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Gays Mills Library News
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GAYS MILLS - The ‘Riddett Pop-Up Art Show and Lecture’ will appear at the Gays Mills Public Library on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Local master artist Michael Riddet will exhibit a temporary showing of his paintings. At 7 p.m., there will be an informal lecture given by the artist where he will go into some detail on how he produces his spellbinding paintings, and he will also share many interesting stories from his career in art. 

Michael was instilled with a love of drawing by his father, and developed a representational style of painting with nature as his main subject. Unsure of whether to pursue a career in that style of art in the free-wheeling 1960s, Michael obtained a biology degree and taught environmental education. He never stopped painting though, and had enough success with his studio painting that in 1979 he decided to pursue art full-time.

The style of painting Michael has adopted in recent years is called trompe l’oeil, or ‘trick the eye.’ Also called illusionist paintings, the effect is to trick the viewer into believing that what they’re seeing is real. Some of his paintings include postage stamps that look so real that people have tried to peel them off of the painted surface.

Michael’s work has been shown in over 80 museums and institutions here and abroad, and his paintings have been published in many national and international art publications. He has been the recipient of many awards and won the Wisconsin Waterfowl Stamp competition in 1984, 1992 and 2003.

In addition to marveling at the ‘tricks’ played by Michael’s painting, visitors may learn some tricks to apply to their own painting. Michael is a very engaging and entertaining speaker, so please take advantage of this opportunity. It’s free.