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Gallery Night/Day Pop Up

April 2017 Gallery Night


Artwork shown by Mary Mendla
Friday, April 21, 6 - 9 p.m. - Saturday, April 22
MARN's April Gallery Night/Day Pop Up Exhibition features the artwork of Mary Mendla

My paintings are highly intuitive, abstract representations of my experience of the natural world.  I create them through varied processes involving oil paint, acrylic paint, cold wax medium, and a variety of other mixed media materials. 

Layer upon layer of paint, cold wax medium, and mixed media products are applied to a substrate that has been prepped with gesso and an acrylic underpainting.  Often, added texture is created through the integration of collaged materials found in nature; sand, grasses, sticks, bark, leaves, stones. 
The initial layers of my paintings are done without specific intention regarding subject.  The meaning and composition begin to spontaneously form in each painting as the layers of paint develop and are manipulated through extractive and additive processes.  Through these processes textures and deep, subtle color variations emerge to reveal a composition with rich intuitive meaning in the finished work.

My paintings have often been referred to as atmospheres; surfaces to enter into rather than to simply view two dimensionally.  My intent is to communicate my deepest emotions and spiritual experiences of the mystery of the natural world and to represent these metaphorically through abstraction.



Do you want to show your art during Gallery Night & Day, Milwaukee’s premier two-day art event? Gain exposure for your art and engage Milwaukee’s art community by submitting to MARN’s Gallery Night/Day Pop-Up.

The Pop-Up will be at the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network located in Material Studios + Gallery in the Marshall Building of Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Visual artists, filmmakers, designers, writers, actors and dancers are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Only current MARNmembers Creator Class and above are allowed to submit work. Works must be made within the last two years. Artists must be present at MARN for Gallery Night. One visual artist and one performing artist will be selected per Gallery Night.

Artwork: All media accepted including performances. All works must be ready for installation and installed one week prior to Gallery Night. Works will remain up for approximately three months.
Requirements: Artists are responsible for providing all equipment necessary for the installation, display and performance of their work (please note there is a brick wall). Visual artists must be prepared to fill approx. 28 ft. of wall space total. Walls are broken down by the approximate dimensions: 65" length wall; 65" length wall; 130" length brick wall; 85" length by 48" height wall.

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 24th @ Midnight

Submit the following materials to

  1. Title your email: Gallery Night Pop Up
  2. Contact Info
  3. Artist Bio or Statement
  4. Artist CV or Resume
  5. Up to three (3) jpeg images (limit size to 700KB) or a video link