Schlitz Audubon hosts seasonal artist exhibits throughout the year in our Art Gallery. Located on the second floor of our Visitor Center, the Art Gallery showcases local artists who create nature inspired art in a variety of mediums. The natural setting of the mezzanine gallery, which features museum quality lighting and fixtures, creates a warm ambiance and is a delightful space to view the work of talented artists. The gallery is wheelchair accessible by elevator.
September 8 – February 29
JoAnna Poehlmann is a Milwaukee–based artist who has been making art for over 60 years. She creates graphite drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolor, mixed media sculptures, and artist books. Her work is centered around the natural world and the beauty and humor she observes in it, also drawing heavily from the history of art and literature. Her works are delicate and meticulous, and have been exhibited nationally and internationally, appearing in several major collections. JoAnna studied at the Layton School of Art, Marquette University, and the University of Wisconsin, all in Milwaukee.
JoAnna Poehlmann says of the exhibit, “The focus of ‘Fin/Feather/Fungi/Frog/etc.’ mirrors some of the endless variety and subject matter in Nature that I try to reflect and express for others to experience. Schlitz Audubon seemed the perfect place to share my vision and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
Fox Point Bayside School District Art Show
April 23 – May 12
We are pleased to welcome students from Fox Point and Bayside to show their artwork for the 2nd annual Fox-Point Bayside School District Art Show. Students in 3rd through 8th grade submitted one piece of art from a school project to display at this exhibit. They learned the valuable skill of crafting artist statements for this show!
Trees and Their Houses
June 1 – August 31
An exhibit of ceramics showing the relationship between buildings and nature.
Heather Eiden, a Milwaukee-based artist who has been creating fine art ceramic tiles since the 1990s, will display her current exhibit entitled Trees and Their Houses. The show is comprised of a body of artwork called House Tiles, featuring an ebb and flow of buildings and nature carved out of clay, uncovering relationships between shape and texture. House Tiles attempt to balance organic and geometric rhythms of lines made with carving tools. This collection of tiles is an evolution of artwork she calls Everyday Icons and Story Tiles, which were previous iterations of her fine art ceramic tile work.
Heather said she loves working with clay as a means to feel connected with the earth. Her education includes a degree from the fine arts department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and an art education degree from Concordia in Mequon. Heather also studied architectural tile making at Anderson Ranch Art School in Snowmass, Colorado.