Plein Air: Cedarburg's Best
May 27 - September 12, 2021
Since 2001 with the very first Cedarburg Plein Air Event, either the Ozaukee Bank or its later foundation called The Gift to the Future Fund has provided the event’s Best of Show Purchase Award. All of these stellar artworks are now in the Cedarburg Art Museum Collection. Thirteen of these Best of Show paintings are on display at the museum this summer while the remainder are on display at the Cedarburg Public Library year-round.
Marc Anderson, The Meeting Place, 2018, oil on board, 14x11 inches
Collection Cedarburg Art Museum, Ozaukee Bank Gift to the Future Fund, 2018.07
Don Esser: Forging Ahead
June 2 - October 3, 2021
Reception: Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Waunakee sculptor Don Esser has been hammering and twisting metal since 1976. For over 30 years, he worked solely with black iron until one day he came across stacks of boxes filled with vintage stained glass at an antique mall. From then on, Esser has been reinventing traditional blacksmithing methods by incorporating colored glass and manipulating metal into organic shapes.
Throughout the Cedarburg Art Museum’s sculpture garden this summer, metal forms rooted in the function of weather vanes are featured alongside earlier, more abstracted works that reflect a sense of fluidity with minimal lines and playful geometric shapes. In all of his sculptures, Esser approaches each piece with a sense of childlike fearlessness. For Esser, creating sculpture is “a little like stealing fire from the gods and [his] goal is to put a bit of that sense of wonder into each piece.”
In Cedarburg Art Museum's 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, artists are challenged to illustrate subjects within their own “one square mile” in a square (or cubical) format. Current times have offered a multitude of opportunities for exploring neighborhoods close to home. Perhaps there are micro areas never noticed before or recent changes in the neighborhood. Or perhaps now personal interactions in our community are important.