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Constance Davis Art Show

Running until September 1, Trail's Lounge will be showing the work of local artist Constance Davis.

Here is what Constance had to say about her background and this show :

"After many years designing knitwear and weaving projects that I sold through art fairs and galleries I decided to turn to painting. I have taken many workshops through the UW Extension and through work shops with individual artists in the last several years. I also have copied classic paintings at the Chazen Museum in Madison WI, an old way painters through the centuries have learned about painting. Lately I have participated in the many plein air events around the Midwest including in Mineral Point, Door County, Plymouth, Cedarburg, Beloit, Dubuque, etc. Many of the paintings at this exhibit at the Trails Lounge were done while participating in these events. I live in the country east of Portage so I also paint my own garden and landscape around me."


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Constance Davis Art Show

Running until May 1 2015, Trail's Lounge is please to welcome the paintings of Constance Davis.

"After many years of selling my fiber art at art fairs and through galleries, in the last few years I have turned to painting, in particular plein air painting. I’ve enjoyed getting outside with my paints and trying to capture the amazing colors and variations of nature in front of me. There are many opportunities in Wisconsin to participate in plein air events around Wisconsin and the midwest including the one I just participated in on February 5th in below 0 conditions in Mineral Point. Others are in May in Green Lake and Durand, in June in Beloit and Cedarburg, in July Door County, In Aug Mineral Point again, and in Sept Shorewood. But no need to do the events, though they are fun and an artist can share their work with other artists and art enthusiasts at these events. Just get out there and paint.

In the last few years, besides just getting out there and painting, I have taken many classes through the UW Extension and through the Peninsula Art School in Door county, etc. which have me helped greatly, especially my classes with Nancy Macgregor, Tom Christianson, and Philip Salamone. I also enjoy photography and painting from my photographs. I am currently enjoying this work and hope to find the time to do more of it.

Constance Davis"

St Patrick’s 2014 in Portgage

Celebrate St Pat's with us at Trail's Lounge and experience all things green!  Take a look at some of our previous St Patrick's day restaurant photos

Green drinks, Corned Beef & Cabbage with rutabaga, potatoes, onions.  Includes soup or salad.  Price $10.95.  

We'll be celebrating on Saturday March 15th.  Serving from 4:30 to 9:00 PM.  We hope to see you there!

Charles Bradley Art show

From March 1, Trail's Lounge is pleased to welcome local artist Charles Bradley's collection.  Here is what Charles has to say :  

Charles Bradley Art "My grandmother was completely deaf and learned to read lips. I suppose it should not have been surprising that one Bradley would be born hearing impaired. But my father didn’t realize it until my sister came along and seemed to get instructions. I was tested at age 5, and my father realized he should not be punishing me for what I didn’t hear.

In 1950 he moved us from Madison to Mt where I spent 28 years trying to grow up. My mother thought art might be an ideal career for me, as I was expected to be deaf by 21. She sent me to an art teacher for two summers. That put me ahead of other primary classmates, temporarily. Fortunately I didn’t become deaf, and just as fortunate, I realized I wasn’t cut out to be a professional artist. I took a couple years of water color painting in prep-school in NH, then I felt the need to use all my available time to learn everything else. I continued painting on my own. My favorite subject was sail boats.

In college in CO I tried to prepare myself for ministry, but I failed to get in a seminary. So I became a missionary to the Sioux of SD for a year before getting an opportunity to earn a master’s in teaching Indians. I got organized just enough to find a suitable wife and got her involved with the Crows. We taught Crow Indians for 6 years in Mt, then I became too interested in agriculture. I moved my family to Wi to try farming, only to fail that, economically. In looking for something off farm, I became a part-time social worker.

After 1986 I didn’t produce any water colors worth hanging up until 2005. I read a book about cubism (while Susanna was in Cuba!) and decided I could do something like that. So I spent a couple weeks working on a collage of my farm incorporating different directions and different seasons. That was my last water color. Susanna bought me a set of acrylics, and I have been happily and peacefully painting ever since. I love art books. I have read about other art styles and found pointillism helpful for natural subjects and Dadaism for abstract subjects. With acrylics I began putting in people. Towards the end of 2013 I shifted to a freer style of painting, to get away from my color book approach.

I like making up my own scenes. I am excited when painting. I want to know how it will turn out.

I paint to entertain myself and friends. I am not a marketer. But I am ahead of Van Gogh; I have sold one more than a couple!"