GO Paint! Chippewa Valley 2021
The artists of GO Paint! Chippewa Valley have painted the rolling farmlands, dramatic riverbanks, 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 spring colors.
THE ART OF GO PAINT! SPRING 2021
5-Day Plein Air Paint Festival
Virtual exhibition on view May 14, 2021
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Celebrate the flora, fauna, and folks of the Chippewa Valley depicted by this Spring’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
Statements and biographies are written by the individual artists and are published with their permission. The views expressed are their own. All artwork pricing is set by the artist 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 arts programming that is free and open to the public. Thank you.
Award Announcement and Commentary by Juror Beth Stoddard
- Best of Show: Derek Davis - "Backlight"
- First Place: Anders Shafer - "Rod and Gun Club, May 2"
- Second Place: Barbara Shafer - "By the Eau Claire River"
- Third Place: Joseph Maurer - "Where the Chip Falls
- Best River: Naomi Tiry Salgado - "Spring Street Bridge"
- Best of Pablo Center Staff Pick: Michael Olive - "Evening Lights"
GO Paint! Chippewa Valley painters race to paint the flora, fauna, and folks of nearby Phoenix Park and the surround confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in only 2 hours.
Adult Quick Paint Award Winners
- Best of Show - Naomi Tiry Salgado
- First Place - Joseph Maurer
- Second Place - Lee Fairbanks
- Third Place - Susan Estill
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 - Taha
- Second Place - Layna
- Third Place - Ahna
Kids Quick Paint Award Winners: Grades 6 - 8
- First Place - Jaylynn
Taken together these paintings winsomely portray spring’s arrival in the scenic Chippewa Valley. Multiple 2-D media and artistic approaches evoke a broad topography of particular places, recognizable weather conditions, and authentic moods. The variety of paint- and pastel-handling was an especial delight. This strong showing features numerous award-worthy paintings, even from single painters. Despite working under the caprices of early spring weather, these artists bring to visual realization this season of anticipation.
- JEAN ACCOLA
Oil, 9" x 12" | $750
Artist’s Statement: Derek is a professional fine art painter. He was exposed to the artistic passion of both his Father and Mother who were artists. His intention with each piece is to seek out the poetry of the moment and create a realistic impression, dynamically composed, and expressively painted that honors the ultimate creative power of God. With no other personal instruction in visual art since childhood, Derek has been led through a regime of study. Beginning with the fundamentals of drawing, leading to composition, design, application, progressing to the communication of meaning. Following the process of study, goal setting, practice, and analysis, Derek pushes paint with humility and continues to evolve. "I have been led down this path by God and I paint every piece as an expression of gratitude..."
Rod and Gun Club, May 2
Watercolor, 12" x 18" | $200
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 and sights and spectacular light.
I am an Emeritus Professor of Art from UWEC. I have shown in countless shows and exhibitions and have work in numerous museums.
By the Eau Claire River
Charcoal and watercolor, 22" x 15" | $150
My first love was making sculpture, my second drawing and so when challenged to make art of the greater world, I find myself drawn to rocky formations, their edges, and surfaces. In my studio, I paint with acrylics, but somehow plein air painting just seems right, when I do it in watercolor.
Barbara’s BFA is from the Rhode Island School of Design, her MFA is from the University of Cincinnati. She has taught art in the Evening School at the University of Cincinnati, and at UW Stout and UW-Eau Claire. She has also worked as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, advocating for the rights of persons with cognitive disabilities.
Where the Chip Falls
Oil and wax on board, 12" x 12" | $300
Artist’s Statement: I engage in both personal and collaborative projects which empower others to experience and learn from nature. Projects include murals, garden pergolas, native landscape design, and painting. I understand landscape as embodied history. Stories abound from the places carved by channels of water, and plants and trees arising from soil, where creatures dwell. Inspiration comes from memories, dreams, or reflections of contact with nature.
Joe has a BFA in Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1999) and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (2004). Joseph draws from a deep commitment to ecology and love of place. His work as a team member with Hargreaves Associates Landscape Architects included design on the London Olympic Park and landscape design projects in NYC; then as a Graduate School teacher for 4 years in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania he refined skills that he brought home to his Mid-Western roots. In 2006 he collaborated with New York-based Public Artist Mary Miss on a large-scale public art and landscape project at Arlington Sewage Treatment Plant in Arlington Virginia.
In his home of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he works as project design coordinator for Next Step Energy, a renewable energy company, Joseph spends regular time as a member of a community garden and prairie enthusiast. It is here that his work has recently taken bloom. In 2013, he designed a pavilion that stands in the Eau Claire’s Forest St. Community Garden. In Fall Creek, Joe designed a new Butterfly Pavilion for Beaver Creek Reserve which will open in the spring of 2019. He has also directed, produced, and shot a documentary on native remnant prairies for The Prairie Enthusiasts. Joe was Artist in Residence at Christ Church Cathedral in Eau Claire from 2018-2019. Joe is an award-winning painter and has exhibited widely in the Midwest.
Spring Street Bridge
Oil on linen panel, 10" x 16" | $450
Artist’s Statement: I grew up in Chippewa Falls, WI and now live in Woodbury, MN with my husband and two teenagers. I have been actively painting since 2007 and dedicated to full-time painting since 2015. I was president of the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota 2018-19 and regularly compete in regional Plein Air Painting events.
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 that personality of each painting into becoming the best version of itself. My ultimate goal for each painting is that it is capable
Oil on panel, 11" x 14" | $400
This award is selected by the staff of Pablo Center by vote. Pablo Center at the Confluence currently retains 19 full-time staff members and numerous part-time staff. Our mission is focused on augmenting and developing opportunities to experience the performing, literary and visual arts for people of all ages and backgrounds. We are proud to manage GO Paint Chippewa Valley!
GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Awards Juror and Featured Artist: Beth Stoddard
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.
GO Paint! Chippewa Valley Quick Paint Judge and Founding Member: Jean Accola
Jean Accola has been a painter most of her life. In 1980 she moved to rural Western Wisconsin where she lived a creative life with her musician husband and two children.
In 1985 she opened the Accola Gallery in Durand WI, where she continues to work and exhibit. She has studied with many influential artists that helped her establish her skills in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Jean Accola founded the Fresh Art Tour in 1998 and the GO Paint! Plein Air painting event in 2013 and is now looking forward to years of “just 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.