A Natural Progression features a variety of paintings, conceptual illustration and functional sculpture boasting elements of the natural world. Artists in this group show include Tina Duemler, Leslie Iwai, Linda Koenig, Aaron Laux and Colette Odya Smith. This meditative exhibition is comprised completely of Wisconsin based artists and overall emphasizes the sense of calm wonder instilled while taking in this great midwest American landscape.
Synergy Coworking and Gallery Marzen are pleased to present this Open Studio event, an evening with Rio based artist and change-maker Panmela Castro. Castro is a world renowned creative entrepreneur and human rights activist who's artwork spotlights the female body in dialogue with the urban landscape and questions of otherness and binary gender. Her powerful imagery appears on exteriors in ten countries around the world, from right here in Madison (Willy St Co-op East) to Paris, Israel, Austria, Brazil and more.
Marzen will host a community live painting event and Synergy Coworking will facilitate a silent auction for the benefit of Rede NAMI, Castro's non-profit women's/human rights organization. Mingle with locals and artists in the community and enter the silent auction for a chance to take home one of Panmela Castro's original paintings! Guests will also have the opportunity to partake in a themed live painting facilitated by Marzen, which will be donated to DAIS of Dane County.
All during the month of June Marzen is featuring the artwork of: Deanna Antony, Gwen Avant, Jennika Bastian, Jenie Gao and Jerry Jordan
We are pleased to present The Soul of the Upper Midwest: Timestacking by Mark Weller. Each of Weller’s renderings are inspired by movement, some magnificently dramatic and some capturing motion imperceptibly subtle to the eye. This exhibition will feature both his unique landscapes and vibrant abstraction unlike anything seen in Madison before. Though his process starts in the lens of a camera, his aesthetic draws on both the world of traditional painting and highly technical photography. Weller is perpetually exploring new ways to evolve his compositions without the use of post processing beyond what he needs to timestack the images, which is comprised of many images shot over a short range of time, compressed into a single frame. Using his expert eye and his extensive knowledge, Weller will take thousands of shots in order to capture just the right moment in which the subject is “painted” across the composition.
Mark Weller is a Wisconsin native that has spent roughly 25 years specializing in photography. In his early career, he shot films in Alaska, afterward moving to Madison producing films for WPTV and in the early 90’s becoming the CEO of a local telecommunications firm catering to rural areas statewide. In his free-time Weller began work as an astro-photographer, fund raising for the benefit of Wisconsin’s beloved Apostle Islands, which led him to discover his unique, cloud swathed landscapes.
ARTIST RECEPTION: MAY 5th, 2017 | 5pm-9pm
ARTIST TALK at 7pm
Currently on display in Marzen's showroom is a collection of art exhibiting works of remarkable texture in various media and formats. This exhibition features a wide variety of artists and subjects, from such names as Sam Gilliam to prolific local artists such as Katherine Steichen Rosing and Rhea Ewing.
Marzen is excited to host FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective's latest community art project, Mothers of Our Nations: Artworks Honoring Women Leading Positive Change.
The project explores the unique role women play in instigating social change by shining a light on groups of women leading the way in their local communities. Sixteen visual artists and poets partnered with women-led groups in Milwaukee and Madison who are taking action to improve the world around them, then created original work to honor them.
ART EXHIBITION OPENING PARTY
Saturday, December 3rd
@ Marzen | 2345 Atwood Avenue, Madison
Music by DJ Loop
Spoken word by Tiffany Miller, Brit Nicole & Mikey Apollo
& a special serenade from The Raging Grannies of Madison
Performances and a few words from the artists around 7:30pm
FROM HERE TO HER Artist Collective is an alliance of female artists based in Milwaukee who share a strong belief in the power of art to create social change and to transform lives – both the life of the artist and the lives of people who are touched by their work.
Learn more about FROM HERE TO HER and the project at: http://www.fromheretoher.com/mothers-of-our-nations-2/
SPONSORED BY: Alverno College
RECEPTION*: October 21 | 5:00pm - 8:30pm- Artist talk at 7:00pm
*Meet master weaver Tito Mendoza, here to join us for the artist reception from Oaxaca, Mexico!
