Three artists inspired by sweeping landscape and nature set the scene for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first exhibit. The artist reception for Exhibit I is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Featured artists Sally Mortenson-Korolewski, Ken Bronikowski, and Gene Reineking will be on hand to meet and greet visitors as well as discuss their work. Reineking will also be part of a special artist demo on Sunday, May 24 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Exhibit I runs May 15 – June 10.
Sally Mortenson-Korolewski’s medium of choice is egg tempera with watercolor – and says that this specialized technique allows her to build layers of color into her paintings – “similar to the layers of an onion.” “The egg/water mixture, when added to the paint, creates this beautiful luster,” she says. “The depth and color that can be achieved is simply beautiful.” The last student of the late Gerhard C.F. Miller, Mortenson loves to paint grand landscapes and architectural subjects – anything with a “strong element in the work.” “Gerhard always said that watercolor was the ‘sportiest medium,” Mortenson says, “And I wholeheartedly agree. It’s an unpredictable and often uncontrollable medium – and that’s precisely why I’m intrigued with it.”
Oil painter Ken Bronkowski often paints with a limited palette of only four or five colors, and he says that these few colors “keep him honest” in his work. “I try to be very honest in my art, concentrating on draftsmanship, values (light and dark), edges, temperature, and color.” The particular concentration on temperature rather than values is of great importance to him – an ideal instilled in his from his studies under William Mosby at the Academy of Art in Chicago. “Mosby’s favorite quote was ‘Never change a value in a painting until you have to. Always change the temperature first – and that’s why I tend to paint warm to cool instead of light to dark.” Bronkowski tends to paint landscapes and still lifes, but finds that he especially enjoys painting portraits, which are a constant learning device for him. “Art is a continual learning experience for me,” he says. “A new painting is akin to attending school.”
A former studio potter, Gene Reineking turned to wood sculpture after a hand injury, and began to draw his inspiration from the creatures and forms that inhabit the woodlands, lakes, and streams that surround his studio in the glacial moraine country of Central Wisconsin. As a result of his surroundings, his work for the Fine Line show will consist primarily of stylized mammals and birds such as hawks, herons, eagles, and sandhill cranes – “mostly animals that I know,” Reineking says. “It’s so much more enjoyable to carve something I’m farmiliar with.” Carving out of wood burl from trees growing in Oregon and California that are often five feet wide by ten feet high, Reineking’s free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures can range anywhere from two to six feet. Gene will be onsite demonstrating his carving techniques on Sunday, May 24 from 11-2pm.