Abel Opening

Ceramics artist Ryan Meyers hands pieces to an attendee of an opening reception in September 2021.

Looking to mingle while checking out some art? An opening reception for three new exhibits at Abel Contemporary Gallery, 524 E. Main St., is free and open to the public from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7.

There will be new works featured by Tom Jaszczak and Helen Hawley, as well as a group show.

In “Still Life, A Minimalist Approach” Tom Jaszczak will display functional ceramics, influenced by the contemporary Minnesota pots he grew up admiring. Jaszczak uses a sodium fired technique to explore pastels, monochromatic schemes, and other muted colors.

In “Drained Lake,” her first exhibition at Abel Contemporary Gallery, Helen Hawley creates an installation using everyday materials, including paper, canvas, clay, and found objects, transforming them into lake sediment. Hawley’s artwork includes a wide variety of media, from painting to sculpture, to visual texts and poetry. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and Beijing and included in the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

The ”Beautiful Fiction” group show exhibition explores artists’ use of stories, myths, parables, legends in visual art; and conversely, how viewers bring their own set of internalized narratives and project them in viewing a work of art. Artists in this exhibit include Theresa Abel, Randall Berndt, Jessica Calderwood, Kelly Connole, Gerit Grimm, Kelli Hoppmann, Larassa Kabel, Debbie Kupinsky, Marlene Miller, and Ariana Vaeth.

Parking is available on the east side of the building and free street parking is available.

Visit AbelContemporary.com for more information.

Reporter Neal Patten can be reached at npatten@wisconsinmediagroup.com

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