A Group of Artists & Friends exploring ideas and common themes as we develop joint exhibitions

ArtsTribe Retreat

Here we are in our glory...or umm...at least on the couch during one of our retreat times, deciding its finally time to take a group shot. We even got Gary in the shot, which is rare as he likes to stay behind the camera, but if you look at the reflection in the window...there he is.

From left to right...Bobbette Rose, Karen Reppen, Dana Slowiak, Aimee Reid-Rice. In front...Tom Linfield, Jayne Reid Jackson. in the window...Gary N’ski.

Cover To Cover

Verona Public Library, December 2011

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

Cover To Cover

Ashes by Tom Linfield

In this piece for Cover To Cover, Tom burned several beloved books from the banned-book list and memorializied their ashes in this requium. It sparked alot of comments and discussion, not only about banned books but what did it mean to burn them.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Tom Linfield and Dana Slowiak at Farmer’s Market, Summer 2008

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

In 2009, we created an exhibition based on our year exploring local farms which was shown at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Food For Thought Festival, Summer 2008

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. ArtsTRIBE set up an exhibition at the 2008 Festival and handed out over 2500 recipe card packets we created of favorite recipes using produce from the farms we connected with during the summer.

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

ArtsTRIBE Retreat

Aldo Leopold Center, Black Earth, WI

ArtsTRIBE periodically takes a break away together. We like the country settings and spend a weekend here and there hanging out, telling stories and making art.

Karen Reppen works on a piece while Tom Linfield serenades us all.

MOAOS at Vilas Zoo

Tom Linfield making his mosaic boxes

ArtsTRIBE participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Madison Area Open Arts Studio weekend as a group at the Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. We each did demonstrations and showed our work

Cover To Cover

Handmade books by Angela Johnson

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Karen Reppen at Food For Thought Festival, Summer 2008

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. ArtsTRIBE set up an exhibition at the 2008 Festival and handed out over 2500 recipe card packets we created of favorite recipes using produce from the farms we connected with during the summer.

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

MOAOS at Vilas Zoo

ArtsTRIBE participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Madison Area Open Arts Studio weekend as a group at the Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. We each did demonstrations and showed our work

Cover To Cover/2010 Wisconsin Book Festival

Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI

ArtsTRIBE did a featured installation, hanging waxed dictionary pages around the rotunda of the Overture Center

The theme of the Festival was "Beliefs." As we pondered that we thought that one book we all tend to "believe" is the dictionary. It represents what we believe to be true meanings behind the words we say and so we began using this book as a symbol of what we communally agree to be true." The wax made the pages transclucent so that both the front and the back side were visible on each side and we hung them from thin threads, allowing the pages to move and sway as people walked through the halls. Even the things we agree on tend to be fluid as we travel through their reality.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Tomato Meets Flower by Gary N'ski

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

In 2009, we created an exhibition based on our year exploring local farms which was shown at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

Cover To Cover

Various "destroyed" and manipulated book by Jayne Reid Jackson

Jayne took books and shredded them, soaked them, burned them and sculpted them into various shapes.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

MOAOS at Vilas Zoo

Jayne Reid Jackson demonstrating printmaking and working on an ethcing plate.

ArtsTRIBE participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Madison Area Open Arts Studio weekend as a group at the Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. We each did demonstrations and showed our work

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Jayne Reid Jackson and Aimee Reid Rice at Food For Thought Festival, Summer 2008

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. ArtsTRIBE set up an exhibition at the 2008 Festival and handed out over 2500 recipe card packets we created of favorite recipes using produce from the farms we connected with during the summer.

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

Collating Card Packets

Alot happens with the tribe behind the scenes. Making plans, collating cards, figuring out how to hang installations and build pedestals, waxng hundreds of dictionary pages in Tom's basement. We spend alot of our time laughing and talking over work...it takes alot of work to make an exhibition happen.

This particular time we are collating artist cards and creating packets related to O Fortuna an exhibition we did at the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison inspired by the symphony Carmina Burana.

O Fortuna!

