Abstracts Spotlighted at The Hardy Through October

The Hardy Gallery presents its fourth and final exhibit of the season, Surfaces – a show devoted to large-scale contemporary abstract painting. The exhibit will be on view now through Oct. 14.

Abstract painting is a broad category for non-figurative artworks that focus on line, form and color, elements that can be considered the principal building blocks of abstract art since the beginning of the 20th century. This exhibit will feature five Midwest artists who approach abstract painting through a variety of different methods. From strong gestural brushstrokes to hard-edged abstraction, minimalism and open compositions with broad washes of color, the exhibit aims to survey how abstract painting evolved from the post WWII era, when Abstract Expressionism was considered the most dominant artistic movement of its time.

Executive Director Sarah Zamecnik said, “As abstract painting is on the rise in contemporary art circles, The Hardy Gallery felt it was important to devote its last exhibit as a learning opportunity for the public to gauge what abstract art is and how it derived as a completely American art form caused by political upheaval.”

Exhibiting artists include: Tom Berenz (Milwaukee), Shar Coulson (Chicago), Emmett Johns (Door County), Margaret Lockwood (Door County) and Shane Walsh (Milwaukee).

Admission to the gallery is free. The gallery is located in the heart of Ephraim’s historic district on Anderson Dock (3083 Anderson Lane). For more information visit

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