Ti Chi by DAA member Meredith Dragovich
Ti Chi by DAA member Meredith Dragovich
Driftless Area Artists - Welcome You...
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Held at the Monroe Theatre Building - 910 16TH Avenue, Monroe, Wisconsin

Across from the Monroe Public Library.

Join in on the fun at this years figure-drawing STUDIO

This is NOT a class. There will not be an instructor, but artists may ask for participant critics during breaks. Models will wear swim wear for the first hour and a MTG costume of their choice the second hour. Artists from 14 years and older are welcome. All drawing skills and mediums are invited.

Artists provide their own art supplies. Please bring a ground cloth to protect the floor if you are using a messy mediums. You may enter the front doors and walk to the rear of the building, then go up the stairs and straight ahead to the rehearsal hall area. Call Joan at 608 558-2769 for more information or late registrations.

Print out the form below, fill it out, and mail it along with your check make check payable to Driftless Area Artists

Mail to: The Monroe Arts Center P. O. Box #472, Monroe, WI 53566

Check the 2018 Sessions you will be attending

June 19th ____ July 10th ____

June 23rd ____ July 14th ____

4 Sessions Each Studio Session $20.00 / DAA Member $15.00

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2018 Figure-Drawing Registration
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Driftless Area Artists Sponsor Inaugural Youth Art Show

Driftless Area Artists team with McGowan Architecture to start an art show for local middle school students.

Local youth artists awarded cash prizes in inaugural youth art show currently on display at the Brodhead Public Library.

Eleven 7th & 8th grade artists were awarded 12 cash prizes at an April 16 awards ceremony for the inaugural Youth Art Show sponsored by the Driftless Area Artists and McGowan Architecture. The show awarded a total of $275.00 in prize money for 12 works of art that were selected from a field of 43 submissions. Five schools, including Albany Middle School, Brodhead Middle School, Juda Middle School, Monticello Middle School and New Glarus Middle School participated in the show. The works of art were judged by Kathy King, a well known local artist and art teacher at Monroe High School, Gigi Mullen, an artist from Durrand, IL and Patrick McGowan, architect and owner of McGowan Architecture. 

Best of Show, a $50 award, was given to Lorilei Pagett (Juda Middle School) for her work Garden Bee, done with copic markers. All of the judges were impressed that this work had been executed by a middle school artist. The confidence in the line work and the quality of the rendering were impeccable.

The Driftless Prize and Artist’s Prize, both $35 awards, were given to Camden Pryce (Albany M.S.) and Ben Lukszys (New Glarus M.S.) respectively. Camden’s work is a mixed-media piece with a graphic novel called Sword and Comic Book. This piece showed a very creative and active imagination at work.  Ben’s piece, Self Portrait is an acrylic painting. It is a finely drawn and painted self portrait, executed with a bold color combination, that is a true reflection of the artist.

Three Judge’s Choice Awards, each a $20 award, were given. The first was given to Abigail Hennessey (Albany M.S.) for Rising Sun, an abstract painting using both acrylic and spray paint. The judges admired the artist’s willingness to step into the world of abstract work.

The second award was given to Dylan Fritz (New Glarus M.S.) for his mixed-media sculpture titled Smaug, The Impenetrable. This work is a finely crafted piece created with found objects assembled to create a fierce dragon.

The final Judge’s Choice Award went to Salynne Pendergrass and Sam Patchen (both from Albany M.S.) for their colored pencil and marker piece titled Beauty. Beauty is a wonderfully drawn and rendered portrait of a tranquil, beautiful young girl.

A People’s Choice Award was also given as part of the show. The public had an opportunity to vote for their favorite piece and an award was given to the work of art receiving the most votes. When the 53 votes were counted, it was Onnika Oliver (Brodhead M.S.) who was awarded the People’s Choice Award for her work titled Self Portrait #2. The work is a wonderful value study, executed in acrylic paint that really reflects the character of the artist who created it.

Five Honor Awards, each a $15 award, were also given as part of the show. Each work given an Honor Award exhibited characteristics that appealed to the judges.

