GINNIE CAPPAERT


STATEMENT

Art is made from the soul.  I feel that a day is not complete without something ‘artfully’ done! 

It is the landscape imagery and its deep space that I explore in my work by building up 30-40 layers of oil paints and mixed mediums.  I apply very thin layers of oil paint to the wood board adding texture, scraping the paint, dissolving areas and then rebuilding them as I construct the painting.  The removing process is as important as the layering.  This ‘surface tension’ eventually is transformed into a peaceful, subtle mix of texture and natural colors.  I strive to accomplish a feeling of serenity not only as I paint, but for the viewer as well.

My local surroundings as well as distant trips continue to inspire my artwork.  You may see an influence of my travels to Italy, France Portugal, Spain and Ireland as well as my inspiring trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico AND of course my local surroundings in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Skies, vast lands, colors and the light also inspire me and I am thankful for the beauty around me and the ability to transform it into my art.


PROFILE

Peace. Serenity. Joy.  Is what Ginnie would like to accomplish in her painting.

Cappaert applies thin layers of oil paint and mixed media to wood board, adding texture and dissolving areas in the process.  She scrapes and gouges, creating subtle, quiet variations in the surface. Concentrating on color, texture, line and shape, Cappaert rebuilds the surfaces as the painting develops. Ginnie has taken many workshops by various artists, but it is her intense studying of art history and just ‘experimenting’ that have broadened her personal techniques to art making.  It is this in-depth process that let’s subtle markings and layers emerge into the finished painting which is an abstracted minimalist version of a landscape.

Ginnie Cappaert is a full time visual artist with a summer studio in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and a winter studio in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Her surroundings of nature and her travels inspire and influence her oil/mixed media paintings on paper or wood panel.


BIOGRAPHY

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2017
"Solo Exhibition", Globe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids,

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“URBAN/RURAL Michigan Outlook”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2012   
Solo exhibition, Ziyad Gallery, Calumet, MI
Midwest National Abstract Exhibition, Greenwood, IN
Hardy Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Ephraim, WI
“Landscape 2012”, Richeson Art Gallery, Kimberly, WI
“Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature”, Priebe Gallery, Oshkosh, WI
Northwest Michigan Regional, Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI
 

HONORS & AWARDS

2012               
Best of Show, Northern Exposures, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

2011                
3rd Place Award, Crooked Tree Art Center Juried Show, Petoskey, MI

2010-11          
Finalist, "Artist's Magazine" Competition

2010               
Donor Award, Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI
Best of Show, Art for All Festival, Menominee, MI

2009               
Merit Award, Edina Art Fair, Edina, MN

2007-09         
Merit Award, Wausau Fine Arts Festival

2005-11          
Northern Exposures Juried Show, Bonifas Art Center

ARTS - RELATED EXPERIENCE

2007-09         
Juror, Student Show, UW-Marinette College, Marinette, WI

2005-08         
Workshop Instructor, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

2004              
Community Mural Project, MI Arts Grant, Carney, MI

2003-06         
Selected artist Michigan Arts Grant "Artist in Classroom"

2000              
Instructor, Bay Pines Detention Facility
Instructor, Delta County Schools, Escanaba, MI

1999-Present  
Teacher, artist studio

COLLECTIONS

Aspirus Hospital, Wausau, WI
Bay Area Medical Center, WI
Great Lakes Pulp & Fiber, Menominee, MI
Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee, WI
Spies Public Library, Menominee, MI

PUBLICATIONS

2013
"Top 25 Finalist for "Most Creative Studio", Professional Artist Magazine

2012   
"Journeys to Abstraction" by Sue St. John, North Light Books

2004  
Cover, “River Cities Chamber” Magazine

2003   
Cover, "Michigan Farm Journal" Magazine