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'Seasons of the Sugar River: Metamorphosis' opens Friday
"Seasons of the Sugar River: Metamorphosis" showcases a selection of mixed media artwork by 28 artists. The exhibit will be on display in MAC's Frehner Gallery from Friday through April 22. Pictured is an oil painting, "Crazy Greens of Summer: Sugar River at Sunset Farms" by Jan Norsetter of Verona. (Photo supplied)
MONROE - Monroe Art Center announces another exciting exhibit to be on display in Frehner Gallery from Friday through April 22.

"Seasons of the Sugar River: Metamorphosis" showcases a variety of media and subject matter all relating to the changing forms of the natural world at the scale of organisms and landscapes in the entire Sugar River Watershed, from its headwaters in western Dane County to its confluence with the Pecatonica River in northern Illinois.

An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the MAC Frehner Gallery at 1315 11th St. A brief artist gallery talk begins at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

This exhibition is the result of an open call for artists to enter artwork in the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association's third annual juried exhibition. In keeping with the theme "metamorphosis," artists were invited to explore and to create works inspired by the biological, zoological, seasonal and cultural transformation evidenced in the watershed.

The 28 artists selected to participate in this exhibit are Steve Apfelbaum, Dave Asleasen, Jeanne Ausmus, Jill Capps-Folkerst, Kathleen D'Angelo, Jan Douglas, Tina Duemler, Rob Dunleavey, Alex Engels, Greenco clients, Linda Hancock, Kathy King, Jocelyn Kline, Susan Lehnhardt, Larry McCoy, Susan McCoy, Deb Meyer, Jan Norsetter, Georgene Pomplun, Jim Richter, Bob Sampson, Kathi Spaeth, Nana Schowalter, Helen Stauffer, Andrea Surlas, Jonathan Wilde, Dave Williams and Nadine Whiteman.

A highlight of the opening event will be a poster and film exhibit in MAC's Wesley Hall that showcases the work of LSRWA citizen science volunteers. The public is invited to ask questions of the volunteers and students who are mapping and measuring ecosystem health and water quality throughout the watershed and undertaking ambitious projects to restore local streams.

This exhibit has been made possible by MAC Corporate Underwriter: Colony Brands Inc., and Season Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing LLC and Big Radio, with additional support from Michael and Shelley Muranyi, Paul and Sue Barrett, Kevin and Chris Callahan, and Lee and Chris Knuteson.