Arnold Grummer's 2017 Midwest Paper Fest
The first annual Arnold Grummer's Midwest Paper Fest, held on October of 2017 at Town Square Community Center, was a total success, bringing in nine artists from the midwest to share their talent and passion for papermaking. The opening weekend included a juried exhibit followed by a master class, "Pulp Painting on Large Canvas" with Betsy Dollar. Participants created a collaborative pulp painting on 4 x 8 ft canvas, which is currently on display at Town Square.
2017 Opening Reception
Hannah O’Hare Bennett was born in Kansas and raised on a small diversified organic farm. After finishing a BFA in Printmaking at the University of Kansas, she had a career in sustainable farming, including a Peace Corps stint in Ecuador. In 2014, she returned to graduate school to work on an MFA in textile design at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She received a University Fellowship to fund her studies, which were completed in May 2017. This summer she had the honor of being selected as a studio assistant at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. Currently she maintains her art practice in Madison WI, and plans to start a papermaking and natural dye studio called Philyra, after the goddess of beauty, knowledge and paper.Art takes the beholder on quiet journey: introducing the viewer to the experiences of another’s culture, time, and spirituality through metaphors that provide a bridge between the universally familiar and the less common or unfamiliar.
Bear Jolly is an American artist expressing a reverence towards the environment and all that surrounds us. Her artistic realm embraces legend, poetry, and saga as guiding insight for expressive forms. She has taken a foundation in paper-making and transformed it as she explores pulp and fiber to express metaphors of culture and spirituality. Trained in art and psychology at Arcadia University in Glenside,Pennsylvania, she works in mixed media, primarily fiber, in two and three dimensions.
Mel Kolstad is an artist, speaker, instructor and arts advocate who makes her home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is a printmaker, collagist, fiber artist, and papermaker. She is also delighted to be a Certified Papermaker for Arnold Grummer, Inc.; the membership chair of Wisconsin Visual Artists - Northeast Chapter; and curator for the Langdon Divers Gallery, located inside the Fond du Lac Public Library. Mel has participated in many artist residencies throughout Wisconsin and also teaches various classes all over the state. You can view her artwork and find a listing of her upcoming classes on her website.
Katherine Engen began making artist books and handmade papers in 1996. Katherine has taught a variety of workshops on book making and paper making, as well as exhibited handmade papers, handmade books and specialty journals, artists books, at venues such as the Overture Art Center in Madison, the Museum of Wisconsin Artists in West Bend, the U.W. Kohler Art Library in Madison, the Golda Meir Library in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison, the River Arts Gallery in Prairie du Sac, Madison Main Library, and Edgewood College. Katherine recently was awarded Best In Show at the Museum of Wisconsin Arts for her “Whale” book. Four of her artist books are in the University of Wisconsin Kohler Art Library’s permanent collection of artist books.Art takes the beholder on quiet journey: introducing the viewer to the experiences of another’s culture, time, and spirituality through metaphors that provide a bridge between the universally familiar and the less common or unfamiliar.
Barbara Landes & Paul Sullivan
Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan are artists who have been making and showing work for a couple of decades. Recently, the husband and wife duo began to collaborate on sculpture made primarily from their handmade paper. Located in Madison, they most recently showed at the Madison Public Library's Diane Ballweg Gallery. In 2018, they have a show at the Phipps Art Center in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Dana’s background includes art and writing degrees. She lives in Lodi, Wisconsin, in the rolling hills north of Madison. Her husband, Dean Allen, is a sculptor. Together they own and operate D Squared Studios, a gallery and studio space where they create their own work and seek to share and encourage the work of other local artists.
"I have been painting for 30 plus years... I get my inspiration from my aunt, Mercedes Bruss, who is 94 years old and still painting! She says you never stop learning and art is all around you, just need to stop, look and see it."
Laura is a member of Wild Goose Fine Arts United and Fond du Lac Artists Association.
Maria Amalia Wood
Maria Amalia Wood was born and raised in Honduras, and currently maintains a studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Using textile processes and materials, she draws upon material culture, the natural environment, and the complexities of a life lived between Central America and the Midwestern United States. Working intuitively, Maria Amalia is committed to finding and sharing beautiful marks that refer to specific memories. Beyond the development of a personal studio practice, Maria intends to find ways of sharing her vision through socially engaged, artful collaborations in both Wisconsin and Honduras.
Winners of the Arnold Grummer's Earth Day 2016 Paper Making Contest