CEDARBURG CULTURAL CENTER
MARCH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
The artists sees nature as the prime teacher of the arts. Her forms are usually organic in nature, which stems from her love of the balance observed in nature.
Kandy Gibson started throwing pottery in high school in the early 70’s. Clay has always been her main focus but she also spends time painting and drawing. Kandy graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree from The Ohio State University in 1979 with a focus in clay and education. She was a member of the Student League of Independent Potters and participated in many shows throughout her college years. After earning a Master of Education degree, Kandy spent most of her professional career teaching special needs children and her summers teaching pottery at a residential boys camp. In 1994 she began her career as a school principal and found herself having less time for her art. It wasn’t until 2008 when Kandy put an addition onto her house, giving her a dedicated clay studio, that she began playing in clay every day.
Gibson is a utilitarian potter who creates pots that are visually pleasing and unique in character, but also useful in everyday life. Each piece of stoneware pottery reflects her enjoyment for throwing, carving, sketching, embellishing, creating and using. Most of her pieces are wheel-thrown. In 2008 she joined the Cedarburg Artists Guild and started participating in art fairs, studio tours and gallery shows. She participates in many workshops, always learning new ways to enhance her work. Kandy has been an Artist in Residence and enjoys sharing her knowledge with other various learners. She is an avid biker and hiker and spends many hours outside. She sees nature as the prime teacher of the arts. Her forms are usually organic in nature, which stems from her love of the balance observed in nature, and her personal preference for a fluid line. Currently retired from public education (2015), Kandy continues to focus in clay as her full-time retirement fun.
Stop in at the Cedarburg Cultural Center and meet the artist; Kandy will be demonstrating her pottery work on March 1, 4, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23: 11 am-2 pm.
Introduction to Sgraffito Pottery
with Kandy Gibson
Sunday, March 19: 1-4 pm
Sgraffito, an Italian word meaning "to scratch away", is a decorative pottery technique produced by applying layers of color (underglazes or colored slips) to leather hard pottery and then scratching off parts of the layers to reveal the clay color underneath and create contrasting images, patterns and texture. In this workshop, students will be given a 10-inch plate in a leather hard state (still moist clay but firm enough to hold) that has been covered in a black engobe. Participants will transfer their ideas to the plate, using sgraffito techniques. Each participant will select a color glaze for the rim. (Students will first practice on a small tile.) The plates are then taken back to the studio to dry, fire and glaze. Plates will be ready for pickup two weeks later. There is an additional fee of $50 payable to the instructor on the day of class to cover her time and cost in clay, underglazes, glazes, in throwing each plate and two firings. Students should come to class with ideas; trees, birds, flowers all make great subject matter. A search on google images can be helpful with ideas and drawing. Visualize in black and white….we are starting with a black surface and carving away to the white background.
$39 CCC Members / $47 Non-Members
APRIL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
BRENDA A. GREUEL
Choosing organically-grown vegetable-based oils, herbs and essential oils for MYrecipes allows me to demonstrate my interest in conscious living.”
Brenda A. Greuel lives and works from her home in Thiensville, Wisconsin. As a lifetime self-taught gardener, she seeks inspiration in the natural horticultural world. Brenda has offered her line of organic plant-based handmade soaps since 2009 when she established the Conscious Bath Company. Choosing organically-grown vegetable-based oils, herbs and essential oils for her recipes allows her to demonstrate her interest in conscious living. It demonstrates to the community that personal care products CAN be made with beautifully scented plant-based ingredients that leave no harmful footprint in the environment at large.
Her interest in plant-based activities, growing houseplants and landscaping led her to grow a small moss garden. This opened a world of curiosity and expanded her interest in living plant arrangements such as terrariums, Kokedama moss balls and Preserved Moss Wall installations. These works bring the outdoors inside, creating a tranquil moodiness to interior spaces where the viewer cannot help but be transformed on an emotional and physical level. They require no gardening skills and immediately create an indoor landscape everyone can enjoy throughout all seasons. Her art may be seen in local offices and retail spaces in Ozaukee County.
Stop in to watch her demonstrations of plant-related art processes at the CCC on April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 22, 25: 10 am-2 pm.
Kokedama Living Art Workshop
with Brenda Greuel
Saturday, April 22: 10:30 am-1 pm
Kokedama (Japanese = "Koke/moss - dama/ball") is a style of potting up plants in a ball of moss and displaying them on a dish or suspended in the air. The style comes from a centuries-old Bonsai tradition. In this workshop, we'll learn how to prepare proper soil, individual plant care, how to pack the plant's root ball and then bind within a ball of moss creating a living, architectural art piece, which you'll take home. What a perfect way to celebrate Earth Day! Class fee includes plant, soil/clay, sheet moss, sphagnum moss and twine needed to make one moss ball to be hung or used on a standing display. Decorative display plates/stands will be available to purchase separately, if desired.
