11th Annual Members' Show: BLUE


Barb Budish – Blue MaGoo
Birgitta Lambert – Complimentary / Quintuplets
Bernie Newman – Sunspot
Ben Stuart – Shattered Love
Cindy Hansen – Blue Cheese Kaleidoscope / Bluecollar Bar / Patriarchy Blue Balls
Carl Hartt – Mourning Veil
Carol Starr – Blues & White
Dennis Darmek – Golf Caddies, DaNang Vietnam / The Swimmer, 40 years in the Water 11 / The Swimmer, 40 years int he Water 15
Emiko Franzen – Figure It Out / Inside Matters / Lesser Than
Guntis Lauzums – Rolands
Jack Long – Super Table _029
Lew Cadkin – Bench in Blue / Metro Ice
Lisa Idarraga – Winters’ Reach
Mary Crawford – Little Boy
Marcella Jones – Feeling Blue
Michael Nowotny – Time Out Blues
Pam Ferderbar – Horse Trailer
Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig – Spin
Patricia Granlund – Childhood Wishes
Phillip Sotckton – Blue Block
Roy Schmidt – Pledge / Puerta Azul
Susan Schramm – Burst / Injured / Stasis
Tom Ferderbar – Blue 66
Thomas Ferguson – Big Bad V8
Timothy Holte – Early Morning Fog on Legend Lake / Pool at Night / After the Storm / Selfie Beach


The Var Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday January 4 | 5:30 PM
Comments and awards  | 6:30 PM

Jurors Tyler Friedman, associate curator of contemporary art at MOWA, and John Sobczak, gallery director at The Alice Wilds will select and curate a body of work that conveys BLUE.

Blue is a primary color.
Blue is a state of mind.
Blue is a homophone.
Blue is a subject for philosophical inquiry (cf. William Gass’ On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry)
Blue was invented by Yves Klein… well, International Klein Blue was.
Blue is a wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres.
Blue came to signify boys during the 1940s.
Blue occurs in natural minerals; lapis lazuli and azurite, for example.
Blue does not appear in the cave paintings of the Upper Paleolithic.
In German, “to be blue” means to be drunk.
Music can be blue; for instance, Bluegrass, the blues, and blue notes.
Blue is a style of comedy that is off-color, risqué, indecent or profane, largely about sex.

Blue spans all genres. Blue is limitless.



BLUE at Var Gallery
January 4, 2019 – February 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday January 4 | 5:30 PM
Comments and awards  | 6:30 PM


Monday, October 29 | 12A


Friday, November 16 | 11:59 P


Artists will be notified by Monday, December 3 via email as well as via public notice at copamilwaukee.com. (If your name is not published here and/or you did not receive an email, then you were not juried into the exhibition.  Whereas judging is a subjective exercise you are strongly encouraged to submit to other shows.)


Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes: $300, $200 and $100.

The Hotel Metro/Pastiche Sponsor’s Award for Excellence: a one night stay at Hotel Metro and $100 toward dinner at Pastiche.


  • Artists are asked to apply online;  submission forms will be active at 12AM on Monday, October 29, 2018.
  • Artists may submit up to four pieces for consideration. When listing dimensions, we request that you list the OUTSIDE dimensions (including frame).
  • No work wider than 28″. No restriction on height.


  • Submitted work must have been completed in the last three years (2016-2018) and has not previously been exhibited in a CoPA Annual Members Juried Exhibition.
  • CoPA members may enter one piece free of charge or up to four pieces for a $35 fee.


Wednesday, December 26, Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28, and Saturday, December 29.

| 11A – 2P daily


Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 11A – 2P

If you can’t retrieve your work at this time please make arrangements to have your work picked up by someone else.


CoPA and Var Gallery are not responsible for damage or theft of artwork while in transit. Work will be inspected at time of check in. All transportation costs to and from the exhibition are the responsibility of the artist unless otherwise agreed upon prior to the exhibition date.


Var Gallery receives a 30% commission from the sale of artwork. Please include information for each piece that reflects whether an item is for sale or not for sale (NFS). Please include your preferred contact info for public inquiries (i.e. gallery representation or personal email and/or phone number.)


All artwork submitted for exhibition shall adhere to the following framing guidelines. Failure to do so may impact participation in the exhibition. If works on paper are to be exhibited other than under glass or plexiglass, please review in advance with Pam or Erin so they can share your request with the curators in order to determine efficacy of the non-standard hanging.

    • Glass or plexi are preferable if artwork is covered. The product should be of sufficient thickness to prevent visible warping or waving. Anti-reflective or non-glare surfaces are strongly recommended. If glass is broken upon arrival, new glass will be fitted and the artist billed for cost of glass.
      • All framed works shall be securely fitted within their frames.
      • All mats are to be white or off-white in color.
      • No plastic poster frames.
      • All framed works are to be wired for hanging. No sawtooth hangers. No fishing line.
      • Hanging wires are to be no closer than 2” to the top of the framed when pulled taut.
      • Wires are not to be attached to the clips that are holding the back of the frame together, but should have their own support attached to the frame and not the picture backing.
      • CoPA and the Var Gallery are not responsible for pieces that are damaged due to improper hanging hardware or poor craftsmanship.
      • We prefer solid white frames. Solid black frames are acceptable.
      • Be sure to visit Studio MKE for fine art printing needs and Creative Enterprises for mounting, matting and framing. CoPA members receive a 10% discount on services.

Please direct all confirmations, communications, or questions to exhibits@copamilwaukee.com.

CoPA thanks our generous sponsors of this exhibition:



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