Artist Bios

APT is thrilled to announce the artists and works that will be included in the Art in the Woods exhibition. 

Mindy Burger, “Kalevala Lanterns” (Laser-cut Acrylic)
Mindy Burger is an arts educator residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, who has been working with the Kennedy Heights Arts Center since it began 15 years ago, first as a teacher in a neighboring school, then as an artist, teacher and part-time employee. Founded by a group of families in the community to rescue an historical home that was becoming a blight, its goal is to make art and to build community. She has participated in four artist in residence projects there and exhibited her work in numerous shows.

Dennis Robert, “Blue Leaf Sculpture” (Stone, Steel and Copper)
A Wisconsin-based artist, Dennis is inspired by the unique patterns and distinctive shapes found in nature, as well as the colors and textures of rocks. His goal is for the sculptures to reveal an alternative perspective, providing the viewer with a diverse and unique visual experience. Dennis enjoys watching the sparks fly as he creates metal and stone mixed media sculptures in his basement workshop. Utilizing a detailed fine welding technique he assembles metal into organic looking forms. This gives his sculptures a sense of natural growth, movement and flow.

Jenie Gao, “Portal Sculpture” (Painted Fabric)
Jenie Gao is a full-time artist, creative director and entrepreneur. She specializes in large-scale projects, printmaking, murals and public art installations. She strives to create works that become cultural cornerstones and community landmarks. Jenie’s artwork is an act of claiming space for the stories, environments and people that are traditionally told to take up less space.

Peter Krsko, “GENERA” (Pine Sculpture)
Peter Krsko listens to nature and creates objects and experiences to share his observations. His approach combines science and art; participatory, interactive and community arts; and play with hands-on education. In 2006, while working on a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Materials Science, Krsko discovered a way to use a traditional scanning electron microscope as a focused electron beam lithography instrument, enabling him to create artwork viewable only with a microscope. He continues providing educational services to schools, summer camps, after-school programs and correctional facilities. Krsko also creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation and co-ownership. His sculptural installations mimic the structure and form of natural entities as well as the dynamics and laws of interactions among members of the ecosystems.

Tom Montemurro, “Royal Couple” (Stainless Steel Sculpture)
Tom Montemurro, a Wisconsin artist, is a sculptor who builds models used in point-of-purchase displays. He uses a variety of metals, including steel, stainless steel, bronze and copper. He sometimes combines these with resin, fiberglass, rigid foam and various woods. Montemurro does commissions and has displayed and sold his work in galleries in Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona. Tom is a graduate of Wichita State University.

Alicia Rheal, “Lady Macbeth”
(Painting based on John Singer Sargent’s Lady Macbeth)
Alicia Rheal, a native of New York, has been painting professionally since 1986 when she created her company, Rheal Imagination. At the start, the business specialized in painting custom designs on clothing, until 1989, when Alicia started painting backdrops and sets for opera, ballet, television and theater. Since then, Alicia has continued to work as a Scenic Artist for theater, as well as move into the world of Custom Murals and Collaborative Art. In Wisconsin, she has designed and painted murals for homeowners and businesses, including the Prairie Bookshop in Mt. Horeb, the Iowa County Chamber of Commerce, the Cross Plains Public Library and EPIC Systems Corporation in Verona. Alicia has also initiated and led many community art projects, including projects for Dane Arts Mural Arts, the Walldogs, Walls of Wittenberg, Grandview and the PEC Foundation, and Folklore Village. Alicia lives in Madison, WI with her husband Bryan, and stepson Martin.

Andrée Valley, “Collection of Aluminum and Powder Coat Sculptures”
Andrée’s artwork is based upon perceived chaos and how that chaos is contained within an object. She is interested in randomness and layering of units in her wall pieces and the lack of orientation in works that sit on the floor or hang with swiveled wire. Inspired by music, this work reflects the shading, tempo and interweaving of sounds. Inspired by our dynamic planet, the shape, color, pattern, piling, stacking and tangling in the pieces reflect what we see when looking at earth forms. Viewing shape and pattern through each other, as a representation of aural and visual complexity, reveals ever-changing relationships.