EPHRAIM, WI (July 26, 2016) – A collection of new artists and longtime favorites come together for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s final exhibit of the 2016 season. Exhibit IV, which features the work of oil painter Lori Beringer, woodworker Dave Turner, oil painter Hal Koenig, and mixed media artist David Sear, kicks off on Thursday, August 4 with an artist reception from 4:00–7:00pm. The exhibit will run through Friday, September 9.
For this year’s Fine Line exhibit, oil painter Lori Beringer says that her subject matter will be heavily including her small granddaughters. “I am ready to paint my family,” she says. “Why have I waited this long? They are just too precious.” Beringer says that the joy and pleasure she’s experiencing with her family has brought a new depth of emotion to her work, creating “those moments in time we can all identify with—that’s where my personal connection and the response of the viewer merges.” Large subjects—and how they move through her landscapes—are in strong focus this year. “I like the simple messages they convey,” she says. Whether it’s grandchildren, landscapes, portraits, or still lifes, viewers can always count on Beringer to paint with a deep reverence for what each day of her life brings.
A lifelong resident of Southern Wisconsin, Dave Turner has long enjoyed working with wood—although woodturning didn’t come into his life until well into his fifth decade. “I had always been warned that woodturning could be addictive—and that warning was correct,” he says. After coming across a fellow turner who had dyed his pieces using a special technique he developed, Turner set out to do the same. Now, he’s hooked on coloring his pieces by using alcohol-based dyes. “I’m constantly looking to evolve my work, and see what the medium will allow me to do,” Turner says. “And, I enjoy surprising people with my work. Most people are surprised when they see the pieces are wood—because of the coloring and dyes, the first thought is that they’re either porcelain or ceramic.”
With his home in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee and a gallery owner in the city’s Third Ward, oil painter Hal Koenig is a painter of urban and natural landscapes alike. In fact, the interplay of the urban environment and the natural world is his primary artistic inspiration. “One goal of my work is to convey a sense of place while retaining the identity of local subjects,” Koenig says. “The kind of social, economic, and environmental issues that underpin a place’s reality really allows you to see the historic layers of the city and the environment differently. “Koenig says that the opportunities he has to paint en plein air creates a spontaneous experience on and off the canvas—an experience he invites his audience to ponder, specifically the significance of a place they may have passed by, but not fully viewed.
When David Sear thinks about his artistic output over the past twenty years, he certain that a majority of it has involved landscape work. “Three primary areas have developed as a result—riverscapes, agricultural landscapes, and industrial scenes,” he says. Sear says that in the exploration of these three niches of landscape, he seeks to explore the harmony between the natural and the man-made world. Embedded within layers of translucent acrylic and through the use of symmetries such as the Golden Section, Sear creates surfaces that convey light, texture, and color—with a soft spot in his artistic heart for abstracted curvilinear and rectilinear forms based on the fields and rivers of Wisconsin.
Fine Line’s Exhibit IV will be on display at the gallery through Friday, September 9.
Fine Line Designs Gallery, located in scenic Door County, Wisconsin, encompasses an eclectic mix of original paintings, glass, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, custom wood furnishings, and fiber art created by more than 90 nationally known artists. The multi-level gallery displays work indoors as well as throughout a beautifully landscaped two-acre sculpture garden, which showcases are in bronze, stone, metal, ceramic, copper, and stainless steel. A second gallery, located adjacent to the larger gallery space, features a variety of unique pieces. For more information, please visit www.finelinedesignsgallery.com or call 920.854.4343.