Five New Artists Grace the Screens and Spaces of Madison’s Central Library

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:35am

The Central Library’s July-August gallery exhibits feature four new shows displaying the work of five local artists throughout the library.  As part of the library’s NIGHT LIGHT after hours event series, there will be an opening night celebration of the shows on July 11 from 8-11 pm.  As part of the NIGHT LIGHT: SUMMER OF LOVE event, there will be live music on the third floor by Cowboy Winter and The Flavor that Kills, drinks by Forequarter, and a presentation by local artist Mallory Shotwell, organizer of the A Discourse on Love project (
The upcoming July - August art exhibits at the Central Library offer a wide range in style, medium, and artistic background. Visitors can start on the first floor to experience two artists’ take on their environment. Chuck Bauer’s exhibit of en plein air paintings, works done “in the open air,” invites the viewer into his experience of nature. On the video art screen, Christine Olsen shows her perspective on the human condition in works that activate the viewer in the space.
On the second floor, mother and son artists Terri Connelly Cronk and Alex Connelly have collaborated to create Willful Reflections of a Nurtured Soul, works that inspire a shared vision of evanescence. Terri Connelly Cronk, working with pen, ink, watercolor, graphite, pastel, and colored pencil, relays her ideas regarding a constant state of flux through a developing abstract artistic style. Alex Connelly’s photos capture moments in time that express an interest in form and abstraction. Their ideas on change and the fleeting moment expressed through their differing styles work well to create a discourse within the collection that then carries over to the library and its visitors.
In the Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery on the third floor, Sarupa Sidaarth’s paintings relate to social and political events and discussions through the appliqué of painterly embellishment. In her latest series ‘Suspension’ she exposes the painful conventions of our society and explores the possibility of the new.