MOWA On The Lake 

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 each year and takes part in Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day. 

Rosalie Waranius Vass | Light Layers: Watercolors On view at Saint John's On the Lake January 16–April 8, 2020

Rosalie Waranius Vass, Lean on Me, Watercolor on watercolor paper with prismacolor pencil, n.d.

Born and raised in Dundee, Wisconsin, the artistic vision of Rosalie Waranius Vass reflects the lush colors and glaciated landforms of the Kettle Moraine that cradles her hometown. Over six decades of creative activity, Vass has developed a unique watercolor technique that involves adding layer upon layer of the delicate, translucent paint to create a vibrant surface that shimmers with color. The richly detailed compositions evoke a longing for close-knit communities of yesteryear with a beguiling simplicity of style that updates American folk art traditions.

Location: Saint John's On The Lake
1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Thomas Gondek: Breaking the Bonds April 16–July 15, 2020
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Born and raised in Milwaukee and a 1967 graduate of the city’s Layton School of Art, Thomas Gondek enjoyed an illustrious studio and teaching career spanning four decades. In 2019, MOWA was gifted ten works from the late 1960s and early 1970s that exemplify his mastery of traditional and nontraditional fine art techniques and materials. Employing airbrushes and automotive paint, and working on plexiglass and plywood, Gondek fabricated dynamic forms that straddle painting and sculpture, blurring the line between two and three dimensions and expressing his desire “to break the bonds of the wall.”