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‘Whispers of Tranquility' opens at new MAGallery

July 31, 2020 - 00:00
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    Madison Artist Guild has found a new space for its gallery on West Jefferson Street.
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    Artist Bev Jones stands with pieces of her work currently on exhibition at MAGallery. CONTRIBUTED
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    Many of artist Bev Jones’ pieces are inspired by nature.
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    Artist Elizabeth Collins’ face sculptures are among the first pieces people see when walking into MAGallery.
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    Madison Artist Guild members have a large selection of work available for purchase inside MAG’s new space on West Jefferson Street.

Madison Artists Guild Gallery (MAGallery) has announced the opening of “Whispers of Tranquility,” a special exhibition of works by popular local artist Bev Jones. “Whispers of Tranquility” will be on exhibition at the Gallery’s new location at 125 W. Jefferson Street through the end of October. The gallery will host a Meet the Artist Open House on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, in honor of Jones and her work, and invites the public to attend.

Over the course of Jones’ painting career, her interests, subjects and media have naturally changed.

“Painting has been a passion and therapeutic activity for me for the past 16 years,” Jones said. “Initially, I painted watercolor greeting cards for family and friends, but my interests quickly evolved.”

A self-taught artist, Jones shared that she is inspired by “the experiences that jar me, as well as the still moments with my children. I am particularly inspired when alone, immersed in the natural world,” which Jones says heightens her senses and affects mood. “From a cascading waterfall to a quiet moment alone in the woods, these times facilitate self-discovery.”

Jones works in various sized canvases but is most recognizable for large canvases in acrylic and in ink. “Whispers of Tranquility” includes 12 works of varying sizes and media with subjects evoking the naturalistic world. MAGallery is honored to host Jones’ work as its first temporary exhibition in its new home.

In addition to showing works of visiting artists in temporary exhibitions, MAGallery represents over 20 artists whose original works are always on view. Potters, painters, jewelry makers, glass and fabric artists, wood turners and authors comprise the exhibiting gallery artists. On any given day, visitors to MAGallery are likely to see one of them at work. An online store provides round-the-clock access to the artists’ creative works - www.themadisonartistsguild.org.

MAGallery’s new home at 125 W. Jefferson Street in Madison offers a bright and artistic setting for showcasing art. Building owners Karen and Peter Wibell meticulously renovated the 1930 building with an art gallery in mind and have succeeded in producing an illuminating space. Gallery lighting, refinished wood floors and exposed brick walls add luster and provide contrast to the hundreds of pieces of original art. Combined with high ceilings and generous well-lit retail window displays, the Gallery has an “arty” feel and creates an inviting environment for art makers and appreciators alike.

The Madison Artists Guild is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to education in and encouragement of artistic endeavors in its members and the community. The guild gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 125 W. Jefferson Street in Madison.

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