This Saturday night: Farm to Fork (to Fabulous!)

Opening reception Saturday, March 16, 7-10pm.

Showing with my friend and fellow artist Alicia Rheal in our From Farm to Fork (to Fabulous!) exhibit. The opening reception is a gala celebration and benefit for the Walls of Wittenberg. More info, and the poster, below. Highlight? Why Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats of course.

Poster for 'Farm to Fork (to Fabulous)' show, featuring artwork of S.V. Medaris and Alicia Rheal

This is going to be a really fun (and delicious) opening reception! (Click on poster to enlarge) And, if you drive up early, you can visit Nueske’s Company Store in Wittenberg (Sat. hours: 8-4).

The WowSpace is located at 114 Vinal St – Wittenberg, WI. Easy to find…Just look for the 8ft hanging hog carcasses and the giant pull-toy pig (cuts) in the front windows along the main street of downtown Wittenberg!

And here’s more info about the Walls of Wittenberg ongoing mural project.

One section of the wall installed for now….

Installing…. That’s an 18ft long Hampshire stud boar on right (the model, Pioneer is owned by Monson Show Pigs in Richland Center). And that’s an 8ft pull-toy pig in front window.

Graze cow done!

Done! Finished varnishing last week. Whew!

Wanted to get this uploaded before 2013, so here you go:

2 little terriers sit before a lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

We all breathe a sigh of relief at the completion and varnishing of the cow.

closeup of wisconsin products

Detail

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side 2.

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. Closeup: fish. Closeup of fish

Side 2, detail.

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. Closeup: fish. Closeup of fish

Here’s the whole progression from arrival of the white form to completion.

Cow for Graze restaurant

Graze Restaurant asked me to paint a cow for them. Here’s the progression (click any cow to enlarge), most recent progress at top.

If you want to read this from the beginning, starting with the delivery of the cow, just start reading at the bottom of this post and scroll up….

Done! Finished varnishing last week. Whew!

Wanted to get this uploaded before 2013, so here you go:

2 little terriers sit before a lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

We all breathe a sigh of relief at the completion and varnishing of the cow.

closeup of wisconsin products

Detail

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side 2.

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. Closeup: fish. Closeup of fish

Side 2, detail.

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. Closeup: fish. Closeup of fish

Pretty much done…

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side two almost done (gotta soften the pasture-to-black transition on the right side of the state, soften the udder-to-white-fur transition, and clean up the blacks and whites…)

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

A closer look…

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side one details corrected. Done.

November–almost December–Aaaack!

What a nightmare this has been. Should be easy-squeezy, but with the other deadlines in October/November…. Oh well. Working away on side two now–getting there! Here’s side one, pretty much finished (below):

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side one pretty much done

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

You can see that face is getting there–pretty much done.

Final (Side One) State of Wisconsin with products

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Wisconsin products modified (got rid of those white outlines around each object–just wasn’t working).

Side One almost done

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Side one almost done…still needs some rearrangement of black spots…

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

You can see the horns painted now (over the texture added in the step below). Face pretty much done. Eyes still need some work, but close…. Hooves made to look more realistic/3-d with painting in the shadows to create depth.

Adding texture to the horns

lifesize fiberglass cow: closeup of horn texture

To build up the texture in the horns, I glob on various acrylic gel mediums. This one is a mix of Golden’s molding paste and soft gel.

October 1 progress:

lifesize fiberglass cow painted with wisconsin-made products decorated on it's Holstein body. State of Wisconsin pattern on side of cow.

Some of the locally-sourced, Wisconsin(!) products that Graze uses in it’s cooking. Products blocked in, painting in progress.

September 23 progress:

fiberglass cow painted by S.V. Medaris, showing state of Wisconsin in cow fur, plus 2 small dogs in front of cow for scale

Black and white Holstein colors blocked in (with my little helpers, for scale of course).

