Art Calendar

2016 Art Calendar: The Shining Lights


The seventeenth edition of our annual art calendar explores the wonderful sights and resources right here in Dane County.


Your calendar purchase helps support local artists and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission’s mission, vision, and programs. Production of the 2016 calendar was generously supported by Alliant Energy.


An annual tradition and perfect gift.

The 2016 Art Calendar features reproductions of fourteen works by talented Wisconsin artists.

2016 Calendar Artists:      The Shining Lights



The list of the 2016 artists is as follows:


Cover: Linda Koenig

Linda Koenig received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in the hills of rural Black Earth and paints full time in her studio at Westwing Studios in the nearby community of Verona. Her watercolors are represented by Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Door County, Fanny Garver Gallery in Madison and River Arts on Water Gallery in Prairie du Sac, WI. When she is not working, she can be found stacking firewood, playing in the snow, and hiking on the shores of Lake Superior.


Title Page: Jean Lang

Jean M. Lang is a retired editor/science writer who has been painting with acrylics since 2002. She enjoys depicting both rural landscapes and urban scenes. She has been a board member of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association for the last 5 years and regularly participates in exhibits of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP).

Jean grew up in northern California and graduated from the University of California-Davis. After earning an MS in Botany from UW-Madison, she made Wisconsin her home; she lives in Middleton.


January: Joan Konyn

I took my first watercolor painting class in the spring of 2006. I had wanted to paint ever since I was a child, but was afraid I would not be “any good at it,” so I never tried! Thankfully, I finally did try painting and found that I really enjoyed it! Through the encouragement of family and friends, I continued to take classes and to practice, practice, practice. I am still taking classes, learning new techniques, and trying to improve. My most recent challenge was to paint a portrait.

My work is usually detailed and realistic. I have a degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Design, and spent many years doing a lot of fine sewing/tailoring, quilting, and counted cross stitch. That focus on tiny stitches has carried over into my paintings. I often use a very small brush, and not a lot of water.

I enjoy painting landscapes, flowers, birds, and pets. I am blessed to live in a rural area surrounded by woods, hills, and farmland. Looking out my window or taking a walk in the woods, I am often inspired to try to capture the beauty of the Wisconsin countryside and to share it with others.


February: Peter Patau

Peter Patau is a writer and photographer in Madison. Recently he has been working on a project about Lake Wingra and its environs. Lake Wingra is a unique urban lake, almost entirely surrounded by green space, insulating it from the city that surrounds it. "Family Ice Fishing" is part of a series with the working title "The Human Ecology of an Urban Lake" documenting this unique Madison treasure and how people relate to it.


March: Nancy Macgregor

Nancy Macgregor grew up in Columbus, WI. She received her BFA from Layton School of Art, Milwaukee. She later took Photography Courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Acrylic Painting from the School of Visual Arts, NYC.


Nancy worked many years in Advertising and Television Production in Chicago, she then opened an Art Studio. Her clients came from Book Publishing, Corporations, Television, and The Chicago Tribune.


Upon returning to Madison, Nancy studied Printmaking at UW Madison. After teaching Serigraphy and Figure Drawing at MATC, Nancy also studied Computer Graphics there


She has taught Photography, Pastels, Watercolor and Acrylics for UW Continuing Ed, and similar Art Courses for MSCR at Warner Park.


Now Nancy continues to teach Watercolor, Acrylic Painting, and drawing at Fitchburg Community Center and Madison Christian Community, while she does painting commissions, and shows with Wisconsin Visual Artists. She has also had her own one-woman shows in various Madison venues. Some notable exhibitions are listed here.


  • Revelation: The Hope (one woman show) – Lutheran Campus Center, UW
  • Artful Woman – differing Madison locations
  • Seipple Center for the Arts – Beaver Dam, WI
  • CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) – Concorida University, Mequon, WI
  • Illuminations (one woman show) – Oakwood West
  • We do not lose Heart – UW Health Learning Center (One Woman Show)
  • WVA (Wisconsin Visual Artists) – Anderson Art Center, 2011 Biennial, in Kenosha, WI
  • Olbrich Gardens, Pyle Center, UW Hospital, Promega, all in Madison
  • Bethel Lutheran Church (one woman show on the book of Revelation)

April: Debra Lovelien

I recently moved from Madison to Morrisonville in northern Dane County, the land of shiny corn bins and expansive skyscapes. Since I paint landscapes in acrylics, these features have appeared in many of my recent works. The metal structures reflect the regional light and represent humans in the landscape.


May: John Ribble

From my earliest memory the idea of drawing and painting seemed as inevitable as breathing.


