Craig Zahrte

Craig Zahrte is a potter and sculptor. He established  Paradise Valley Artz, in rural Warrens, Wisconsin in 1998, where he works and teaches pottery and the ceramic arts. Craig holds a Bachelor of Art degree from UW Wisconsin-Lacrosse and a Masters Degree in Studio Arts from Morehead State University.

Craig's primary interest is on three-dimentional art and has a variety of items on display; "I've been working on some new works for home and garden, and I do commission work for those looking for something special and unique, along with offering instruction in clay arts."

Craig is currently the president of the Tomah Arts Guild.  He is also the producer of  "Bards and Ballads" an annual stage show of local area music, songs and stories.


Craig Zahrte

Paradise Valley Artz

20577 Arcadia Avenue Warrens, WI 54666

paradisevalleyartz@gmail.com

(608) 343-5867

 Ginny Schuld

Experience:     Ginny has been painting in oils for over twenty years and watercolors for at least fourteen years.  She has received several first place awards at the Walworth County, Jackson County, and Clark County fairs the past seven years as well as honorable mention awards and three state awards at Wisconsin Regional Art Program competitions. She has several works in private collections in the Sharon, WI, and Black River Falls areas and at the Golden Dreams Gallery, Neilsville, WI.

Organizations:     Ginny is a member of the Black River Art Group, the Black River Arts Alliance and Wisconsin Regional Artists Association having served a three year term as Publicity Chair and most recently joined the Tomah Arts Guild serving as vice president. She was instrumental in bringing the first WRAP Exhibit to Black River Falls and Tomah and serves as coordinator for these exhibits.

Education:      Mostly self-taught, she has taken painting lessons in oils from Mary Ann McDonald of Black River Falls, a watercolor class from Nancy Newcomb in Lake Geneva, WI and enrolled in art classes at Black Hawk Technical School with Carla Day-Johnson, Janesville, WI, as well as a North Light Correspondence Drawing Class. She also attended four week long seminars in watercolor under the tutelage of Pat Dobrinska at Green Lake, Wisconsin, and received a scholarship to the Rhinelander School of the Arts. She has a BA in Education with a Fine Arts Minor from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. 

Philosophy:      With her florals and landscapes, Ginny is attempting  to draw the viewer into a place of respite away from the hectic pace of daily life. Through her art, she hopes to connect the viewer to the affinity she has for the miracle of the beauty of our natural world.

  Watercolor: "Winter Sunset"

Watercolor: "Cattails" 

 




Ginny Schuld, Artist and Knitter

Strokes & Stitches

W42658 Charcoal Road

Hixton, WI 54635

http://www.StrokesStitches.com

(715) 963-3200

Marilyn Kortbein

Marilyn specializes in acrylic painting of German Folk Art. She has been creating acrylic paintings since 1993 and teaching folk and decorative painting since 2000. She moved to Tomah in 2008 with her husband Duane who does unique cabinetry through his company, The Woodworks. They relocated to be closer to their 3 children, in Tomah, Baraboo and Rochester MN.

Marilyn is a graduate of UW-Stevens Point, Major in Home Economics, minor in Art. She has been a member of The Society of Decorative Painters since 1994 and the Tomah Arts Guild since 2010.

"Because I’m of German descent, I became very interested in this German form of painting and its history. Each region developed a slightly different form of painting. I concentrate on making Old World Santas, bride's boxes and painting German designs on hand-blown Christmas ornaments."

Come join us for a class!!

Marilyn offers painting classes throughout the year. Details on the classes will be found on our Special Events page in the spring and fall. If you would like more information, please contact Marilyn at the information on the right. 

 

 

Old World Touch Specialty Gifts creates unique Bauernmalerei (German Folk Painting) and Rococo Floral Designs on wood and glass.

Bauernmalerei  (pronounced bow-urn-maler-rye) is a folk art associated with Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bauernmalerei is "flower painting", but can also celebrate the joys of life. Marilyn notes that the tradition of the "bride's box" goes back to the 18th century, when an oval wooden box decorated with folk art was given to the bride for keeping wedding mementos. 

If you would like to know more about Marilyn's gift items or sign up for a class, please contact Marilyn at 608-372-7244 or e-mail: dlkortbein@CenturyTel.net

Delpha Lucka

Watercolorist, Del Lucka is a native of Warrens, WI.

Del did not pursue her artistic talents until later in life, which is not untypical. She first became a professional Rosemaler and won national awards.

Not until retirement did she begin her watercolors. It seemed that there were already enough landscape artists but the calling to paint would not go away says Del. A neighbor was teaching watercolor painting. Del thought they were exceptionally beautiful and so she signed up for the classes. The teacher was a desert painter and as they both lived in the California desert, Del became a desert painter. Painting the desert and the skies are her favorite subjects.

Del’s husband encouraged her to paint birds and she now has a series of seven sandhill crane paintings. She is currently working on more sandhill paintings and has always the loved the marsh area around Warrens.

Del spends her summers painting the Warrens area and her winters in California painting the deserts and the big skies. However, she does have another passion and that is painting lighthouses, of which she has painted many. She loves to paint the light in the sky and the lighthouses and add a scripture to finish the beauty that we all see.

 Watercolor:  "Glorious Sunset"

 

          Watercolor: "Sandhills 2"

Del Lucka

Tomah, WI

(608) 343-0808

 

 Monica Genske

Monica Genske is an artist living in the Warrens area. Monica loves the visual arts and has an affinity towards fine, detailed work. She has been an avid painter and loves outdoor landscape photography, she is currently working with paper arts and offers workshops and classes in quilling. 

Throughout her life, she has pursued the arts in elementary, high school, college and then as a graphic artist. Monica tries to pair her love of the natural world and art:

 “Nature is very inspiring to me and I try to express this in my artwork. There is always an opportunity for a fresh perspective with each change of the seasons. I used to spend a lot of time outdoors while growing up. I remember the sense of excitement I felt when the leaves began to turn in the fall or when the first snowflakes fell and turned everything white. I’ve never lost that sense of wonder." 

"Whether I am painting, shooting photos or working on quilling, I know that art touches people in many different ways, and it's very important to me to create pieces that inspire and uplift."  

Monica offers classes is quilling. Details on classes will be found on our Special Events page. If you would like more information, please use her contact information below. 

Monica Genske

208 Hayes Street

Warrens, WI 54666

(608) 378-3344

mLgenske@yahoo.com

Assorted Quilled Items

Photography: "Morning Mist "

 
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