September, 2012

lifesize fiberglass cow painted orange

Blocking in the distinctly Wisconsin ;-) Holstein fur pattern.

lifesize fiberglass cow with state of wisconsin fur shape on forehead

Underpainting begun on forehead–trully a Wisconsin Holstein….

lifesize fiberglass cow painted orange

First thing is getting the white out. A layer of orange as the colored ground to make subsequent layers on top glow…

Some info from an earlier post:
Aug. 20
Graze restaurant has commissioned me to paint a cow for their patio.

The design will be a holstein (modeled after one of the dairy cows milked at Sassy Cow Creamery, where Graze gets much of their dairy products). Incorporated onto the black/white holstein pattern, will be painted the specific, locally sourced products–produce, Highland beef, trout, etc (that Graze buys from local farmers in the area)–from which Executive Chef Tory Miller and the Graze team create the dishes on their menu.

It just arrived today…

Unwrapping

fiberglass cow becoming unwrapped from bubble wrap and cardboard

Yep, it’s a girl!

white, grazing fiber glass cow unwrapped standing on cement out in country

New cow (for Graze)

Graze restaurant has commissioned me to paint a cow for their patio.

The design will be a holstein (modeled after one of the dairy cows milked at Sassy Cow Creamery, where Graze gets much of their dairy products). Incorporated onto the black/white holstein pattern, will be painted the specific, locally sourced products–produce, Highland beef, trout, etc (that Graze buys from local farmers in the area)–from which Executive Chef Tory Miller and the Graze team create the dishes on their menu.

It just arrived today…

Unwrapping

fiberglass cow becoming unwrapped from bubble wrap and cardboard

Yep, it’s a girl!

white, grazing fiber glass cow unwrapped standing on cement out in country

Great Taste of the Midwest 2012

guy in beer costume

The Great Taste is the second longest-running craft beer festival in North America. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, read the synopsis at Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild, the folks behind The Great Taste of the Midwest.

<—- “Click me or any of the pics to enlarge!”

A big part of the fun of The Great Taste is people watching, and interacting with complete strangers who, for the most part, are super-friendly and love to ham it up for the camera. This year, accompanied by husband J and my sis, we had a great time. Here are some of the highlights:

Standing in line (for about 15-20 minutes–it was a really long line!!) at Three Floyds Brewing Company, waiting for just-tapped Molok-Old. It was worth the wait. The description included “… Chocolate, coconut, and vanilla liquid awesomeness.” It was.

standing in line for Three Floyds', Molok Oldstanding in line for Three Floyds beer, Molok Old
Three Floyds banner

Posers! Complete stranger on left. Those yellow capes are from Bell’s Brewery I believe. Everyone was wearing them–very funny to see beer drinking superheroes all day. My sis and our friend (Andrea’s) Mark on the right:

Caped Poserbeer holding festival go-ers

Below, preparation begins for the Chocolate/Beer pairings in the Presentation Tent (barn). This year’s pairings are Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier (chocolate) and Ale Asylum (beer).
Presentation tent--getting ready for beer/chocolate pairings

Here’s the list:
Chocolate and Beer pairings list with Gail Ambrosius and Ale Asylum

Everyone’s favorite? Pecan Praline and Contorter Porter:
Pecan Praline and Contorter Porter pairing

My favorite chocolate? Caramel with Sea Salt. Always. Hands down. Last year this was paired with Furthermore Brewery‘s Knot Stock. Unbelievable! Really fantastic. Here’s a whole tray of these delectable chocolates. One for everyone…
a tray of chocolates: Caramel with Sea Salt

Place was packed! Fortunately, beer drinkers on the whole seem to be a happy bunch.
Crowd closeup

Big crowd with tents

The crowd was big this year, full of quirky characters. Here is the Schlafly Beer Bottle Guy (from St. Louis) on left. On right, tempting him with pretzels, sis got Chicken Hat Guy to pose as well:
Schlafly beer bottle man/poser and friendchicken hat poser

This year’s Kuhnhenn Brewing theme: Kuhnhenn Dyasty: The year of Asian persuasion (on left). On the right, a Chicago South-sider who didn’t mind being mimicked by my sis. His recommendation for a brewery to visit in Chicago? Three Floyds, but only during off-hours he says. Kuhnhenn Brewing guy dressed up with braid and fu manchuChicago South-Sider posing with sis

We found out that with offerings of pretzels, you can get just about anybody to pose. It helps too that it’s almost impossible to say “no” to my sister:

Kuhnhenn folks posing with sister

Great graphics abound! Including this poster (featuring the tapping times at Half Acre), and the backs of shirts:

Half Acre Tap Times

Wonderful logos everywhere!:

King Puff logo3 Dachshunds tee

And sayings on backs of…backs. Wonder if this guy enjoyed the Real Ale tent.