MATA ORTIZ TRUNK SHOW: November 18, 11am - 7pm | November 19, 12pm - 4pm
Marzen presents More Time Than Life, an exhibition spotlighting modern Mexican art grown from long-held, rich traditional folk mediums and imagery. Artists in this exhibition come from various backgrounds yet share a common thread as they relate their craft to their personal and cultural traditions.
The exhibition will feature the original woven art of master weaver Erasto "Tito" Mendoza from Oaxaca, Mexico. His innovative textiles are skillfully woven and push the boundaries of the archetypal Saltillo style serapes. Mendoza has collaborated on multiple occasions with Madison textile and installation artist Carolyn Kallenborn, who’s elaborate, ethereal concepts blend beautifully with the more traditional textile forms. Marzen will be exhibiting some of these internationally celebrated collaborative works for the first time ever in Madison as well as a brand new installation piece crafted by Mendoza and Kallenborn.
More Time Than Life also includes the kaleidoscopic paintings of Edgar Salguero, an artist residing in Guanajuato, Mexico. Salguero’s colorful paintings do not betray the uncomplicated freedom of his hand while maintaining a seemingly impeccable control over the uncontrollable. The paintings are blanketed in luscious texture due to the artist’s meticulously painted motif of dots and line-work which tell many stories within the greater narrative of the composition. His work is humbly inspired by literature, music and aspects of his own life and persona.
Also on display will be an assortment of pottery from Mata Ortiz. Mata Ortiz is a small pueblo that is home to a unique group of potters located along the Palanganas River in northwest Chihuahua, Mexico. The region is rich with history dating back to ancient Paquime, a large city that at its zenith was emblematic of high culture and trade in its time. In the mid 1950’s a man named Juan Quezada, deeply inspired by the prehistoric pottery scattered throughout the region, set out to learn the lost art of the beautiful pottery. Using only the region’s diverse range of clays and minerals and hand built ovens and tools, Quezada successfully recreated the ancient style of pottery which eventually caught the attention of outsiders. The other families in the village began to learn how to process the clay, hand build the pots and hand-paint the incredibly intricate designs, evolving into its own contemporary art form and becoming the trademark of Mata Ortiz.
Continuing an annual project initiated originally by Edgewood College, Marzen will be the home base for the Remembrance & Celebration shrines this year complimenting the incredible breadth of artwork on display. Memorial shrine making has been a wide-spread tradition all over the world but most notably in Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca’s incredible Dia De Los Muertos celebration is honored and time-held tradition to commemorate those who have passed on. Marzen invites the community to make their own ofrenda (altar) and display it at the gallery for the extent of this exhibition.
Gallery Marzen teams up with Next Door Brewing Co. to re-release the märzen bier, dubbed the Nextdoorberfest, for its fall debut! Best known as an Oktoberfest beer, this style of beer was traditionally brewed in the spring and put into underground cold storage until Oktoberfest, where it was officially released. Last spring Gallery Marzen held a fundraiser to the benefit of VSA Wisconsin for the early release of the beer. At the end of September we are doing it again! For every Nextdoorberfest beer sold on September 29th, NDBC will donate $1 to the art program at Lowell Elementary School! Please help us support the arts at Lowell!
The end of September also marks Marzen’s 2nd year in operation! Margaret LeMay opened the gallery fall of 2014 in the wake of some of Madison’s most popular art spaces closing. Marzen has grown into a well-known venue that provides high quality fine art in a sincere, clean gallery space that provides the feel of a high profile gallery found in Chicago or New York. Marzen represents some of the best and brightest regional artists, most of those local to Dane County. Instead of throwing a party for the gallery we would encourage anyone interested in celebrating with us to join us September 29th at Next Door Brewing Co. to raise money for neighboring school, Lowell Elementary School.
Figuratively speaking is a solo exhibition featuring the portraiture of Jerry Jordan. Jordan's work is heavily influenced by classical representative portraiture while simultaneously capturing the essence of contemporary scenes in expressive oil strokes. His figures are portrayed in an almost saintly fashion while they're passionately working in their trade, caught in a candid moment of reflection or carried away in a daydream. His work is intimately based on life in the day of real people who live and work around him. Jordan, a skilled and productive artist, has mastered capturing those expressive and sometimes telling dispositions among his range of unique subjects.
