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The Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery inside the Goodman Community Center displays work by emerging and contemporary artists with a tie to Madison. The gallery seeks to invigorate the community’s artistic spirit by providing a high visibility space for artists to present their work to the public, making it easy for our community to enjoy and purchase original local art. The gallery hall is the way to to our largest and most-used community rooms, so hundreds to thousands of people walk by the artwork every month of the year.

Artwork is selected for display by a small team including our Volunteer Gallery Curator and some staff.

We're currently looking for artists for 2020.

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Current Gallery Exhibit

Joann Kindt

A Wisconsin Native's Vision

Hearts in a corner Joann KindtWhat the artist said about her art

Compiled from the writings of Joanne Kindt by her niece and neighborhood resident, Alison Mahoney

At the time I started to work with Hoyt Sherman at Ohio State University, I had reached an impasse in my development as a painter. I painted most successfully from a model, a still life setup, or a “picturesque” landscape because I needed the visual stimulus. Working from imagination often deteriorated into trying to recall how something looked or to construct it conceptually. Such paintings were disappointing because I tended to describe all things equally. I tried to use color, yet had no real understanding what the difference between a Cezanne and a Rembrandt was other than Cezanne was using blue, orange and brighter colors, whereas Rembrandt’s colors were limited — stressing black and earth colors.

My style was a kind of post-impressionism. I admired 19th century painting, especially the landscapes of Constable, Cezanne and Van Gogh. I had acquired attitudes about nature and art that were so much a part of the way I felt about the world and painting that I had difficulty reconciling my feelings and the gnawing conviction that, living in the 20th century, I really could not continue to paint in the style of the 19th.

I began to embrace Sherman’s doctrine of the nature of artistic form, which is based in theories of perception in Gestalt and Transactionalist psychology. According to Sherman, a painting (stimulus) is an abstract configuration whose form is based on perceived relationships of the visual elements of contrast, shape (size and position) and brightness.

I completely revised my method and outlook in painting. I gradually realized that the style and subject matter of a painting should neither permit nor prevent my being able to appreciate it.

To learn more about Joanne Kindt and to view more paintings for sale, visit jkindtart.work50% of proceeds will benefit the Goodman Center.