An Exhibition based on Carmina Burauna, Overture Center for the Arts, March-June 2007

ArtsTRIBE exhibited work inspired by the musical score and the Madison Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

The Symphony's themes of fate, color, sensuality, lust, fear and hope allowed each artists multiple entry points into the piece for their artwork. Some of the art responded to specific passages in the symphony, some to the textures and motifs of the entire score, and some to the poems of the 13th century Burana Codex that inspired Orff's work.

This painting, Girl In A Red Tunic by Katelyn Alain was taken from one of the passages from the Burana Codex and became the image we used for our poster and was part of the exhbition. Katelyn was a part of ArtsTRIBE for the first few shows before she moved on to LA and then New York.

We met several times in the months before the show listening and talking about the music and sharing our ideas about what the peace meant at least to us. Made for some great coffeeshop conversations.

MOAOS at Vilas Zoo

Bobbette Rose painting with wax

ArtsTRIBE participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Madison Area Open Arts Studio weekend as a group at the Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. We each did demonstrations and showed our work

Cover To Cover/2010 Wisconsin Book Festival

Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI

ArtsTRIBE did a featured installation, hanging waxed dictionary pages as part of our exhibiton at the Overture Center. These rolls would show up at each library for the next year in different configurations

The theme of the Festival was "Beliefs" and we took that theme to lead us throughout our own project. As we pondered that we thought that one book we all tend to "believe" is the dictionary. It represents what we believe to be true meanings behind the words we say and so we began using this book as a symbol of what we communally agree to be true." The wax made the pages transclucent so that both the front and the back side were visible on each side and we hung them from thin threads, allowing the pages to move and sway as people walked through the halls. Even the things we agree on tend to be fluid as we travel through their reality.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Gentle Breeze Honey

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed a relationship with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art.

One of the farms we visited was Gentle Breeze Honey. Bobbette Rose paints with molten wax (encaustic) and enjoyed learning more about how wax is collected and continues to use locally produced wax as part of her palette.

In 2009, we created an exhibition based on our year exploring local farms which was shown at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

O Fortuna!

An Exhibition based on Carmina Burauna, Overture Center for the Arts, March-June 2007

Dean Allen and Philip Ashby hang Dana Slowiak's painting. Dean participated with the Tribe in our first few shows. A great guy with a 3-d eye. And Philip is a fellow-artist friend who hangs out with us. He often joins the group when food is involved...smile...as well as when its time to do work. He has helped us solve many wierd hanging issues.

ArtsTRIBE exhibited work inspired by the musical score and the Madison Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

The Symphony's themes of fate, color, sensuality, lust, fear and hope allowed each artists multiple entry points into the piece for their artwork. Some of the art responded to specific passages in the symphony, some to the textures and motifs of the entire score, and some to the poems of the 13th century Burana Codex that inspired Orff's work.

Hanging Cover to Cover show

It takes more than art-making to make an exhibition happen. It also takes alot of hands-on labor and climbing of ladders. Here Karen Reppen and Angela Johnson figure out how to hang one of Karen's pieces at the Overture Center for the Arts.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Food For Thought Festival, Summer 2008

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. ArtsTRIBE set up an exhibition at the 2008 Festival and handed out over 2500 recipe card packets we created of favorite recipes using produce from the farms we connected with during the summer.

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

MOAOS at Vilas Zoo

Gary N'ski hanging out by his photographs and greeting visitors

ArtsTRIBE participated in both the 2007 and 2008 Madison Area Open Arts Studio weekend as a group at the Vilas Zoo Visitor Center. We each did demonstrations and showed our work.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Beets by Bobbette Rose

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

In 2009, we created an exhibition based on our year exploring local farms which was shown at the Overture Center in Madison, WI.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

O Fortuna!

An Exhibition based on Carmina Burauna, Overture Center for the Arts, March-June 2007

ArtsTRIBE exhibited work inspired by the musical score and the Madison Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. This type of collaboration was interesting to many people and here Karen Reppen is being interviewed by a crew making a video about the Overture Center.

The Symphony's themes of fate, color, sensuality, lust, fear and hope allowed each artists multiple entry points into the piece for their artwork. Some of the art responded to specific passages in the symphony, some to the textures and motifs of the entire score, and some to the poems of the 13th century Burana Codex that inspired Orff's work.

