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STURGEON BAY — Figurative and still life painter Alicia Czechowski, a Detroit native now based in Baltimore, Maryland, whose work is represented in the Miller Art Museum’s permanent collection, is being featured in the museum’s newest exhibition.

"Alicia Czechowski: Beyond the Painted Surface" opens today and will be on view in the main gallery of the Miller Art Museum through July 22. The museum is located in the Door County Library at 107 S. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay.

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The public is invited to attend the opening reception tonight from 5 to 6:30 p.m. where Miller Art Museum Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead will welcome visitors and introduce the exhibiting artist, who will speak about her figural work. The welcome and brief artist talk are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 

“Alicia’s imagery is very broad. The exhibit encompasses 37 works depicting a range of conventional, yet extraordinary subject matter,” says Meissner-Gigstead. “She has a very vested interest in the history of oil painting in America, drawn from the realism of the Ashcan School—an early 20th century art movement known for its gritty urban subject matter, dark palette, and gestural brushwork.”

Viewers to the exhibition will be confronted with seemingly everyday imagery — a bowl of fruit, shoes, luscious pastries, vases, fine china, elaborate and mundane floral arrangements, a pile of spectacles, the human figure and an iron to name a few — all reinterpreted through the artist’s transcendental lens. 

Works on view for "Alicia Czechowski: Beyond the Painted Surface" have been provided by the artist, the Abel Contemporary Gallery of Stoughton and the Miller Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Museum hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays. Admission is free; an elevator is available to access galleries on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine.

For more information about the exhibit or the museum, call 920-746-0707 or visit millerartmuseum.org.

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