Abigail Hennessey won her second award in the show for her mixed-media sculpture titled The Universe is More Than Just One Thing. Sam Patchen also won his second award in the show for his tempra painting titled Cloud Colors. The third Honor Award went to Mataya Mordhorst (Brodhead M.S.) for her transformational sculpture titled The Fox + The Paint. This piece used one form, a cast of Mataya’s hand to represent another form, that of a fox. Nichole Lehr (Monticello M.S.) was the winner of the fourth Honor Award for her acrylic painting Daisy, which used both abstract and representational styles to portray a flower. The final Honor Award was given to Maddie Deegan (New Glarus M.S.) for Under the Sea, an origami piece that used an abstract geometric and kaleidoscopic composition to represent a colorful undersea world.

The awards ceremony was well attended by over 50 people that included the artists, family and friends of the artists, the art teachers from the schools involved, the judges and members of the Driftless Area Artists. The show, at the Brodhead Public Library, will run until April 30.

DAA Member Meredith Dragovich

Wins Gallery Choice Award at the

WOMEN'S WORKS 31 Anniversary Exhibit



"Women of the Globe"  mosaic took the "Gallery Choice Award" at Women's Work 2018, the 31st. all women international juried annual exhibit  at the

Old Courthouse Art Center

Exhibit dates:March 10, 2018—April 14, 2018


Old Courthouse Arts Center
101 North Johnson Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
phone (during gallery hours only): (815) 338-4525
web: www.oldcourthouseartscenter.org
general email: questions@oldcourthouseartscenter.org


Congratulations! This is the second award this piece has received.


2018 Wisconsin Regional Arts Program Competition and Exhibition

at Monroe Arts Center.   Registration Deadline Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5:00 pm  $30.00 fee Artwork Delivered  ONLY on April 6th or 7th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Artists' Workshop at MAC, Saturday, June 12th, 9:30 - Noon  

 2017-2018 Wisconsin Regional Art Program:

Schedule of upcoming exhibitions and workshops


DAA Volunteers needed help set up workshop with visiting artist and MAC staff.  Call Lori at MAC at 608-325-5700

MAC monthly Art Critique  will meet at the Monroe Arts Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The group, led by various guest facilitators, will show samples of their artwork, demonstrate technique, and lead a positive group critique along with discussion. This is a free meeting and is open to all levels of artists. Participants are asked to follow positive and constructive critique guidelines. For questions, contact Monroe Arts Center at 608-325-5700.

Come join the Driftless Area Artists for Saturday Drawing Studio's this winter at the Monroe Arts center in Monroe WI 1-4pm DAA Saturday Drawing Studio's start Jan. 20,2018

Winter Saturday Drawing Studios Begin Jan 20,2018

For our second year, Driftless Area Artists will offer free Saturday Drawing Studios at Monroe Art Center. 1-4pm

We will be in the second floor classroom at MAC.  Bring your own materials and something for our still life.  Draw or paint whatever strikes your fancy.  This is an informal studio with lots of sharing of ideas and support from all attending.  No registration is necessary and you are welcome to bring an artist friend to join us. We always love snacks.

Dates:  April 21st,  May  19th

1st ANNUAL DRIFTLESS YOUTH ART COMPETITION Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday evening, April 16, 2018 at the Brodhead Public Library

 Art Show / Exhibit / Competition

2018 Driftless Youth Art Show / Exhibit

Art work will also be eligible for a non-cash People’s Choice Award. This will be voted on by members of the public visiting the library. Votes will be limited to one vote per day.


Art works are to remain at the library for the full duration of the show.

Art works will be returned to your school’s art teacher during the first week of May 2018.

You may pick up your work from your teacher.

We’re excited to see your art !!!


Email Director here or call 608-235-2751


Lower Sugar River Watershed Plein Air Workshops

Come explore the watershed at this one day sketching, drawing, and painting workshop, led by artists Jan Norsetter and Jonathan Wilde. Jan and Jonathan will share their expertise as you capture the beauty of the Lower Sugar River Watershed. Participants will bring their own supplies (see the registration form for a checklist) and a box lunch.

Cost is $75 for the general public at least 18 years of age or $60 for MAC and/or LSRWA members.

Print the PDF registration form, complete and mail via U.S. Post with your registration fee to:

Lower Sugar River Watershed Association, P.O. Box 256, Brodhead, WI  53530. 

Attention: http://www.lsrwa.org/get-involved/program-and-projects/adult-plein-air-workshop/

Completed registration forms need to be submitted by Friday, May 26th.

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 Board of Directors:

President - Joan Stackpole      

VP - Patrick cGowan

Secretary  - Merry Dragovich

Treasure - Terry Tackett

Board  -  Jim Ferris

Board  -  Mary Soddy 

BoardJeanne Ausmus  

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

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