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A Wisconsin Artistic Sampler:

The Melding of Nature and Art in the Baraboo Bluffs and Surrounding Area


Workshop Leaders

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language. The quality of cranes lies, I think, in this higher gamut, as yet beyond the reach of words.

                                                                          Aldo Leopold, "A Sand County Almanac"

Ellen’s competence to paint Whooping Cranes comes from her ability to observe them (old painter's saying- Paint what you know!).

Debra Grall is a contemporary figurative artist who works in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, gouache, charcoal, and mixed media. She earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and studied traditional painting at the Ateliers Neo Medici and Pelizzari. She is an Emeritus Professor from the Northern Illinois University School of Art in DeKalb, IL and has relocated to Wisconsin.

Kurt has always enjoyed photography and with digital photography he has been able to indulge this interest to the maximum. He has always liked panoramic photographs and landscapes. His photographs have been used in the River Alliance's calendar, the Wisconsin People and Ideas magazine from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as well as newspapers and local non-profit newsletters.

Kyle Martin is a full time artist, teaches numerous workshops and has gallery representation. Kyle is interested in observing and painting the effect of light falling on the landscape. His work is created outdoors, painted en plein air, taking direct inspiration from the subject.

As an art educator for over 25 years, Dorothy has done numerous art workshops, is a practicing artist and has gallery representation. Using clay as her medium she creates functional, sculptural and decorative works of art.