Jerry Jordan is a Recruiter at UW-Madison and a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a BA in Fine Art and his MS in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Art Education. His work has been featured on occasion on the cover of Madison publication, UMOJA and has been shown at Overture Center for the Arts, School of Education Gallery at UW-Madison and Commonwealth Gallery among others.
Artist Reception | MMOCA Fall Gallery Night, October 7th 5-9pm
Bos Meadery opens its lovely bright space once again to welcome one of Madison's local artists, Sandra Klingbeil. Visit her website atwww.sandraklingbeil.com
During her reception on August 19th, Klingbeil's artwork will accompany the seasonal varieties of mead available and made at Bos Meadery. We recommend purchasing a flight to try a variety of taste profiles! From 7-9PM there are three local and out of state bands scheduled to play. Join us for this entertaining night at Bos Meadery, 849 East Washington, Madison, WI. Parking available behind building off Main St. Visit www.bosmeadery.com
Artist Reception | at Bos Meadery | August 19th 6-9PM
Rhea Ewing and Michael Velliquette bring together colorful, socially relevant and introspective works at Marzen in this one of a kind exhibition.
Rhea Ewings's deeply contemplative graphic collages enhanced with traditional media explore our understanding of human ancestry which is heavily influenced by our perceptions of what it means to be human, and our desire for a narrative about our own spiritual history.
Michael Velliquette's abundant, colorful cut paper works begs viewers to explore the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness. His labor-intensive method of making tends to imbue a sort of spiritual language that is uniquely specific to Velliquette's collages, sculptures and installations.
July 8 - September 2, 2016
RECEPTION: July 29 | 5 - 8:30pm | Artist talk at 7pm
Marzen has been invited to curate a summer exhibition at Bos Meadery's spacious tasting room. For the month of July you can catch Barbara Walton's unique encaustic work at the Meadery.
Barbara Walton's mastery of the encaustic medium and her interest in sustainability has launched a unique collaborative project between herself and the science department at the University of Iowa. Since 2005 they have been working to develop an alternative to the commonly used beeswax or petrol based microcrystalline wax using experimental soy based waxes. She initiated this collaboration with the intention of creating a wax that embodies the desirable characteristics of the more commonly used encaustic waxes but is also much more sustainably produced in comparison. This directly relates with the artist’s choice in subjects and reflects her beliefs on humankind’s connection with the world around them. Her works generally portray, in a rather poetic fashion, her belief that nature is a strong and active force in our lives. We are not separate from nature but rather one with it. Walton’s work is deeply meditative while simultaneously capturing a great deal movement in her horses, birds, bees, plants and elegant layered mandalas.
Artist Reception | June 4th 5-8pm at Bos Meadery | Artist talk at 6pm
This exhibition may be a little peculiar, delightfully unexpected, and executed with pristine simplicity. Both Jason Ruhl and Molly Carter have unique reductive processes in the way they work. Whether in a computer, with a blade or a pencil to paper, they distill their subjects and reincorporate them into contemplative, spacious compositions .
Molly Carter's longtime fascination with the world of fashion and the statement it makes on the rituals of femininity has driven her to dissect images she finds where she then paints, draws, collages and stitches them back to life. Her reconstituted and occasionally simplified subjects address and explore the roles of the female gender and sexuality.
Jason Ruhl's heavily refined compositions are inspired by songs he's invited friends and acquaintances to send him. Through printing and collaging he simplifies the representation of his subject matter until only the essence is divulged yet still creates an almost intimate connection with the viewer. Ruhl will then put together a box set containing 13 of his prints with a disc containing the songs they were inspired by and send them to the participants.
Artist Reception May 6th MMoCA Gallery Night 5pm-9pm
May 6th - July 1, 2016
In Omni Terra | Of the Earth
Gustavo Fares and Madison local, Katherine Steichen Rosing bring their work together in a unique exhibition that's as tranquil as it is stunning. Both artists express a conceptual interpretation of the timeless nature and beauty of Earth's natural places.
