We are SO thrilled to invite you to three amazing exhibits this summer:
‘Sublime Excesses: The Paintings of James V. Lamb’
James V. Lamb moved his family to Beloit in 1966 and became a beloved part of the community. After a life altering heart attack and an early retirement, Lamb began to paint in the style of Grandma Moses, but quickly developed a story-telling style truly his own. Drawing from his societal observations and inner fears, Lamb’s paintings depict satire and truth using garish colors and often unsettling characters.
This exhibition brings together fifty of his paintings from friends and family near and far and celebrates his art, which was both Sublime and Excessive.
’64th Annual Beloit & Vicinity’
The Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition has been recognized as one of the oldest regional juried art shows in Wisconsin. This year’s show was curated by Beth A. Zinsli, Curator, Wriston Art Galleries at Lawrence University, and Scott Terry, Visual Artist and owner of Mahogany Gallery and Cultural Center. They’ve selected a group of twenty eight artists from Wisconsin and Illinois.
‘Like Fire and Smoke’
Phoenix S. Brown, winner of the 63rd annual Beloit & Vicinity show, is an interdisciplinary artist who uses elements of drawing, collage, and printmaking to disrupt and reclaim western conventions of painting as a woman of color. With contemporary material and aesthetic choices, Brown subverts the one-way window of fantasy that western painting has long offered.
Brown writes, “Throughout art history, nature and Blackness have existed as reserves to exploit; in my work, they blend and force us to confront our viewing access to them. I conceal and reveal parts of figures to introduce dialogues of voyeurism and fetishization. By abstracting representations of nature, I make botanical taxonomy, a European construct, impossible to employ as foliage resists visual specificity. Instead, the presence of nature signals a fantastical, safe space where I allow myself to unravel personal reflections.”