I grew up in the urban and historical settings of Philadelphia, but my family took annual trips to visit relatives who were farmers in Indiana and summer camp at Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York. These visits to beautiful natural and agricultural settings combined with regular visits to the historical places of the east coast made an early and profound impression on my imagination.


From the seventh grade to my senior year in high school I lived in south central Ohio, an area of rich farmland, small rural towns and wide open spaces. I then attended Maryville College, a small liberal arts school nestled in the scenic foothills of the Smokey Mountains. There, I received a BA in Fine Arts, and, upon entering a world indifferent to that degree, I procured gainful employment in graphic design and illustration in Madison, Wisconsin. While working I took a number of selective courses in drawing and painting at the University of Wisconsin Art department. After 12 years of working as a design professional I became a fully time faculty member of the Graphic Design & Illustration program at Madison Area Technical College (MATC) where I remain to the present day.


While teaching, I continued to freelance as a graphic designer and illustrator until about ten years ago when, inspired and encouraged by my MATC colleague Chris Gargen, I began to paint landscapes “en plein air.” I started this pursuit using oil paint but transitioned to soft pastels influenced by the work of Edgar Degaas among others.


I have lived in Madison for over 40 years, and have been married to fellow artist and compatriot, Cynthia Quin for the last 30. Together we’ve raised two wonderful daughters, are currently doting on a terrific grandson and have lived in the company of many borzoi, a collie, two corgis and a number of eccentric felines.


I am daily grateful to live in a place as rich and bountiful as the rural natural settings of south central and western Wisconsin. I am equally grateful to have found a passion for painting these great treasures, a passion that will sustain me for the rest of my life.


June Rebeca Israel

Rebeca Israel was born in Santiago, Chile, and is the mother of three beautiful children. She has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Information Technology from the University of Santiago, and after sixteen years as a successful project manager she decided to pursue her childhood passion as an artist.


She began painting with pastels and gradually moved into her current medium: oil painting. She studied at the academy of renowned artist Susana Pardo and later continued to master her technique under the supervision of Carmen Luz Spikin. Rebeca's experimentation with different styles and media create colored paintings with her own distinctive style. Her subject matter might rightfully be described as eclectic, including landscapes (real and imaginary), still lives, and anything that strikes a chord with her artistic sense. Her painting technique varies from brush to palette knife, but most frequently consists of oil paintings on a colored background.


Rebeca has been painting for more than a decade and her work has been displayed at several local art galleries in Chile. She also studied interior and furniture design, and when not brushing the canvas with color, she enjoys fine art ceramic painting.


July: Karen Watson-Newlin

Born in Indiana, my childhood was spent in Kentucky and West Virginia. My undergraduate work was at Anderson University with my MA degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After teaching art in the public schools of Indiana and Wisconsin for 34 years, I retired from the Verona Area School District in 2011. Now I have the time to pursue my passion of painting and explore new techniques in the acrylic mediums.


I prefer to work in series and my ideas, concepts, and visual images are present in my mind long before coming to life on paper or canvas. Like flirtations of possibilities, these ideas roll over and over until the images evolve into something tangible from the mindscape. My representational paintings are grounded in my interpretations and personal experiences with nature and the structure of the landscape. I do enjoy creating experimental abstract images, as well, that are often landscape based.


The root of my works, however, is found in my background as a teacher. Starting with shapes and forms; then creating the tension and contrast. How do the spaces visually flow? Where are the lines of the piece? I love color and the interplay of lights and darks mixed with a strong emphasis on textures, frequently painting with a knife. The textural stroke conveys high energy. I paint what I want to share and hope others can enjoy the image feeling compelled to step closer – to study the layering of forms, color combinations and discover patterns.


August: Linda Hancock

Linda P. Hancock has been a working artist for over 30 years, with an emphasis in watercolor painting and drawing. She maintains a fulltime commercial lettering & calligraphy studio in Madison, Wisconsin.


Linda has studied painting and drawing with instructors both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Edgewood College. Her emphasis is on still life, with a continuing desire to explore light and shadow, and negative and positive space. Her artwork has been selected for exhibition and awards in many juried exhibitions.


Linda has studied with such noted lettering artists as Thomas Ingmire, Brody Neuenschwander, Georgia Deaver and Denis Brown among others and has exhibited in Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, and London. Her calligraphic art has been selected for the permanent collection of the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison and the Newberry Library in Chicago and has been showcased as many of the juried annual exhibitions in the international publication Letter Arts Review.


Examples of Linda’s art may be viewed at her website:


September: Keith Skeen

Keith D. Skeen graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1980. He has worked in Green Bay and Chicago before moving to Madison in 1984, where he has worked as a freelance illustrator to present day. He has won awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Childrens Reading Roundtable of Chicago, and Advertising Federations in Green Bay and Madison. He taught at Madison College in the graphic design program from 2004-2012, and served on the board of advisors. He became a docent in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012, and continues to create art for advertising, corporate and publishing clients as well as “personal” projects.


