Event Details

A Creative Life
by Sarah Aslakson

Friday, June 21, 2019 through Friday, August 16, 2019
Wellington & Muranyi Galleries


Aslakson's artwork has evolved with her as she moves through life. There are many elements which have remained the same since she was a girl - and many that she has added over the years. Her paintings have always reflected the overall themes of nature and color, and she has learned to incorporate things learned along her journey into current work. She also paints in a more abstract manner, alongside the more realistic work.

One of most important elements in her work is the use of color. Sarah comments, "I am particularly interested in how color itself, rather than shading or composition, affect mood and the viewer's response to my work. I have used the same or variations on a compositional theme repeatedly, using different colors and color combinations to achieve different moods and responses to my work."

She is also interested in nature as it appears in a "natural" environment, rather than one where plants and land formations are manipulated or designed by people. To this end, she concentrates on wild areas, which man has overlooked, such as country roadsides - spaces where the plants are not planted or managed. Sarah believes natural variety and selection is infinitely more interesting and dynamic than anything organized by a person.

Her most recent projects deal with three new themes: time, animals, and heavenly bodies.

Time: She has been looking at the same scene and how it changes over time due to changes of light or changes in season. It is the color, as well as the obvious foliage and water, which reflect the change of time.

Animals: As a great lover of animals, Sarah loves to portray them in their natural settings and with a bit of humor.

Heavenly Bodies: An imaginative look as the cosmos.

Sarah Aslakson
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sarah came to Wisconsin to attend college and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Fine Art. She began watercolor painting in earnest in the late 70s and has shown her work in exhibits and shows throughout the United States. Currently her work can be seen in four Wisconsin galleries (Madison, Milwaukee, Elkart Lake, and Pewaukee). She has won numerous awards and her work is owned and shown in museums, corporations, hospitals, and public buildings.

Friday, June 21, 2019
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Monroe Arts Center gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by Mike and Shelley Muranyi; Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff; Lee and Chris Knuteson; The Monroe Clinic; Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson; and Chuck and Chris Wellington.