MOWA collaborates with Milwaukee’s premiere lakefront retirement community Saint John’s On The Lake to further awareness of Wisconsin art and artists. The gallery features four exhibits every year and runs in conjunction with Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day. Opening receptions and artists’ talks are part of the celebration and help create more awareness and appreciation for the work.
Saint John's On The Lake
1800 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours: Every day, 10:00-5:00
Waters and Woods: Amy Arntson and Brian McCormick
On View: January 16-April 9
From a Far Point, 2008
Transparent watercolor on arches paper
Lent by the artist
The Unkempt Garden, 2010
Watercolor on paper
Lent by the artist
Amy Arntson and Brian McCormick create intimate scenes of the natural world. They may come from two different directions – one by land and one by sea, but their artwork has a similarity of focus. Both Amy and Brian’s watercolors employ shape, light, and pattern in order to pull the viewer into the contemplative and wistful imagery of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region and the Great Lakes.
Amy E. Arntson bases her paintings of water on direct observation with sketches and photographic studies. Her final work is done in the studio. Having grown up on Lake Michigan, in Frankfort, Michigan, she loves the water and has traveled to such varied sites as national parks in the Great Lakes region, the Pacific, the Atlantic, and to the Persian Gulf. Her work, while highly realistic, also has a strong sense of design structure and abstraction. Arntson has focused on watercolor and paintings of water since 2000.
She is a Professor Emeritus of Art in the University of Wisconsin system where she taught for 22 years at UW-Whitewater. She received her BFA from the Michigan State Art Department, and her MFA from UW-Milwaukee.
“Water has always been a powerful symbol for me and of all the media I’ve explored, line and wash and watercolor are my favorite.”
Brian McCormick left his career in architecture in 2008, so that he could return to making art full-time. He received an MFA in the 1970’s. While actively exhibiting work during that time, he turned to a career in architecture to support his passion, studying at the University of Illinois.
“I favor transparent watercolor for its directness and purity not found in other media. Every stroke of the brush is visible and unchangeable and the paper has a physical quality that can be a major part of the artwork. I see my landscapes as being intimate. They are not big sky landscapes, but reflect the narrow valleys and abrupt hills of the Driftless Region. They are also intimate in their focus on the patterns found in landscapes, the repetition of the forms and color of leaf, flower, stem, branch and tree trunk.”
The Museum of Wisconsin Art On The Lake is now part of the Milwaukee Museum Mile, a collaboration of five museums along Lake Michigan, on Milwaukee’s historic East Side. In addition to the Museum of Wisconsin Art On The Lake, visitors on the Milwaukee Museum Mile can also visit North Point Lighthouse, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, and the Charles Allis Art Museum.