“Done in a Day” art exhibit now on display at UW-Sheboygan
Opening reception planned for Aug. 16
Area residents are invited to visit the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan Fine Arts Gallery for its latest art exhibition “Done in a Day” by local artists Don Urness, Eileen Urness, Sally Van Driest and Grant Van Driest.
A special art reception is planned for Friday, August 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show is on display from August 2 through August 30.
Don Urness is a papermaking artist from southeastern Wisconsin. Because of his interest in the environment, Don began making paper from trash in the 1980s. He uses recycled paper pulp for his art projects which also reflect his interesting in light and how it affects nature and objects. Some of his works show how light can change the look of an object over a 24-hour time period by the way it reflects light. Recently he has been involved in the undulation of color and its effect on the viewer. Don has been an art educator for the past 25 years and is currently instructing art students at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School. Urness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.
Although mostly a self-taught artist, Eileen Urness has been surrounded by art and artists most of her adult life. She has explored many areas of art including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Lately, Eileen has been experimenting with epoxy paintings. She has found in epoxy a vehicle to represent the kind of depth, layering and color she was in search of. Her technique is largely experimental and self-developed incorporating elements of collage, paint and raw pigment.
Sally Van Driest is an artist from Cedar Grove who works with a variety of mixed media. Though her usual subjects are nature scenes and quirky animals, her style can vary greatly from one collection to another. Sally began working with the “Done in a Day” process with her young daughter as a means of art therapy. While finding herself in need of new ideas, she began painting with squeeze bottles and sprays rather than brushes. Her daughter, with little help, was able to dive right into this process as well and create her own expressive works. While there is still a sprinkling of nature scenes in Sally’s work, this series is far more abstract and experimental than she has created in the past. Sally is an art teacher with 15 years’ experience and is currently employed at Farnsworth Middle School in Sheboygan. She has earned her degree in Art Teaching from the University of Milwaukee and has earned her Master of Arts Degree from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee.
Grant Van Driest is a self-taught artist from Cedar Grove. His method consists of a combination of complete spontaneity along with a methodical, systematic process of creating a uniform series of work. Each series of his works coincides with particular times in his life. As he reflects on a collection, it serves as a scrapbook of events, triggering specific memories. More importantly, however, it is the experience of gathering with friends, sharing ideas, good conversation, music, and fun that keep him motivated to continue with his work.
These "Celebrations of Creation" were first done as paper making parties with everybody sharing facilities to develop works of paper art. Recently, two of the artists and collaborators introduced the group to another option, that the artists now call the "Done in a Day Project" or DIAD for short.
DIAD consists of setting up the materials that will be needed to create artworks, such as paint in various applicators; atomizers, squirt bottles and pour bottles; stretched canvas and boards; ground cloths and water. The actual celebration, like the papermaking, takes place outside where all the artists can enjoy nature and be inspired while they work.
According to Don Urness, “It is all about creating random acts of art. There are few rules and the emphasis is on having fun, even though creating a few pieces of nice art is always a bonus. We were looking for venues to display the final products when a chance encounter with Dan Smith led to the show at UW-Sheboygan. At this point, we have had six different DIAD celebrations and have included guest at our gatherings. This first show will be a best of show encompassing all six shows and will include works by guest artists. As artists, we are quite diverse in our individual styles and work in many different mediums. Working together and including guests has taken us in many different directions and is an ongoing learning experience.”
The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most of the paintings will be available for purchase.
For more information about the show or UW-Sheboygan's Fine Arts Gallery, contact Gallery Director Dan Smith at email@example.com or (920) 459-6649.