Ongoing art exhibits
Local artists and friends Sara Qualey and Judith Newberry view our world in unique ways. Their paintings express their emotional reaction to what they see. Sara’s oil paintings are often inspired by the commonplace objects we use in everyday life. She uses color, light and space to create a composition that draws attention to things often overlooked. Judith finds inspiration for her watercolor and oil paintings from many sources… light, color, shapes, motion. She looks intently at a subject and works to reveal its essence. An exhibit of their paintings is being held at the Sherman and Ruth Weiss Community Library in Hayward, WI. The show runs from October 5 until mid-January 2019.
Sara, an Indiana native, studied at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received a BA in studio art from the University of Minnesota. After 20 years of running an advertising/graphic design business in Rochester, Minnesota, she and her musician husband moved to the north woods near Cable, Wisconsin.
She has exhibited paintings in the Arrowhead Biennial and Wisconsin Artists Biennial as well as in group exhibitions at Scottsdale Artists’ School (Scottsdale, AZ), Tweed Museum (Duluth, MN) and University Center Rochester (Rochester, MN). She has had one-person shows at Lizzards Gallery (Duluth, MN), Rochester Art Center (Rochester, MN), Lanesboro Art Center (Lanesboro, MN) and Nielsen Gallery (Edina, MN).
Her paintings can be found at Art Beat (Hayward, WI), Firefly (Cable, WI), Riverwood Gallery (Eau Claire, WI) and Lizzards Gallery (Duluth, MN).
Judith spent her childhood in Iowa. She received a BFA in design from the University of Kansas.
After working a short time in Kansas City, she moved to the Twin Cities where her career included working for an advertising agency, freelancing, a package design firm and in the graphics department of General Mills. During that time, she was involved with many aspects of graphic art but rarely had the chance to paint.
When she retired and moved to Hayward, she picked up her brush and now enjoys painting for the pure joy of it.
Her artwork can be found at Art Beat (Hayward, WI).