‘The Grasslands of Wisconsin’ Reception is One Step Toward Q Gallery Milestone

“The Grasslands of Wisconsin” features the work of both member and consignment artists at the Q Artists Cooperative in downtown Stevens Point.

“It’s kind of different because we usually don’t do collaborative shows like this,” said Erin Prais-Hintz, jewelry designer and secretary of Q Artists. She was proud to showcase her own work as well as the work of other artists.

Photo by Emily Hoffmann The work of local artists on display at Gallery Q’s current exhibit, Grasslands of Wisconsin.

Photo by Emily Hoffmann
The work of local artists on display at Gallery Q’s current exhibit, Grasslands of Wisconsin.

Prais-Hintz raved about upcoming shows and said that May’s show will feature watercolors as its main appeal.

Prais-Hintz and Kristie Cecil, an oil painter and president of Q Artists, were both looking forward to the gallery’s fifth anniversary to come this summer.

 “This summer will mark the gallery’s fifth anniversary. It’s a great milestone,” Cecil said.

Among Cecil’s favorite pieces in the gallery were a few vases that were done by a method called underglazing.

“You don’t know how it will turn out. It’s always a surprise,” Cecil said. She was excited to talk about the pieces and encouraged those in attendance at the gallery’s reception on March 7 to get a full look.

Kiersten Carley and Dena Kane, friends and Stevens Point community members, were excited to support the art shown at the Q Artists Cooperative.

“We love art, and I’m really happy to support community arts,” Carley said. When speaking about what intrigued them to come, Kane mentioned that Carley, a previous gallery attendee, instigated their attendance.

“She encouraged me to come out. I’m glad I came, and I would definitely recommend this gallery to friends,” Kane said.

A happy variety of art was present for those at the reception. Many styles were featured from Justine Pawelski’s “Green Circle Trail” woodcut to Paul Klein’s various lamps, some of which are titled “Homestead” and “Motherland.”

Mary Therese Murphy’s silk fusion collages, with one titled “Between the Seasons,” and Cathy Jean Clark’s monoprint, “Evening Star II,”captured a particularly beautiful transcendence of Wisconsin’s grasslands.

Snacks and beverages were served to accompany the reception at the Q Artists Cooperative, giving visitors yet another reason to feel delighted.

“The Grasslands of Wisconsin” is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 1108 Main Street.

If the nostalgia of Wisconsin’s prairies and grasslands does not wave you into the gallery soon, the earnest of communal artist support might.

 “The Grasslands of Wisconsin” will be on display until May 3 and is just one exhibit to see this season. It will be followed by many shows also expected to showcase collaborative Q artist works in an array of tastes.

Julia Flaherty


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