October: Kurt Westbrook

Seeing the photographic latent image appear during a high school science class, I was hooked. My skills grew with life experiences, including photography master classes by Ernst Haas, John Sexton, and Mary Ellen Mark. I now use a digital SLR for most of my photography, but remain active with film camera formats of 35mm, roll-film and 4x5, with the occasional pinhole study and lumen print. My favorite scene would include an element of human interest in the landscape. Born and raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, I graduated with a degree in Speech-radio/TV/film from the UW-Madison in 1970.


My images have been juried into shows in the Equine PhotoNet annual contest, 2012; PhotoMidwest 2012; Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery, 2013.


I’m an active member with PhotoMidwest, formerly the Center for Photography at Madison, where I had a solo exhibit during the month of December, 2013, titled “Tenney Exposures”. I am participating in four group shows during PhotoMidwest Festival 2014, including three images in the exhibit “Reflections: Madison” at the Monona Terract Convention Center; Also at the UW Pyle Center, Fair Trade Coffee House and Lakeside Street Coffee House.


November: Michael Knapstein

Michael Knapstein (b. 1956) is a fine-art photographer based in Middleton, Wisconsin. Michael has earned worldwide recognition for his classic approach to contemporary landscape photography and was recently named International Landscape and Seascape Photographer of the Year by the Pollux Awards (based in England). His work has received more than 100 national and international awards, and has been widely exhibited around the globe through a variety of solo, juried and group exhibitions.


His photographs are included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography (Rochester, NY) and Nikon House (NY, NY). Other groups recognizing Michael’s photographs include the Photographic Society of America, The Royal Photographic Society (England), Prix de la Photographie Paris (France), The Nature Conservancy, and the New York Center for Photographic Art.


Recent international exhibitions include Paris and Arles (France), London and Oxford (England), Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga (Spain), Buenos Aries (Argentina), and Sydney (Australia).


Domestic exhibitions include Carmel, Half Moon Bay, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Modesto, Oceanside, San Diego and San Francisco (all California), Essex Junction and Middlebury (Vermont), Johnson City (Texas), Fort Collins (Colorado), Naples (Florida), Portland (Oregon), New York (New York), Albuquerque (New Mexico), and Madison, Milwaukee, and Spring Green (Wisconsin).


December: Irene Olson

Originally from India, Irene relocated to the USA in the 1960s. Although she practiced medicine in the Madison area until the late 1980s, Irene also loved the world of art.


Her creativity was triggered at an early age by her very colorful and vibrant surroundings; as a child she was influenced by the rhythms and rich colors of her exotic country. The daily rituals of India begged to be recorded in her watercolors and clay sculptures.


Irene’s love of animals and nature is also reflected in her paintings and sculptures. She presently lives in rural Deerfield, WI and owns her own art gallery, The Blue Iris Gallery. She is surrounded by beautiful views and has gardens all around for inspiration. She’s also found that as an adult, the kaleidoscopic nature of the US, especially Madison and its people, have been of great impact on her work, which is a reflection of both the countries she calls home.


Both Irene’s father and older brother were avid watercolorists and oil painters and they have each influenced her work. Clay sculpture and watercolors are the focus of her professional life and she flourishes as a true Wisconsin artist. She is active in the Madison Watercolor Society, the Wisconsin Visual Arts Association, the Madison Art Guild and the private paint-out group, AWOL “Artistic Women on Location.”


She has several solo and group exhibitions and has been very successful with sales to private collections and corporations. Most of her works are in private and corporate collections; pieces have traveled around the US and foreign shores. Irene has had several unique pieces on display at local galleries such as Silverman Jura Gallery in Spring Green, Perine Gallery in Madison, and Montage Gallery in Cambridge. She has been selected by jury to show in the “Watercolor Wisconsin” show and the “Midwest Watercolor” show.




Sales Locations

2016 calendars cost $10.00 each (including sales tax). Purchase yours today at the following locations:

  • Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Office, Monday – Friday, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm, Room 421, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, 608-266-4114.
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Municipal Hall Sales

Calendars are available for purchase at the following municipal halls:  The City Halls of Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, and Sun Prairie.  The Town Halls of Westport and Dunn.  The Village Halls of Mazomanie, Black Earth, and Shorewood Hills.

2016 Calendar Specs

  • Desktop calendar  6 ½" x 7 ½"
  • The small monthly calendar is back below the art on the front!
  • Full size calendar grid on the back.
  • $9.48 each (plus sales tax)
  • Art works by fourteen Dane County artists

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