Fares' subjects and style bridges genres from vibrant arboreal abstracts to densely textured, abstract-representational landscapes. His broad range of work explores the limits of painting and its relationship to language and symmetries.
Rosing is intrigued by the rhythms found in tree bark and the serene movement in a quiet forest pool. Her works brilliantly express her intrigue by way of a deeply textured composition and layers of color that dance on the edge of abstraction, articulating the essence of her subjects.
March 11 - April 29 2016
Artist Reception: April 1st 5:30-9:00pm
Paintings by Ingrid Dohm and Tina Duemler
Marzen welcomes the new year with two award winning painters who capture fleeting moments in various rich settings with their flowing range of colors and bold, impressionistic brushstrokes. From still life to plein air Dohm and Duemler successfully invoke feelings of familiarity in their stylized scenery. Largely inspired by the Midwestern landscape, this collection of paintings appeals to those who've found home and beauty in the changing seasons of the Midwest
OPENING RECEPTION JANUARY 8, 2016 | 5pm-9pm
CLOSING RECEPTION MARCH 4, 2016 | 5pm-9pm
Read about it in the Wisconsin State Journal here: On View | Moments Impressed
This striking group exhibition gives art a chance to shine like never before at Marzen! Luminous Flux explores lighted sculpture and conceptual art forms ranging from neon, large scale installation pieces to sculptural glass works. Featuring some of Madison's most notable artists working in light, this illuminated collection of work brightens the dark days of winter.
November 24-January 2
Reception: December 4, 5pm-9pm
coinciding with Atwood Winnebago Winterfestival
Participating artists are:
Katherine Steichen Rosing
This exhibition is inspired by altar making traditions in Mexico for the Day of the Dead but community and personal altars of remembrance are created all over the world. Building upon last year’s celebration at Edgewood College Gallery, Marzen and Edgewood invite Madison community members to honor a community or person by creating and displaying personal altars of remembrance and celebration. Participants are invited to share the stories and memories of those they are honoring at the gallery celebrations.
In tandem with the Remembrance and Celebration exhibition, Marzen will have artwork on display by regional artists in Memoria Viventis (Living Memory). This exhibition is held in recognition of world-wide ritual celebration of the lives of our ancestors. This colorful selection of work celebrates past and present life through exploration of spiritual, personal and historical contexts.
R & C | Memoria Viventis Reception October 30th 5pm-8:30pm
Featured artists include:
For those interested in creating an altar box to be displayed at Marzen during the Remembrance and Celebration exhibition in collaboration with Edgewood College Gallery.
September 3-October 3 Pick up boxes at Marzen or Edgewood College
September 24-25 Shrine building at Threshold | 12-4pm
October 5-6 Drop off shrines at Marzen for display
Information and Guidelines
Shrine Building Workshop - Sept 24-25
- Requested donation of $15-$25
- To register call or email Efrat at 608.220.8849 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bring your own box and your own materials to decorate your shrine
- Check the At Threshold facebook page for more information
-24x36 in or 24x16 available
- No lit candles please
- Can be personal or a group effort
- Boxes will be stacked, do not decorate the top of the box
- Make sure boxes are well balanced and stable
- On the backside include 1.Maker/ 2.Title/ 3.In Honor Of...
- To reserve your box call Marzen or email email@example.com
- You may stop in during regular gallery hours to pick up a box without a reservation
- Boxes distributed from Marzen will be shown at Marzen. To reserve a box at
Edgewood College call 608.663.3252
Leslie Iwai and Anna Lambrini Moisiadis collaborate to create a truly unique exhibition at Marzen. Their use of unconventional materials creates an environment in which their installations come alive and interact within the space, elevating them from simply being displayed to a provocative, engaging experience. Their works are layered with their personal history, meditations on physical reality and symbolic concepts which time and time again are perceived in both their illustrative work as well as their large-scale installations. These themes are emphasized in the creative processes by which their works are sometimes painstakingly constructed, which have as much gravity to the artists as the finished product.
Closing Reception October 2, 2015 5pm-9pm
Gallery Night Fall 2015
“Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so. You're entirely Bonkers.
But I will tell you a secret, all the best people are.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the classic children's story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Artists Sarah Aslakson and Elsie Berget pay visual homage to the internationally recognized novel in this adventurous show.
