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Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery Presents: Peter Dahlke

“Dreamtime” Assemblage by Peter Dahlke

“Dreamtime” Assemblage by Peter Dahlke

While the Waukesha Civic Theatre loves to show off its work in the performing arts, we are proud to present the Waukesha State Bank Art Gallery in our very own lobby! Our display during the holiday season will be featuring pieces from artist Peter Dahlke. As a local business, we love to promote local artists for our galleries.

Peter is a Wisconsin native, living in the good ‘ole dairy state his whole life, minus the three years he served as a medical corpsman in the army. After completing his service, he attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and a Masters of Fine Arts in printmaking and painting. Subsequently, he taught art at MPS and later got into assemblage sculptures. He also enjoys doing work in the areas of acrylic painting, mixed-media, and printmaking. Currently, Peter is a member of the Wisconsin Visual Artists and Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art. Having been in many art shows, we are honored to display his work in our gallery!

Peter credits his interest in assemblage sculpture (a sculpture that is comprised of objects arranged in a way that create a work of art) upon seeing work from Joseph Cornell, his mentor. While working on a piece, he said, “My constructions usually begin with the box into which I add found objects, moving them around until something of visual interest begins to develop.” If you are not sure how to go about viewing such figures, Peter has a few tips. He recommends having a sense of eccentricity, as well as an appreciation of the elements that make up the piece, while approaching his work.

There will be many opportunities to see this wonderful gallery featuring the work of Peter Dahlke. The display will be available for viewing at the end of November, through the beginning of January. If you want to maximize your visits to the theatre, the display will be up during the following shows: Candy Cane Tales And Holiday Carols, Joel Kopischke’s I Got Yule, Babe, and Patsy Cline Live! Today, Tomorrow, And Forever. The exhibit will also be a part of the Waukesha Art Crawl on Saturday, December 6th, which occurs a few times a year and allows people to embark on a journey through Downtown Waukesha to view various art galleries!

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Written By Abbie Bottom