkable Women Show,” which includes more than 35 artists from across nation. Pastels, paintings, drawings, wall hangings and a variety of original prints are exhibited throughout the entire gallery. Even names familiar to the Milwaukee art commu offer the promise of new artwork: Anne Kingsbury, Barbara Manger, Joanna Poehlmann, Carol Pylant, Evelyn Patricia Terry and Della Wells.

Cross-cultural artistic expressions can be found in the work of Latin-American artist Nicola Lopez, American-Indian artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, and Chinese artist Hung The show also introduces two new talents to this Milwaukee tradition. African- American artist Margo Humphrey displays her exciting suite of lithographs with gold leaf while Chicago’s Marilyn Propp works in oil pastels. From the large watercolors by nation renowned Jeanette Pasin Sloan to the petite gouache paintings of Diane Levesque, multiplicity of mediums, themes and ideas presented in the show illustrates the “remarkable” in the title.

Peltz’s own special accomplishments and love for art culminates with the 19th birth from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Champagne, ice cream and cake will be served during this festive occasion, with an informal artist’s panel from 1-2:30 p.m. honoring Peltz’s enthusiastic contributions to art. Tory Folliard Gallery hosts another of the city’s favorite artistic legacies, one that spans more than 35 years. The Milwaukee born and nationally recognized artist Patrick Farrell displays his new paintings in the exhibit “Patrick Farrell: Calla Lilies and Fruit.”


Nine new paintings portray masterful still-life techniques by an artist who appears on the pages of Who’s Who in American Art. Farrell’s small vignettes, painted with oil on linen or board, capture an ethereal and eter nal moment in time with their meticulously detailed hyperrealism. Farrell reintroduces Carol Pylant, Blessed the calla lily to his painting compositions while still incorporating the subject material he’s famous for—bowls of fruit and the occasional butterfly that represent the rich boun ty and beauty in life. A special preview of his work on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will provide a delightful opportunity to meet the artist, and the Folliard Gallery will offer a keepsake poster of this exhibition to those attending. This exhibit leads into Gallery Night and Day starting July 25, where another reception honors Farrell, along with the ceramic ssculptures of Mark Chatterley and works on paper by T.L. Solien.


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