Unfiltered advertisement on man's lower back

The scary zombie folks at New Holland Brewing Company. This year’s theme: Zombie Prom:

Would you take a beer from this zombie? I thought so…
New Holland zombies serve beer

Pictured below: Bubblelicious Weisse from the folks at Leinenkugel’s Brewing Co. The little bubble balls were delicious!

Bubblelicious Weisse

Leiny’s description: This classic sour German beer is served with an Asian bubblelicious twist. This new addition is a translucent gummy ball that contains flavored juices in the center which “pops” with every bite. The bursting bubbles come in Lychee, Mango, Orange, Passion Fruit, or Strawberry.

Perhaps my favorite photo of the day…. It was nearing the end of the festival, and we noticed this solitary figure defending her space “in line”. As you can see, no one was questioning her. The cape lends authority don’t you think?

No entry (super woman first in line)

The Tunnel of Mortality

The Tunnel of Mortality, a life-size tunnel-book installation at Artisan Gallery, has been extended to September 9th, 2012! The next reception is Friday, July 27, 2012, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery.

Here’s some shots (click any image to enlarge):

Door's entrance to old cheese cooler with show title: S.V. Medaris, The Tunnel of Mortality, inside reveals dark, wallpapered room.

“Come in.” said the spider to the fly….

Once you step in the door, you are in a floor-to-ceiling, darkly wallpapered, little anteroom, about 8ft x 8ft.

fancy-framed portraits on dark wallpapered walls

Back wall and right corner of anteroom

ornate wallpaper, fancy-framed portraits

Chairs are upholstered in the same, matching, printed fabric as the walls.

The richly detailed wallpaper is actually a 10in x 10in linocut pattern printed black onto burgundy duckcloth. About 480 times. If you look closely at one of the “tiles” you will see the underlying theme of the show:
plucked chicken, intestines, bones, axes, chicken foot...

If you look behind you to your right, the outside light looks blinding compared to the dramatic low lighting surrounding you.

taxidermied chicken on low table next to portrait hung on densely patterned wallpapered wall

Taxidermy chicken NOT for sale.

As you step through the door, into the anteroom, The Tunnel of Mortality is that big framed piece on the right-hand wall. It looks like any other of the framed woodcuts, except as you walk towards or by it, it changes (since it’s a 3-dimensional space, not a flat piece). If you’re not paying attention though, it doesn’t “read” as an interior space, but rather a mirror…or something. A number of visitors were looking behind and above them to figure out where the projector was. Most think it’s a mirror, but can’t figure out how come they don’t see their reflection.

Fancy framed portraits on dark wallpapered walls, and low table covered in matching tablecloth

Matching tablecloth and upholstery! This is really the only time I’ve gotten into “interior decorating” (in our real house, nothing matches. I mean, who has time when it takes this long to make pretend rooms?).

Walk into the center of the room, turn to your right, and there’s the tunnel.

fancy frame contains busy collage of farm animals and farm life

The Tunnel of Mortality, framed.

I’m not going to try to explain how this looks in real life, since you really have to go experience it to get it. Suffice it to say, that it’s confusing at first since you can’t quite tell what you’re looking at. Some have said it feels like a mirror.

And here’s a cropped panorama of the center section:

scene filled with relief-printed farm animals, carcasses and scenes of farm life

All woodcut or linocut prints on fabric or Tyvek.

Reception is this Friday, 5-9pm at Artisan Gallery (directions).
And the show is up through September 9th.

So, come check it out!
Experience the tunnel!
Sign the camouflaged guestbook!
Read some of the entries in the guestbook here.

cloth-covered book matches pattern of tablecloth