Opening Reception July 24 preceeding Atwoodfest
Show runs July 7 - August 8, 2015
Join Marzen for a two day open house where a broad selection of nationally and internationally renowned artists will be represented in our first ever Fine Art Trunk Show! Featured will be over 100 original works of art on paper and stretched canvas. This show is geared towards professionals but all are welcome to attend and browse for their next piece of original art!
Friday June 12 we will extend our hours from 11am-7pm
Marzen’s photographers bring their unique styles together to masterfully demonstrate the evocative breadth of photography through technique and form. This show is a synthesis of new and seasoned talent depicting subjects varying from majestic landscapes to avant garde abstraction. Featured in this exhibition are Alex Connelly, Todd Klassy, Brent Nicastro and Mark Weller.
Opening Reception June 5, 2015 5pm-8:30pm
Show runs June 2 - June 27, 2015
Join Marzen in celebrating the prints of Madison printmaker Paula Schuette Kraemer. Paula's work is a sort of memoir of her life experiences in that her images reflect nostalgia, passage of time, love of nature, anxieties and so on, while simultaneously instilling a familiarity that her audience is able to recognize as their own. Due to her printing process, there's often a strong sense of movement and poise in her subjects, bringing timeless vitality to the editions she prints. Continuing her legacy, Marzen will host some of her most recent prints which have not yet been revealed elsewhere.
Opening Reception on MMoCA's Spring Gallery Night May 1st 5pm-9pm
Paula Schuette Kraemer will be speaking about her work at 7pm
Feature in Madison Magazine: PRINTS CHARMING AT GALLERY MARZEN
Rhea Vedro is a metalsmith and educator who enjoys an active studio practice in both steel sculpture and jewelry. She is fascinated by the trajectory of humankind’s relationship with metal -- sourcing it from the earth and learning to refine it into objects of beauty, war, value, infrastructure, ceremony and industry. Rhea holds an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to her community arts education work, she taught in the Art Departments at SUNY- New Paltz and at the UW-Madison. Rhea was awarded scholarships to craft schools Haystack, Penland and Peters Valley where she studied blacksmithing and steel engraving. Her sculpture exhibition record includes: Times Square Gallery in NYC, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, The Clara Hatton Gallery in Fort Collins, CO, and The National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis TN.
Opening Reception- March 13, 2015 5pm-8pm
Andy has been Master Printer at Tandem Press (UW-Madison), since 1988. Prior to this he printed at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Arizona State University and his BFA at the Center for Creative Studies-School of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan.
The body of work represented in The Weight of Weather depicts landscapes of the mind, inspired by Antoni Gaudi, Frank Gehry, Saul Steinberg and Ben Shahn. These new works are rooted in abstracted architecture, blocks of stackable shapes, and repetitious doodles that develop into landscapes, buildings and clouds. The pieces are not intended to be political in nature, but know that they tell a story about human manipulation of the environment and our ecology. So be it.
The opening reception for The Weight of Weather will be held on January 16th 2015 5pm-7:30pm
Come celebrate a collaborative art experience featuring a wide range of local artists and mediums at Marzen’s bazaar this upcoming holiday season.
Participating Artists Include:
Aaron Laux • Amy Anderson • Alex Connely • Andy Rubin • Cherie St Cyr • Door Pottery • Drazen Dupor • Elsie Berget • *Innad* • Jarka Sobiskova • Kathie Korth • Peter Korth • Larry Price • Kristin Joiner • Kelly Webster • Mark Lajiness • Mary Calley • Nathaniel Hunter • Rhea Vedro • Sandra Klingbeil • Stephani Becker • Terry Mckillip • Tina Mckillip • Tracy Drier
In the spirit of giving back to our community, a portion of Marzen’s proceeds will be donated to The River Food Pantry. On December 5th there will be a bin in the foyer for non-perishable food items.
Festivus Bazaarus Events:
November 26th Opening Day* 11am-4pm
December 5th Atwood-Winnebago Winter Festival 5pm-9pm
December 20th Solstice Reception 12pm-4pm
* We will not have an event this day. We will be open for AmEx Small Business Saturday 11/29, though we will not be on their list of participants.