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Local artists featured at Great River Road Museum
Great River Road Museum

POTOSI – Local artists are gracing the walls of the Great River Road Museum of Contemporary Art in Potosi. Artists from Shullsburg, Platteville and Mineral Point to Chicago and Galena, Ill. will be showcasing their work on June 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The headliner Paul Chase from Galena will be featuring some pieces from his latest collection, Graphic Dimensions, a series of sculptures inspired by natural material, motion and elements of design, along with pieces from other collections, Graphic Guitars and Graphic Visions.
High quality art from local artisans as well as national and international artists in the permanent collection will be on display. Julie Dybevik from Brodhead has a wonderful array of photos showing her keen eye and a wide range of subject matter. Cameron Gillie from Madison uses a pinhole camera for his photos, which is a camera without a lens but just a pinhole, letting in just enough light to create an interesting image.
Three artists, with some roots in Darlington, will also be featuring some pieces. Greg Bykowski teaches art classes in Darlington High School and will feature acrylic paintings of landscapes from around the area. Tom Cline, who now resides in Platteville and works at Ye Old Tattoo Shoppe, was a student under Bykowski and also features paintings. Beth Adams from Shullsburg, who is the museum manager and also a student under Bykowski, has Celtic themed Leather Carved Shields and unique Illusionart paintings, which is a new style of art.
With this being her first season as museum manager, Adams has big plans for the museum and hopes to get the word out about this gem in the middle of Potosi. With these different varieties of exhibits, Adams wishes everyone will be drawn to visit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. These series of pieces will most likely run through August and then a new season of different artists will be on display.
The artist will be in the Great River Road Museum at 101 N. Main Street in Potosi. Henry Hunt built the building in 1882 for his mercantile business. It has survived through three big fires in 1900, 1913 and 1919. Wes and Janet Helmick of Chicago then purchased it Nov. 1, 2013 and renovated it into the museum. They also own the Whispering Buffs Winery, also located in Potosi. Wes also has some art featured at the museum.
Light refreshments and food, along with wine from the winery will be served at the reception on June 24. Children over the age of 10 are welcome to attend.  The event is free but a donation is always accepted. Many of the artists will be there in person for people to meet and if anyone would like to purchase some of their artwork.
The museums regular hours are Friday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.