Art exhibit by Andrea Avery opens on Feb. 27

Posted On February 08, 2017

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“Bluebird in Fall” by Andrea Avery and Patsy Vork/Image submitted by Andrea Avery

By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations 

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The Silver Lake College Art Department presents “Migrating Home,” an exhibit of works by Andrea Avery showing Feb. 27 through March 24 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The exhibit of her works is free and open to the public.

 Avery is a visual artist, educator and community organizer living and working in Northern Wisconsin. She creates collaborative paintings, nature studies, installations and mixed media pieces.

“I am excited by the collaborative nature of the work and look forward to exploring art as a conversation starter and form of communication,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair.

Avery has created a collaborative series of paintings with Patsy Vork. Both artists hail from the small town of Chetek, Wisconsin, and share a love of nature and the Scandinavian-style of painting called rosemaling. 

The artists have known one another since Avery was in elementary school and Vork was a teacher. Each artist has their own style, but admired the other’s talents. From this, a collaborative painting project and long-lasting friendship was born.

The artists typically mail their paintings back and forth across the state of Wisconsin to their current cities. Neither artist knows what they are going to get or how they will turn out. They respond to the piece the other person creates, ending in an intricate collaboration that celebrates nature and beauty of the people and state they both reside in and love. 

Avery earned her Master of Arts degree through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. Her active exhibition record includes shows across the Midwest and Southwest as well as Scotland, England, South Korea and Thailand.

She is currently a middle and high school art teacher in her hometown.

Silver Lake College gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.