Small town landscapes focus of art exhibit

By UW-Marshfield/Wood County

The old main street of typical small town America recalls nostalgia as big box stores and interstate highways have changed the nation’s landscapes.  These images are the subject of the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County’s Gallery 450’s latest exhibit by Central Wisconsin artist Jody Beighley.

Beighley’s work emphasizes the small town landscape reminiscent of her childhood. Her colored pencil paintings, partly nostalgic, recapture the intensity of certain places at certain times of the day, experiences as a child and now recorded as an adult. Beighley will speak about the exhibit, October 30 at 10 a.m. in Gallery 450 a lecture open to the public.

Her landscapes are simple, safe and accessible places but she also strives for an air of mystery through intense use of color. “The eccentricities of these buildings, these landscapes, seem important to record now as my environment becomes filled with bland subdivisions and anonymous strip malls,” she said.

Beighley has consistently exhibited in juried and invitational shows throughout the country for the past 20 years. Her work is included in many private and public collections. Beighley’s artwork will be on display until December 15 in Gallery 450.

Gallery 450, in the Helen Connor Laird Fine Arts Building, is open to the public Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or call 715-389-6530.  UW-Marshfield/Wood County is located at 2000 West 5th Street, Marshfield, WI 54449.


Stacey Oelrich