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"3 Grand Game Birds" - Oil Painting by Jonathan Wilde "3 Grand Game Birds" - Oil Painting by Jonathan Wilde

Monroe Arts Center Presents...

       Mostly From My Collection
                                    by Jonathan Wilde

For over 45 years Wisconsin artist Jonathan Wilde has been capturing the landscape and wildlife of his homeland of south-central Wisconsin with paint. This nationally acclaimed realistic painter has been described as one of Wisconsin's best landscape and wildlife artists.  He is the son of Jon Wilde, a nationally recognized artist.

Because of being raised by an artistic, outdoorsman father who brought his young son on adventures in and around his hometown of Evansville, Wilde's oil paintings are a keen observation of the natural world.  Throughout his career, he has shared his connection with the wooded hills and river valleys of the northern United States, as well as the pastoral landscapes of the Midwest.  Many of Wilde's works are created in plein aire, which allows him to capture the essence of time and place within the landscape.

With so many variations in season, weather, and time of day, Wilde feels he is never at a loss to find stimulating places to paint. He lives just 15 miles from his boyhood home and a majority of the pieces he has painted (he averages about 30 per year) have been inspired by the land and wildlife directly surrounding him.
Exhibit Opens  April 7, and runs through June 9, 2017.  Opening Reception is Friday, April 7, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Gallery Talk 5:30 pm
MAC - Wellington and Muranyi Galleries 1315 11th Street Monroe, Wisconsin.

Still Life Drawing Still Life Drawing

DAA to Host Still Life Workshop at the Monroe Arts Center

Saturday April 15 and May 20, 2017 at Monroe Arts Center in Monroe Wisconsin.  Noon to 4pm.

Second floor classroom, bring an interesting item to add to our still-life display and let’s draw.  You must provide your own drawing materials, (no oil paints and solvents, please). Everyone is welcome to attend.


DAA members are encouraged to bring a friend. No need to RSVP. FREE

Adult Plein Air Workshop: Offered by LSRWA - Seasons of the Sugar River - Nature of Water Workshop at the Belleville Community Park (shelter #3), in Belleville, WI. June 3,2017, led by artists Jan Norsetter and Jonathan Wilde.

Come explore the watershed at this one day sketching, drawing, & painting workshop, Jan & Jonathan will share their expertise as you capture the beauty of the Lower Sugar River Watershed. Register no later than Friday, May 26, 2017 for the June 3 workshop. Cost is $75 for the general public or $60 for MAC & LSRWA members.  Visit the Calls for Art page to get all the forms & details.

'Join fellow Driftless Area Artists at the ART SHED at Patrick and Lori McGowan's house on Saturday, June 24 from Noon to 3pm. Bring your art supplies and some snacks. Patrick and Lori will provide beverages. We can make Art in the shed, on the back deck or use the shed as home base if anyone wants to do some plein air art in the countryside nearby. The address is N6886 County N. Parking is available in the driveway. Come join us for some fun!

DAA to Host  Four Live Model Life Drawing Studios at MAC 

Two sessions will be held in July, the 20th & 27th, and two sessions in August, the 3rd & 10th 6-9pm

in Westly Hall at the Monroe Arts Center in Monroe

Driftless Area Artists Live Model Life Drawing Studio at the Monroe Arts Center,

Visit our DAA in the News page for all the details.  

Sign up earlie only 20 seats available for each workshop!


The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator to host the Driftless Area Artists in July 2017.


 Read more in our DAA in the News or our Calendar or in the Calls for Art


Who are the Driftless Area Artists?
First off, we are not artists who wander aimlessly in the name of art!  Our group’s name originates from the region's hills and valleys and its peculiar terrain as the result of its having escaped glaciation in the last glacial period.  Our Driftless Area covers much of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. A beautiful area in which we live, work, and create art.  
We are painters and potters, wool workers and woodworkers, photo takers, mosaic makers, and jewelry creators.  Whether our tool of choice is brush, pencil, needle, wheel, chisel, or lens, we love sharing our art with each other and with surrounding communities.
We welcome artists of any level into our organization. 

We are “committed to nurturing the artistic growth and development of artists.” 
Membership applications are available below, so download yours today.

Be on the lookout for Driftless Area Artists Exhibits in your area.

Visit our Calendar or News sections for more details.

Download the Driftless Area Artists Membership Application

Love Art? Want to be a Part of the Action?
Click Open Brochure to find out the benefits of becoming a Driftless Area Artist
Print it out. Fill it in. Mail it to us. Really, it's that easy. Come join us today! Still only $25 annually.
Dues are payable in January each year.
Memberships run Jan 1st to Dec 31st.

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DAA Art Gallery

If Your Business, Group, or Organization, are looking for Art Submissions or Have

Calls for Art...

Then please send the details to us here so we can include them on our "CALLS FOR ART" Page

Please include a contact name and number along with the specific details

2016 - 2017 Driftless Area Artists Board of Directors;

President - Joan Stackpole

V.P. - Patrick McGowan

Treasure - Jane Olson Secretary - Mary Zierold


Driftless Area Artists are sponsored in part by the

Monroe Arts Center

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm
Be Sure to Check out the Newly Remodled & Expanded 

 Monroe Arts Center

1315 11th Street Monroe, WI 53566  Phone (608) 325-5700

Pens and Pencil made by DAA member George Siekert Pens and Pencil made by George Siekert

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Mission Statement 

the Driftless Area Artists is an Group committed to nurturing the artistic growth and development of artists. 

We strive to increase awareness of local art in the Driftless region of southern Wisconsin & northern Illinois. This includes networking, educational, and exhibition opportunities.

 All area artists are encouraged to join.  Applications forms are to the right

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