We met several times in the months before the show listening and talking about the music and sharing our ideas about what the peace meant at least to us. Made for some great coffeeshop conversations.

Cover To Cover

Once by Jayne Reid Jackson

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

O Fortuna!

An Exhibition based on Carmina Burauna, Overture Center for the Arts, March-June 2007

ArtsTRIBE exhibited work inspired by the musical score and the Madison Symphony Orchestra's performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Here is a photo of one of the several receptions we had. We tried to be available to talk with people during each of the intermission times for the actual performances.

The Symphony's themes of fate, color, sensuality, lust, fear and hope allowed each artists multiple entry points into the piece for their artwork. Some of the art responded to specific passages in the symphony, some to the textures and motifs of the entire score, and some to the poems of the 13th century Burana Codex that inspired Orff's work.

We met several times in the months before the show listening and talking about the music and sharing our ideas about what the peace meant at least to us. Made for some great coffeeshop conversations.

Cover To Cover

Untitled by Karen Reppen

Karen Reppen used parts of books as source material in her intricate and involved collages

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

Cover To Cover/2010 Wisconsin Book Festival

Overture Center for the Arts, Madison WI

At one point in this project, Tom Linfield and Dana Slowiak began rolling dictionary pages into various sizes. When we went to different libraries we would fill shelves, counter-tops and various surfaces with rolled pages. It was a different and suprising way to find a book at the library.

The theme of the Festival was "Beliefs" and we took that theme to lead us throughout our own project. As we pondered that we thought that one book we all tend to "believe" is the dictionary. It represents what we believe to be true meanings behind the words we say and so we began using this book as a symbol of what we communally agree to be true." The wax made the pages transclucent so that both the front and the back side were visible on each side and we hung them from thin threads, allowing the pages to move and sway as people walked through the halls. Even the things we agree on tend to be fluid as we travel through their reality.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

SEED: Celebrating Sustainability Through Art & Farming

Food For Thought Festival, Summer 2008

The annual Food for Thought Festival is a fun, festive forum that explores our many opportunities to eat more pleasurably, healthfully and sustainably. ArtsTRIBE set up an exhibition at the 2008 Festival and handed out over 2500 recipe card packets we created of favorite recipes using produce from the farms we connected with during the summer.

SEED was a two-year/ two-phase collaboration with the Dane County Farmers’ Market (DCFM) exploring just how the passion of artists is echoed by those who use the land as their creative medium.

In 2008, each artist developed relationships with an individual local farmer, visiting the farm and letting it inspire our art. We also set up a booth at Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison and made art, chatted with people comeing by about creativity, local farms and sustainability.

This project was supported in part by grants from the Madison Arts Commission and Dane County Cultural Affairs.

ArtsTRIBE Retreat

Aldo Leopold Center, Black Earth, WI

ArtsTRIBE periodically takes a break away together. We like the country settings and spend a weekend here and there hanging out, telling stories and making art.

Aimee Reid Rice, Dana Slowak and Gary N'ski hang out, doing their own thing...together. Aimee was one of our original group and with us for many shows until she moved to Seattle. We miss her and will always consider her part of the Tribe...we definitely aren't as organized as we once were with her great admin skills.

Cover To Cover

Verona Public Library, December 2011

We have no idea who this curious guy is (and hope he doesn't mind being part of our online story) but it was great to see right after we put up the show, it immediately got attention. Here he is checking out one of Jayne Reid Jackson's assemblages.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

This project was supported in part by a grant from the Madison Arts Commission.

Cover To Cover

Verona Public Library, December 2011

Each library offered its own unique hanging challenges. So there was always alot of talking (quietly) and scheming together about what our plan of attack would be as we entered each library to hang the show.

Cover To Cover was a year-long project. Starting in Oct, 2010 with a show and artist talk at the Overture Center as part of Wisconsin Book Fesitval, the show toured 7 different area libraries.

O Fortuna!

An Exhibition based on Carmina Burauna, Overture Center for the Arts, March-June 2007

At the end of every show and project there is a moment we get a bit goofy and celebrate. Here we are after O Fortuna! Gary N'Ski of course behind the camera, after our opening reception, getting all "rotunda." Now time to celebrate with some wine...