Michael Velliquette to Offer Mandala Paper Crafting Workshop

Madison artist Michael Velliquette shares technique in this one-day in-depth course

Nationally-known artist Michael Velliquette will share his mandala paper crafting technique with students at a one-day-only workshop held at the new Art School at Town Square in Green Lake on Saturday, July 8. The class will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration limited to 15 people.

Mr. Velliquette is one of Wisconsin’s most prominent artists. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; Western Bridge, Seattle; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; The State of Wisconsin; Boston Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio Museum of Art.

“We are very honored to welcome Mr. Velliquette to Green Lake,” said Fran Hill of Green Lake Renewal, the non-profit organization that operates the Town Square community center, where the workshop will be held. “The Green Lake area has always been known as a haven for artists, and so we are pleased to have the opportunity to offer this great program.”

Mandala Paper Crafting is a hands-on workshop explores the recent renaissance in paper crafting and its astounding range. Participants can expect to learn the fundamentals of Velliquette’s paper crafting techniques and experiment with diverse approaches to paper construction inspired by mandala-based designs.

Velliquette hand-cuts small, simple paper shapes and assembles them into complex forms akin to three-dimensional mandalas. The formal symmetry, balance, and order of these works are meant to evoke the rhythm and repetition of breath.

Velliquette obtained a BFA from Florida State University in 1993 and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, where he is now a Faculty Associate. He has recently had solo shows at David Shelton Gallery, Houston, and DCKT Contemporary New York. His museum exhibitions include Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Psychedelic at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

For more on Velliquette’s work visit www.velliquette.com.

Participants can register online HERE or by visiting the Town Square office at 492 Hill Street in Green Lake. This class is made possible in part by the generous donations in memory of Leslie Trewyn.