UU Gallery Features Paintings by Liz Maltman

By Estella Lauter

Liz spent most of her summers in Fish Creek while growing up in Chicago.  After majoring in art history and psychology in college, Liz moved to Door County where she bought an old farmhouse. Later, she and her partner Rick remodeled the original chicken coop on the property to show their art.  Marisch Gallery is open by appointment.

One of Liz’s first jobs was managing the Hardy Gallery.  She owned and managed a women’s art-to-wear clothing store, The Magic Jacket, for many years, sewing clothes and hand-painting them.  This business evolved into decorative painting of furniture and other objects or spaces.  In 2004, she discovered landscape painting “en plein air” and now she paints outside whenever possible, working in pastel, acrylic and oil.  In 2014 she was invited to participate in her sixth Plein Air Festival of artists from across the country sponsored by the Peninsula Art School.  She was also invited to participate in the fifth annual Door Prize for Portraiture at Chez Cheryl in Baileys Harbor and in the Hardy Gallery’s Collector’s Showcase exhibit. She continues to show in local and regional exhibits where she has won awards for both her landscapes and portraits.  Liz also enjoys teaching, especially beginners, at the Peninsula Art School, the Art Garage in Green Bay, and privately.

Her bright and innovative use of color, technique, and pattern express both her enthusiasm for the outdoors and her background in fabric and design.  Because she works en plein air most of the time, her work is directly influenced by the weather, temperature, wind velocity, time of day, etc. She almost never uses photos; the “accuracy” she seeks has more to do with the feeling and sense of a place, the light and atmosphere, than with the actual details of a scene.

Liz Maltman’s show will hang in the UU Gallery for the month of November; gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1 – 3 pm and Sunday from 11 – 12:30 pm.

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November Dickinson Poetry Series is a Family Affair

Stuart Brink

Stuart Brink

By Chuck Lauter

Earlier this year Loraine and Don Brink published a memoir entitled “Lives Long Lived.” The book contains poetry by Loraine and stories by Don. On Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm, the Brink family will be featured readers at the Dickinson Poetry Series. The reading will present her poetry and his prose. Don’s eyesight makes him unable to read, so his portions will be read by their son Stuart, a performer in his own right.

Don grew up in Oshkosh, majored in music at UWO and UW Madison, always creative he is now painting butterflies and fish to earn money for art supplies at the Meadows. His previous artistic work included chip carving and photography, but now his poor eyesight has changed the focus.

Stuart Brink was child number six of seven.  Growing up he was surrounded by art and music; he gravitated to the performing arts, music and theatre. Today he can be found playing guitar, singing, and performing with his rock and roll band.

Loraine describes herself as, “A poet trying to get serious about portraying life. I try to see the foibles and humor in my fellow man, be they friends or relatives who provide me with a little mirth. I have tried to write about birch trees, nature, and sea gulls, but that comes out as drivel, so now any topic is fair game.” (Ed. Note: She writes some very adventurous poems, like the one about visiting a strip bar with Don when they were on a trip. And she reads it with such grandmotherly innocence.) Brink was drawn to poetry after meeting Sister Bay poet Barbara Larsen. She took courses at The Clearing, attended poetry retreats at St. Joseph’s, and put on the cloak of a poet. Her work has been published in THE PULSE, WISCONSIN POET’S CALENDAR, FREE VERSE, AND VERSE WISCONSIN. She belongs to the Wallace and Unabridged poetry groups, and has placed second in the WFOP Triad Contest.

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Jeremy Irons Talks Trash for Movies That Matter

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Movies That Matter presents a film designed to make you think before you buy. The documentary Trashed will be viewed and discussed on Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 pm.

In this groundbreaking environmental documentary, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons explores the world’s most environmentally polluted places to reveal the extent our rubbish is affecting us and our planet. In this visually and emotional film which manages to be both horrific and beautiful, Jeremy takes us on a journey to explore the risks to the food chain and the environment through the pollution of our air, land and sea by household trash. This is a wakeup call but a positive one. It ends on a message of hope – we can all do something and stop the problem.

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