Other Works by Barbara Grant

High-Flying Beauties of Whitewater

Other Works: Birdhouses photo and link to larger image

Other Works: Birdhouse photo and link to larger image
Each year the Whitewater Arts Alliance sponsors a downtown public arts project. The artwork hangs on lampposts throughout the summer months. In early fall the works are auctioned off as a fundraiser to promote the visual and performing arts in the Whitewater area.

The theme for 2008 was "High-Flying Beauties of Whitewater" featuring butterflies. My "Whitewater Butterfly" depicts a bird's-eye view of a rowing shell gliding through water. The back side reveals an underwater view of schools of fish swimming along side the bottom of the boat. I also attached wooden wind chimes to catch the breeze and add a little music.



Flock To Whitewater

Other Works: Birdhouses photo and link to larger image

Other Works: Birdhouse photo and link to larger image
The Whitewater Publick Arts Project theme for 2007, “Flock to Whitewater,” featured birdhouses based on an historic design by Moksnes Manufacturing for a purple martin house constructed in the early 1970’s.

I painted one of these birdhouses as a “Bird Cage” with purple martins sitting on perches. The “cage” has no door, but I painted a labyrinth on the bottom as a way out.

The proud owner of this piece has made it into a functioning purple martin house to be positioned at the end of his dock on Whitewater Lake in the spring.



Come, Sit, Enjoy

Other Works: Yoga chair photo and link to larger image

Other Works: Yoga chair photo and link to larger image
During the summer of 2006 summer the Whitewater Arts Alliance hung more than 60 chairs from downtown lampposts, all individually decorated by area artists. The promotion, inviting natives and neighbors to frequent the downtown shops and eateries was called “Come! Sit! Enjoy!”

In a conversation with my fitness and yoga instructor, Ivy Miles, about the ‘Whitewater Chairs’ project, she suggested that I create a Yoga Chair. With her guidance, I used the symbols and colors of the 7 Chakras.


Whitewater, Wisconsin, May through September 2006


Stolen art chair returned unharmed.

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Fish Out of Whitewater

Other Works: Money Fish and link to larger image Other Works: Have Fins Will Travel and link to larger image
2005 initiated the first outdoor summer art exhibit organized by the Whitewater Arts Alliance.  Displayed on lampposts lining Main Street. 

I submitted two entries. “Money Fish” was sponsored by the First Citizens State Bank. “Have Fins Will Travel” was sponsored by The Parks and Recreation Tourism Department.  

Whitewater, Wisconsin, May through September 2005.








Whitewater High School Gym Mural

Other Works: Whitewater High School Gym Mural and link to larger image
The Whitewater High School Whippet Booster Club commissioned myself and an artist who is a friend and neighbor of mine, Molly Gunter, to paint a large, vibrant mural of the Whippet mascot bursting through bricks in their gymnasium wall.


July / August 2004
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Torso

Other Works: Torso and link to larger image

I was invited to paint one of the plaster busts created by Lynn Anderson, a Roselle, Illinois artist, for her “Bustin’ Out” exhibit at Charlene’s Gallery Ten, Gills Rock, Wisconsin, in August 2005.

I cut two holes in the bust and inserted green and yellow glass stones to represent the heart and navel Chakras. I painted concentric lines surrounding the stones to represent energy radiating from these charkas. .









Prairie Tillers Mural

Other Works: Prairie Tillers Mulral in Whitewater, WI and link to larger image
Other Works: Prairie Tillers Mulral in Whitewater, WI and link to larger image
The original “The Prairie Tiller “ mural was painted by the artist, Caryl Yasko in 1980. Caryl has created over 40 murals in her internationally-acclaimed career. In 1989 it was removed and covered over by a past building owner who thought the mural was destroyed and beyond repair.

Dawn Hunter organized a group of people from Whitewater including the Prairie Tillers, The Whitewater Mural Committee, and interested citizens to return the mural to its original glory.

The mural depicts different eras in Whitewater’s history, with the three figures on the right representing Native Americans, early settlers, and present residents toiling at the water mill meant to furnish power to today and tomorrow’s generations pictured to the left of the wheel. The new mural is painted on materials that are meant to last longer.

I eagerly joined the restoration project as an artist. But I didn’t know anything about painting murals. It was quite a learning experience for me. Caryl is a delightful teacher and a fun taskmaster. It was great to meet and work with other artists and volunteers who gave so much of their time and talent.


June through September 2004

Located at 119 W. Center Street in Whitewater, Wisconsin.


BirdFace

Other Works: Bird Face with Elvis's Feathers and link to larger image
Nineteen “over forty” Chicago-area women artists were chosen to create a self-portrait in the medium and style they chose as long as the art depicts how they currently see themselves. The art was displayed in the 40 X 40 Exhibit at the Apollo Theatre, 2540 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL accompanying the run of “Menopause The Musical”.


January through May 2004


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Link to Exhibit: 40 X 40 Exhibit at Apollo