OUR FALL, 2018 EXHIBIT:  "Unwilling Adjustment

was at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art, 303 Water St.,

West Bend, Wisconsin, November 3 through December 28, 2018.​​​​​

First Place:
   Marcia Gorra-Patek - The Dance

Best of Show:
   Julia Pagenkopf - Rolling In

Artists' Choice Award:
   Susan Klabak - Lake Michigan Sunset​


Thank you, Gallery of Wisconsin Art, for hosting our Fall exhibit.  And a big thank-you to Dani Marino Graf, for acting as judge - not an easy job!

Here are the award winners:                              

Best of Show​: "In the Valley" by Colette Odya Smith, on the left with Judge Dani Graf.​

​​​​WPA 2016 FALL EXHIBIT:   Roberta A. Fiskum Art Gallery, ​James R. Connor University Center, 

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater​​​, "Once in a Blue Moon,"  ​November 16 - December 15.

​(Exhibit judge was Bill Chandler.)

First Place - Carol Chapman “Pouring Light into the Dark Side of the Moon”
Best of Show - Roberta Condon “Lonely, Dark and Deep”                  
Artists’ Choice - Roberta Condon “Above the Falls” 

  • "Snowy Lane" and "The Forest Speaks" were both sold at the show!


"Child's Dance #22" by Debbie Callahan. Judge's comments: "Wonderfully hypnotic and mixed-media, non-specific portrait. Lots of visual interest with the text appliques, and abstracted color. Dynamic tension create by violating the edges."

FIRST PLACE AWARD: 'Beginnings" by Julia Pagenkopf

SECOND PLACE AWARD: "Greenhouse" by Nancy Armitage​

THIRD PLACE AWARD: "Birthday Bash" by Chris Behrs

HONORABLE MENTION: "One Last Look" by Karen Wick

HONORABLE MENTION: "Sunset on the Prairie" by Marcia Hero

HONORABLE MENTION: "Gray Day" by Judy Grochowski

ARTISTS' CHOICE AWARD: "Koi A Plenty" by Jim Edlebeck

​WPA 2017 SPRING EXHIBIT:Greenfield Public Library, "Dream On," April 30 - May 26​.

(Exhibit judge was Jason Van Roo.)

WPA 2016 SPRING EXHIBIT:  The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, "The Artistic Side of Life,",

May 19 - July 17. (Exhibit judge was Deborah Brooks.)

Susan Klabak said: "The subject of the painting "Snowy Lane" is the driveway leading to my home. It depicts one of those beautiful winter days after a heavy snowfall and is  symbolic of the way I like to see the world, that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Third Place​:  "Driftless Dawn"  by Chris Zylka.

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Chuck Weber, our judge for the evening, and Debbie Callahan, winner of the Best of Show award.

​A Wisconsin native, Chuck studied marketing and art at St. Norbert College, followed by an MBA from UW-Madison and Marquette University. He was Creative Director and Principal of a Milwaukee-based ad agency and design firm. Now in his "encore" career, Chuck chases his one "true" passion, fine art. His preference for oils and an impressionist style translate into high energy works, featuring sun-lit subjects saturated with color. In recent years Chuck has gained a national reputation as a portrait artist.

​Chuck is a member of Oil Painters of America, The American Impressionists Society, the Portrait Society of America and the Society of American Portrait Artists. He is also a member of Wisconsin Visual Artists, the League of Milwaukee Artists and Waukesha West End Artists. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ARTS Waukesha and the Waukesha County Art Museum. 

Of "The Forest Speaks," Julia Pagenkopf said the inspiration came from a meadow in Door County on a late afternoon day in the spring. The light seemed to perfectly center on the meadow behind the trees, which seemed to be whispering to each other.

WPA 2018 SPRING EXHIBIT:    at the Art Bar, "Unintended Consequences,"

April 20 - May 23.  (Exhibit judge was Chuck Weber.)

​​​​WPA 2017 FALL EXHIBIT:  at the Oconomowoc Arts Center (OAC), "Until the Equinox," 

August 25 - September 23.​​​​​

Second Place​: "In Utah, the Clouds Always Scud" by Roberta Condon, left.

The WPA members wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Chuck Weber for the time he took in judging the exhibit and for the wonderful advice he generously gave at the opening reception to the artists.

Here are the artists who received awards:

First Place​: "Koi Ripples III" by Denise Presnell, right.

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Marcia Gorra-Patek, Vice President of the WPA Board, stands in front of her first place painting, "The Dance", with the Exhibit Judge, Jeanne Bjork.  Mrs. Bjork is head of the Pewaukee High School Visual Art Department, as well as WAEA 2015 Art Educator of the Year- Secondary Division. The WPA was delighted to have Mrs. Bjork perform the judging for the exhibit. 

First Place: Cherilynn Wood-1st place (Untitled #12)

Best of Show: Darron Lillian (South Guthrie Road)

Artists' Choice​: Mac Schuppert (Late Afternoon Light)

Exhibit awards were made to the following members:

Honorable Mentions:
          Alecia Schmitz “Roman Cafe” 
          William Holaday  “Copper Falls”
          Marcia Gorra-Patek “Heavy Sky” -
Third Place - Julia Pagenkopf - “Birches at Olbrich” -           
Second Place - Chris Behrs - “Endless Robs”

The following awards were presented to Members:

Honorable Mentions:

  Judy Grochowski (Washed-Out Pier) and

   Suzanne Manthe (Evening at the Marsh)

Third Place: Carol Chapman (Entrance to the Glowing Space)

Second Place: Chris Behrs  (Lake Superior Surf)

Artists' Choice Award: to Cynthia Dirtzu ​for "Water, Fire, Earth and Sky."

The following WPA members received awards:

Honorable Mentions:
   Suzanne Manthe -  Sunflower Tango
   Mac Schuppert - Whitefish Dunes Path

Third Place:
   Carol Chapman - ​Peony

Second Place:
   Julia Pagenkopf - I See Fire (in the


And Honorable Mentions went to:

  Nancy Armitage for "Winter Blues"

  Karen Brittain for "Hero"

  Cynthia Dirtzu for "Waiting for Spring"

  •   Susan Klabak for "Snowy Lane"

  Darron Lillian for "Center Drive"

  Suzanne Manthe for "Along the Way"

  •   Julia Pagenkopf for "The Forest Speaks"

  Mac Schueppert for "A View of Snake Island"