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Fall 2013 Gallery Night at the Council 

Please join us on Friday, October 4, when we participate in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Fall Gallery Night event, from 5-8:30 p.m. at the Council offices, 754 Williamson Street, in Madison

“Art From Within” features the work of two visually impaired artists—Ron Wendt and D.S. Sully. 

Ron Wendt, a former UW-Madison professor, began working with glass jewelry, stained glass and mixed media as a therapy to help offset pain and trauma he was experiencing.  Through the study and practice of Zen Buddhism, he found an effective approach to pain management and a vehicle for “…my urgent need for creative expression.”  His Zen Glass Art is often 3-dimensional and mixed with numerous complimentary elements, including semi-precious gems, crystals and stones.  “Each work subtly suggests one or more Zen themes: solitude, mystery, nonattachment, impermanence, suffering, playfulness, simplicity and compassion.” 

Ron exhibits his work primarily through Very Special Arts-Wisconsin, and he participated in the 2010 – 2013 Madison Art Fair on the Square events. See more of his art at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen-glass-art .

Dan Sullivan, aka D. S. Sully, an artist and “folk-tattling author in the Wisconsin Northwoods,” intertwines reality, fantasy and mystery.  He founded the Write Ability Workshop, a forum to teach adults and children facing challenges, how to script their life’s experiences.  He also hosts the Give a Hoot Project that involves visits to schools, libraries, children’s hospitals, zoos, wildlife centers and family events.  

In 2012, Sully became an award-winning artist with his creation of “Boonducks”—wood-sculptured decoys.  “Boonducks” began in the boondocks.  Migrating from the rustic back roads and backwaters of rural Wisconsin, they are hatched out of barn timbers, fence posts, pier pilings and weathered pillars.  Revived and reshaped through whimsical woodcarving, “Boonducks” take flight as Quacker Jacks, Ol’ Coots, Wingdings, Rednecks, and Honkies. 

Sully’s artwork has been showcased at the Very Special Arts Gallery of Madison, WoodWalk Gallery of Door County, Madison Art Fair on the Square and the Creative Powers Traveling Exhibition.

Amanda Basich Kron, a free-lance harpist and harp instructor in Madison, will provide beautiful background music during our artists’ opening reception.  She graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in music and a bachelor of science degree in art.  She plays for weddings, events and performances.  Contact Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.amandabasichkronharp.com

Special thanks to Whole Foods and Woodman’s Markets for their support of this event. 

“Art From Within” is available for viewing at the Council from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until October 30.