Art alumni do Artstreet

From painting to pottery to a praying mantis, UW-Green Bay alumni artists do it all.

Take a walk down Green Bay’s annual Artstreet event and, among the hundreds of artists attending, you’ll likely admire some of the work of UW-Green Bay graduates.

Here are just a few of the UW-Green Bay alumni who showed off their talent at the 2009 Artstreet event.

Photos below.

Dean Hoegger, ’80 Sturgeon Bay
dean_hoegger_01Hoegger is a fifth-grade schoolteacher likes to get his hands dirty after class. His Raku sculpture and pottery is “functional but decorative,” says Hoegger. Decorated largely in earthy tones, he makes everything from water pitchers to sculptures that can hang on the wall. Hoegger only visits a couple of shows each year and sells pieces through two galleries. He also teaches adults how to make things out of clay. “It’s my R and R,” he said. “I love the opportunity to have a creative outlet. I get an idea, and have the skills to make it happen.” For more, e-mail him at dhoegger@centurytel.net.

Gisela Magdalena Moyer, ’81, Green Bay
gisela_moyer_01Moyer took the art talents she polished at UW-Green Bay far and wide, crossing oceans to teach others. She will teach at The American School in Singapore next year as an artist in residence. She has been traveling as an artist in residence for about 30 years, and has taught children from as young as Pre-K age through high school. Her paintings are acrylic on hand-made paper. “Everything I paint has a meaning to me,” she says. “They come from the miracle of my life. It’s an unusual way to explore what has happened along the way.” For more see her website. or moyerart@new.rr.com.

Andy Van Schyndle, ’98, Green Bay

andy_vanschyndle_03A fan of sci-fi and fantasy, Andy Van Schyndle has spent the last six years as a professional artist. “The world I live in is called Wagalabagala, and this entire world resides in the cloudy vapor that occupies the space in my cranium,” Van Schyndle writes on his website. Inspired by nature, wildlife and pop culture, his oil paintings incorporate surrealistic aspects into what he calls “fantasy realism.” Van Schyndle travels to about 24 art shows each year. “Do what you like and let the trends follow you,” he advised aspiring artists. Visit Andy’s Website or e-mail him at wagalabagala@yahoo.com.

Joyce Fritz, ’84, Green Bay
joyce_fritz_01You may think Joyce Fritz has ants in her pants, but she’s really got beetles on her blouse. Fritz made it a full-time job creating bug-themed jewelry, which she sells wholesale to museum and botanical garden gift shops around the country. Her Yipes! designs are all handcrafted and were inspired by an Environmental Science course she took at UW-Green Bay. “Bugs are a great vehicle for colors and pattern,” Fritz said. “I like inventing my own species. It’s my chance to play God.” Fritz’s website.
(We featured Fritz not long ago. Click here to read more.)

Other alumni artists at the event (but not located before Saturday’s rains came), included:

• Rick Schuette, ’75, Green Bay
Schuette works out of his home on the east side of Green Bay making stoneware pottery that is lead-free and oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. rschuettepottery@aol.com.

• Mary Curran, ’73, Green Bay
Curran was at Artstreet as a demonstrator in mixed media. Her specialty is fiber art. She teaches at Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island, Wis., and at Swanstone Gardens in Green Bay. She also writes about how to incorporate creativity into every aspect of life. More on Curran.

• Tom Krueger ’71, Lake Leelanau, Mich.

Krueger was also a demonstrator. His focus is ceramics. He also creates drums and psychedelic wall art. His work is featured at Michigan Artist’s Gallery in Suttons Bay and at the Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids. More on Krueger.

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Photos by Mike Heine,
Office of Marketing and University Communication

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