GO Paint! Chippewa Valley 2021
The artists of GO Paint! Chippewa Valley have painted the rolling farmlands, dramatic river banks, charming downtown areas, prairies and forests of Pepin, Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire Counties. They bring the outdoors in and light up the Valley in a burst of fall colors.
THE ART OF GO PAINT! FALL 2021
5-Day Plein Air Paint Festival
Virtual exhibition on view October 8, 2021
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Celebrate the flora, fauna, and folks of the Chippewa Valley depicted by this Fall’s GO Paint! artists. This Plein air art exhibit displays paintings within a 10-mile radius of the Eau Claire & Chippewa Rivers between Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Durand, and Nelson, Wisconsin.
Artist Statements and Bios
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Award Announcement and Commentary by Beth Stoddard
- Best of Show: Martha Hayden - "Red Cedar Creek, County Y Bridge"
- First Place: Naomi Tiry Salgado - "Double 'O' Orchard"
- Second Place: Trevor Knapp - "On the Path (Nocturn)"
- Third Place: Anders Shafter - "Barbara's Garden"
- Best River: Randy Palmer - "Reflections: Eau Claire River"
- Best of Pablo Center Staff Pick: Kris Gardner - "Rivers Confluence"
(In no particular order)
- Janice Roberts - "Channeling Putnam"
- Liam Kraft - "Beaver Creek Trout Stream"
- Melissa Malin - "Lazy Monk Patio at Sunset"
GO Paint! Chippewa Valley painters race to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park and the surrounding confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in only 2 hours.
Adult Quick Paint Award Winners
- Best of Show - Susan Estill
- First Place - Jan Balow
- Second Place - Martha Hayden
- Third Place - Kris Gardner
Young Chippewa Valley painters raced to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park and the surrounding confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in only 1 hour.
Kids Quick Paint Award Winners: Grades 1 - 5
- First Place - Ellie
- Second Place - Fiona
- Third Place - Lean
Kids Quick Paint Award Winners: Grades 6 - 8
- First Place - Marrix
- Second Place - Grant
- Third Place - Abigail
Kids Quick Paint Award Winners: Grades 9 - 12
- First Place - Lillian
- BETH STODDARD
Red Cedar Creek, County Y Bridge
Gouache, 12 x 16 | $350
Artist’s Statement: My painting is both realistic and abstract, on the elusive edge between there and not there. On first look, everything is in place, then all dissolves. I want realism and abstraction to take turns. I want a painting to be evocative of time and place, and overwhelming in abstract, structural logic. I look for a surprise, a drama, a different way of seeing. I try not to see anything for itself alone, but as part of a whole. In this context, my subjects take on meanings other than the accustomed ones. They are more than still life and landscape. They are comments on thinking and seeing.
Double "O" Orchard
Oil on linen panel, 8 x 12 | $350
Artist’s Statement: I see similarities between my painting process and the way people grow. As a blank canvas with an idea, a baby painting has so much potential--it could go in any direction and become anything. As soon as paint starts hitting the canvas it starts down a path and develops its own personality. Some paintings are calm and subdued, while others are wild and rebellious. My job is to guide the personality of each painting into becoming the best version of itself. My ultimate goal for each painting is that it is capable of giving and receiving love, joy, and good feelings on the wall of its new home. To learn more about me and my work, visit www.tirysalgado.com.
On the Path (Nocturn)
Pencil on paper, 6 x 8 | $350
Artist’s Statement: The plein air works created in 2021 are all done with a mechanical pencil and eraser alone. I wanted to bring a sense of timelessness and experiment with texture, to see if I could evoke the sense of space and atmosphere through simple mark-making alone. I hope you enjoy these works as much as I enjoyed making them – this experiment has lit a fire in me to continue this practice weekly for the foreseeable future.
Trevor Knapp is a printmaker and draftsman in the tradition of Old Masters. He also works as a graphic designer in Milwaukee, WI. His work strives to embody the archetypes of existential ponderings, memory, and dreams. Knapp’s work has recently been exhibited with Highpoint Printmaking Center, Manifest Gallery, Aeon Gallery and featured online with HiFructose Magazine and Booooom.com.
Mixed media, 8 x 12 | $125
Artist’s Statement: Plein art painting enriches my larger more complex works. Leonardo DaVinci said that nature is the best teacher. Being outside improves my color and design sense. In addition, I love going outside and enjoying the smells sounds, sights, and spectacular light.
I am an Emeritus Professor of Art from UWEC. I have been shown in countless shows and exhibitions and have work in numerous museums.
Reflections: Eau Claire River
Oil on linen panel, 9 x 12 | $300
Artist’s Statement: Randy began his adventure into the world of plein air painting early last year while vacationing in southern New Mexico. The desert landscapes provided an interesting contrast to those of the Midwest. Returning home, he began painting scenes in the Chippewa Valley. He found that art and being outdoors were great combinations-taking the time to enjoy a location, such as soaking up the sounds near a set of rapids, has been a joy.
A Wisconsin native, Randy grew up near Wisconsin Dells in a rural area that overlooked pastures, marshes, and swamps and with views of the Baraboo Bluffs. An early interest in art led to private lessons with a friend of his grandmother who studied under Scottsdale and Jackson Hole artist, Bill Freeman. Randy began painting landscapes in oils at the age of twelve and oils have remained the primary medium for his work. He received an Associate of Arts degree at UWC Baraboo/Sauk County with advanced credits in Art. He wanted to pursue a career that encompassed both the love for nature and the outdoors with art and the field of landscape architecture seemed like a good fit. He completed his Bachelor of Sciences-Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Randy’s work in “three-dimensional landscapes” culminated in a twenty-eight-year career as Grounds Manager/Landscape Architect at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Pastels, 9 x 11 | $400
Graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 1980 with a BFA in Art. Employed as a graphic designer/artist for approx. 20 years in various positions. Painted in oil and acrylics for many years, mostly portrait painting. Photography is my second passion. I've long been interested in the natural world particularly landscapes. I took a class in pastel painting about three years ago and was hooked. The brilliance of color pigment and the medium have kept my attention. I'm a member of the Southwest Pastel Society and participate regularly with the Plein Air group.
My artistic practice is borne of the delights and constraints I experience as a city-dwelling landscape painter. The representational mode in which I work is informed by art history and motivated by a love for nearby nature. In oil on panel, I paint urban parks and preserves from direct observation, and in the studio from drawn sketches aided by memory.
Serene outdoor imagery is activated by visible brushwork, modern compositional choices, and saturated naturalistic color. I contribute to the broader landscape art dialogue as well as local life and culture by depicting in paint my area’s wealth of natural beauty."
Beth Stoddard is a Milwaukee artist who draws and paints from life with a modern sensibility. Working in oils primarily en Plein Air, she recently completed a long-term project to paint all 156 of the Milwaukee County Parks. She’s currently the 2020–2021 ARTservancy artist in residence at the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy property Fitzsimmons Woods.
Wisconsin-born, she studied art in Philadelphia obtaining degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her painterly realist pieces are held in private and corporate collections nationwide. When not painting outdoors she serves as a judge/ juror and teaches observational drawing and painting.
All artwork pricing is set by the artists and is non-negotiable and non-refundable. All artwork sales are by commission with Pablo Center at the Confluence. Your purchase supports our endeavors to present quality visual art programming that is free and open to the public.