The Cedarburg Cultural Center is proud to announce it will be hosting contemporary artist Frank Juarez for the month of August as its Artist in Residence. Juarez is a Wisconsin artist, gallery owner, art educator, advocate and community leader living and teaching in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2005, he committed his life to expose, educate and engage others on the importance of experiencing and supporting the visual arts. Juarez has taken a lead role in organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, and supporting artists through professional development workshops. His efforts have placed him firmly in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists as well as attracting regional and national artists to interact, collaborate, and exhibit in the Sheboygan community.
Juarez is the art department chair at Sheboygan North High School. He is actively involved in the Wisconsin Art Education Association, National Art Education Association, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Cedarburg Cultural Center, and Arts Wisconsin. In 2011, he has opened his first art gallery, EFFJAY PROJEKTS Gallery, in Sheboygan.
Frank describes his work: “The paintings I create are based on visual and written recordings of people, places, and/or things I find interesting and in some way, feel a connection to. In my studio I transform and reduce those thoughts and feelings into paintings that embrace that experience. I believe abstraction allows me to explore, adopt, adapt, and reflect on life experiences.”
Frank will be here at the Center on Wednesdays: August 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 11 am – 4 pm to demonstrate his work, talk to the public and inspire the artist in us all. There is no charge to visit the artist, watch him work and talk to him about his process. In addition, Frank will be conducting a special workshop for high school students and adults on Friday, August 24 from 1-4 pm.
The workshop, entitled “Sampling the World Around Us: Learn to Reduce Your Surroundings” focuses on how the student might sum up an experience in order to focus on its key elements. The workshop will introduce students to simplifying their immediate surroundings and transferring those important elements into color, texture, and line on canvas or paper. Juarez will guide students through the process of reduction, how to create a work of art that invites the viewer to explore, investigate and connect meaning. Students should bring pencils, eraser and a sketchbook. All other materials will be provided. Cost of the workshop is $40 for CCC Members/ $45 for Non-Members.
To learn more to to register for the workshop, visit us online at: http://www.cedarburgculturalcenter.org/art-gallery, or call the Center at 262-375-3676.
The mission of the Cedarburg Cultural Center is to provide a gathering place to celebrate community, arts and local heritage. The Center is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 am -5 pm, and Sundays 12 pm– 4pm. The Center is closed on Mondays. Located at W62 N546 Washington Avenue in historic downtown Cedarburg, the Center’s galleries, classrooms, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.