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Local Textile Artist Exhibits in Mixed Media

Oct. 3, 2009

WAUKESHA – Michalene (Molly) Groshek, who will be exhibiting recent and retrospective mixed media works at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Fine Arts Center Gallery Oct. 12-Nov. 7, has expanded her focus from her original background in fibers and textile design.


In this exhibition, “Sigh: Breathing In/Breathing Out Life Stories,” Groshek will be showing works that give witness to the spiritual narratives intertwined in her own life as she visually documents the complexity of life’s journey.


Groshek will give an opening gallery talk at noon on Monday, Oct. 12. Part of the campus Visions & Expressions series sponsored by the Lectures & Fine Arts Committee, it is open to the public at no charge. There also will be a closing reception Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1-4 p.m. in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre lobby.


Regular gallery hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. To view the exhibit at other times, stop in Southview Hall, Room 010, Monday-Friday any time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or phone the Marketing & Communications department at (262) 521-5445. The gallery also is open during special events, including performances of the campus theatre production, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, a comedy by Mitch Albom, Nov. 5-8.


From her earlier works, Groshek has chosen to show some wool pieces, which portray symbols of home, feminine power, growth and fertility. Her “Hand Portraits” more personally depict the importance of her hands in creating her art. Other recent pieces connect to the evolution she experienced with her father’s death and her relationship with family.


Newer works address the complex nature of sleep patterns she has experienced, contrasting the lack of sleep with the nurturing beauty and joy it can provide. Still others are playful abstractions employing a variety of colors, lines, shapes, and textures.

“Collectively, my intention is that these pieces are embraced as a healing medium for both myself and the viewer,” she says.


With a master’s degree in fibers from UW-Milwaukee and MFA in textile design from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Groshek has been teaching on all levels from kindergarten through college since 1975 and exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1984. She regularly teaches classes for adults at North Lake School and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and conducts workshops on surface design and creativity. She is co-founder and facilitator of “The Work of Our Hands” workshops in scripture and creativity. Her work is featured in Fiberarts Design, Books 4, 5 and 6, and in Making and Decorating Stylish Screens, both published by Lark Books.


She also will be offering a “Mixed Media Mandala Retreat” at the UW-Waukesha Field Station, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd., Oconomowoc, from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 17. It is open to artists and would-be artists age 16 and older, and the fee is $49 plus $10 for materials. For information, contact UW-Waukesha Continuing Education at or by phoning (262) 521-5460.


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