$49 CCC Members / $59 Non-Members
MAY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Paul Burmeister is a studio artist, college educator and administrator, and writer, living in Waukesha since 2015; he previously lived in West Bend for over 20 years. His artwork is shown regionally. Burmeister regularly participates in juried and invitational exhibitions, and in the past year has had solo shows in Milwaukee, Mankato and Winona. His primary output is small acrylic paintings of vernacular architecture, begun on site in a sketchbook or from personal reference photographs.
Paul will be demonstrating at the CCC on:
Saturday, May 6: 11am-5 pm
Sunday, May 7: 12-4 pm
Friday, May 12: 11 am-1 pm
Saturday, May 13: 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, May 20: 11am-5 pm
Let’s Find a Corner: An Exercise in Composition with Paul Burmeister
Friday, May 12: 1-4 pm
This workshop will help you explore a compositional strategy for building paintings and drawings from the middle outward. If you are interested in exercising your “design muscle,” for handling landscape views from observation or source sketches or photographs, we will practice together a way of setting things up in your format. Experience something that’s organic and geometric and conscious and intuitive, all at once! Landscape artist Paul Burmeister will work with you in our studio to create an example. Most supplies are included, students are encouraged to bring a sketchbook and reference photographs.
$50 CCC Members/$60 Non-Members
JUNE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Carrie Bury is a self-taught intuitive mixed media artist who lives and creates in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Since early childhood she has shared a passion for creating a variety of art forms with her mom. After college in the 80’s on a whim she started painting bright colors on big canvases to fill the blank walls of her apartment. Carrie would paint outdoors at first, which allowed her the freedom to apply paint to canvases in lively ways that expressed energy. In 2017 she joined the Cedarburg Artist Guild which has helped her grow as an artist and develop many friendships. In 2021 she participated in her first Plein Air event at Paint Cedarburg and this fall will be her 5th year participating in the Covered Bridge Art Studio Tours. Her practice has centered on taking colors at their peak saturation, playing with different techniques to create vibrant and stimulating compositions. Her inspiration is drawn from nature and farmers markets with fresh picked produce and buckets of flowers. Carrie believes that standing in front of a blank canvas can be very intimidating but also very exciting because of the endless possibilities waiting to explore and create. She says what matters most is how you feel during the creative process; how it activates your brain and feeds your soul.
More details coming soon!
JULY ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Everybody has an emotional wound that informs the behavior of the characters in these stories.
Carla Luna is a romance writer who lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. She first fell in love with the genre at age 15, when she discovered the rack of Harlequin romances at the library where she worked. From that point on she was hooked, reading everything from sweeping historical epics to Gothic romances set on windswept moors. At present, she writes romantic comedies with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. Her books have been called “escape reads,” perfect for perusing during a beachside vacation, a long flight, or a relaxing weekend at the lake. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include baking, Broadway musicals, office supplies and pop culture podcasts.
Carla will be at the CCC to discuss writing and self-publishing on July 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 19, 28, 30: 12:30-4:00 pm.
Between Fact and Fiction: Using Real Life as a Foundation for Your Writing with Carla Luna
Wednesday, July 19: 6:30-9 pm
All fiction, even at its wildest and most inventive, is rooted in an author’s life and experiences. By drawing from our strongest memories, we can create stories that resonate with our readers. In this class, we’ll discuss how to use key moments from our lives as jumping points in creating fictional narratives. Since we’ll be doing a couple of hands-on exercises, please bring a notebook and pen/pencil. Class will be held at the Kuhefuss House, W63N627 Washington Avenue in Cedarburg (enter through front door).
$35 CCC Members / $42 Non-Members
AUGUST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Ideas are fuel for my art. I love exploring artistic ideas, mine and others. Artistic ideas have propelled me forward into new mediums and artistic terrains.
Debra grew up in Tennessee on the outskirts of Nashville. She knew she wanted to be an artist from an early age. She has always been exposed to her family's love for art. She earned a BFA degree in printmaking and illustration at Memphis College of Art. Upon graduating, she moved to Denver, Colorado and began establishing herself as an artist. Her early work focused on iconographic imagery, while exploring mediums and combining them to create something new. Her paintings and sculptures appeared in many galleries throughout the Denver/Boulder metro area. She began using new mixed media techniques in her portraits and landscapes to best express what she saw in the world. She continues to explore mediums even now as she begins learning the techniques of ceramics to further her artistic boundaries.
The artist will be demonstrating multimedia practices at CCC on:
August 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14: 10 am-2:30 pm &
Saturday, August 5, 14: 10 am-1 pm
Multimedia: Growing and Expanding Artistically with Debra Quinn
Friday, August 11: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Whether you are new or accomplished as an artist, this workshop is for you. Students will learn and practice specific techniques using a variety of mixed media materials to achieve the look they are trying to create. Debra will discuss what multimedia is, show examples of her work and discuss ways multimedia can solve artistic problems and how to combine art materials and use multimedia. Gain insight into your own process as an artist and come away with new techniques to try out; accomplished artists are encouraged to bring in work they would like to update using multimedia techniques. No prior experience is needed. All supplies are included in the class fee but feel free to bring in materials you prefer to learn to work with in new ways.
$45 CCC Members / $54 Non-Members