Silver Lake College painting exhibit opens Jan. 13

Posted On January 04, 2017

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“If You Could Read My Mind” by Migs. Photo courtesy of the artist

By Suzanne Weiss/Director of Public Relations

MANITOWOC, Wis. — The Silver Lake College art department will present the exhibit, “Wicked Garden,” from Jan. 13 through Feb. 17. The exhibit will feature paintings by Sheboygan artist Migs, aka Steve Thimmig.

Migs will give an artist’s talk from 3 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25. An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. The exhibit, talk and reception are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

“Migs’ work seems to be a sort of visual poetry or surrealism reminiscent of Magritte but very contemporary in subject matter,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and co-chair of the Silver Lake College art department. “I was excited when I first encountered it, as his images are playful and colorful. I’m really looking forward to seeing his full body of work and getting the opportunity to find out more about his choices and image-making.”

Except for one year at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, Migs is a self-taught artist. “I started drawing at age 5 and it was then that I already knew I wanted to be an artist,” he said.

Migs draws a comic strip titled “Labor Daze” for a monthly employee newsletter at Bemis Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan Falls, where he has worked for 39 years. He’s been a member of the Sheboygan Visual Artists for the past nine years and recently joined the Plymouth Arts Center.

“Music is and always has been a huge influential factor in my art as it both inspires and influences me,” Migs said in his artist’s statement. “Pink Floyd and Lou Reed are a couple of favorites. A fascination and love for album cover art fuels that influence as well. I admire the works of Storm Thorgerson, Roger Dean and Hugh Syme, as well as classic artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and René Magritte. I consider myself to be more of a visual musician and my paintings are my songs because, as the great philosopher Mick Jagger once said, ‘It’s all just Rock ‘n’ Roll.’”

Silver Lake College gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Enter through the east entrance of the main building.