For Immediate Release August 19, 2011

Contact: Rebekah Sweeney (608) 266-3790

Jorgensen’s “Art at the Capitol” Features Work of Nationally-Known Lake Mills Painter
MADISON – State Representative Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson) today proudly announced a new display of artwork from Lake Mills’ own Amy E. Arntson in his Capitol office. The three watercolor painting are being showcased as part of Jorgensen’s ongoing “Art at the Capitol” program, which highlights the creativity and talent of his constituents in Wisconsin’s 37th Assembly District. “Amy Arntson is an exceptional painter, who has made a name for herself in capturing the movement and color of bodies of water,” said Rep. Jorgensen. “I’m thrilled to be able to see her work on a daily basis, and to share it with others.” Jorgensen notes that Arntson has chosen three pieces to showcase in his office in the State Capitol: “Rhythm in Blues,” “Fall Wind,” and “Too Deep III”, pieces which reflect Arntson’s observations of the Great Lakes Region and beyond. All three are watercolors in which she focuses on the light, texture, shape and movement of water, while excluding any affect of surrounding land. “Water has always been a powerful symbol for me. I grew up next to Lake Michigan, and now live on the Rock Lake,” said Arntson. “My father also worked on the car ferries that cross between Michigan and Wisconsin. From a young age, I found the waves of these waters aweinspiring, and I find joy in painting them now.” Arntson is a Professor Emeritus of Art from UW-Whitewater, and works as a full-time author and artist. Her presentations and exhibitions have taken her around the world, including stops in Italy, Spain, Peru, Finland, China and England. She has also served as an education consultant to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. “By now, I’m not surprised – but, I am always impressed to find world-class artists living in our community,” said Jorgensen. “It’s an honor to share their work with my colleagues and visitors in the Capitol.” To see more of Amy Arntson’s works and to learn more about her journey, visit www.amyarntson.net. You can also contact Rep. Jorgensen directly by calling (888) 534-0037 or by sending an email to rep.jorgensen@legis.wi.gov. ###

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