WVA State Presidentās report by Victoria (Tori) Tasch, WVA President
Your WVA State Board Officers for 2016-18:
President: Tori Tasch
Tasch teaches art to 3K-8th grade at St. Bruno Parish School, Dousman, WI and is a mentor artist at RedLine Milwaukee. She serves on the Exhibitions Committee for WVA South-East Chapter, is a Board member for Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art and maintains an active studio practice. Tasch has exhibited her sculptural books extensively in the U.S. as well as Vancouver, Mexico and Japan. She lives in Merton, WI with her husband and 2 year old terrier. In addition to making art she enjoys bike riding, gardening, travel, and reading. For more information please visit: www.toritasch.com
Vice-President: Liz Breed
Elizabeth Breed, the current Chair of the WVA South Central Chapter, is a retired academic librarian. She balanced her art endeavors throughout her life with a library career at Memorial Library, UW-Madison, and earlier at Columbia University, New York. Both provided an unexpected vehicle for artistic expression and growth in book arts, including calligraphy, bookbinding, and illuminating manuscripts. She taught in the Department of Art at the same institution. She now is working in photography and painting. She has an Icelandic horse named Nokkvi and is an avid reader.
Secretary: Christine Style
Christine Style is a Full Professor at UW-Green Bay teaching 2D Design and printmaking, and is active in the NE Chapter. She is on the board for Print Forum, a support group with the Milwaukee Art Museum and for Cedar Center Arts, the board that operates the ARTgarage in Green Bay, WI where she founded Summer Art Workshops for grades 1-19 (2016 marks its 10th year). She has exhibited regionally and nationally. In October, she and Tori Tasch present at the 2016 Mid-American Print Council Conference āPrint Matters, Printing Mattersā. Her work is part of the Really Big Print exhibit, at Rahr-West Art Museum (Aug.) and Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum (Nov.). Style is one of 50 UW-Madison Alumni selected for in the āBig Ten(t)ā alumni artist showcase, held at ArtHelix, New York City, Oct. 2016. She has taken students to Santa Rearata Intl. School of Art (SRISA) in Florence, Italy every other summer since 2002 via UWGB Office of Intl. Education. She is involved with the Nek Chand Foundation in Chandigarh, India. More information at: www.christinestyle.com
Treasurer: Rosie Hartmann
Hartmann is an accomplished photographer. Under the mentorship of Larry DāAttillio , she found direction and focus and was challenged to create at a higher level. Today this artist is a speaker, contributor and advocate on the topic of creating art. She has presented to other photographers on going beyond the camera. Rosie also volunteers for Black Cat Alley. More information at: www.rosiehartmann.com
NE Chapter Chair: RaeAnn Blom
RaeAnn Blom is an expressionistic, mixed media artist living in Appleton. RaeAnn works with acrylic paint incorporating diverse mark making, handmade papers, book pages and other various collage items, layering them with paint, color and texture. Elements and imagery portray emotions and stories within the freedom and mystery of abstraction. www.raeannblom.com
SE Chapter Chair: Heather Eiden
Heather Eiden is an art teacher at Milwaukee Montessori School and exhibits her art widely in the Milwaukee area. She has a degree in ceramics from UWM and a Masterās of Science in Art Education from Concordia University. Story tiles are her visual vocabulary and a kind of narrative therapy. She carves images into small clay tiles the size of a credit card. The tiles are her symbolic vocabulary and illustrate the relationship between childhood play and storytelling. She had developed a website with a friend called Craft Me Calm.