2016 Photos and Furniture, Featuring Joe Brey, Brian Kelley, Ellis Pifer, and Rob Steffen

Three photographers and one furniture maker will be showing their work for three days, October 14 through 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center, located five miles south of Spring Green and 12 miles north of Dodgeville on Highway 23.

The exhibit reflects the individual perspectives of these artists who have all been profoundly influenced by the environment of Southern Wisconsin. Included are works by Joe Brey of Dodgeville/Spring Green, Brian Kelley of Madison, Ellis Pifer of Spring Green and Rob Steffen of Spring Green. The exhibit is free and open to the public, although donations to the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center are always welcome.

Joe Brey grew up on a farm near Spring Green, yet has traveled the globe twice, with many local adventures in between. At 16, he attended the Woodstock Music Festival. After high school, he learned the basics of carpentry and stone masonry from Herb Fritz, a local architect who worked and studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. He spent three years in New Zealand, gold prospecting in Western Australia and six months in Vietnam building a peace park with a group of North Vietnamese soldiers.

Joe has worked on numerous personal construction and fine woodworking projects for the founder of Land's End, Gary Comer and for world-famous polar explorer, Will Steger, building his environmental awareness retreat in Ely, Minnesota. His passion is fine woodworking and making fine, handcrafted and utilitarian pieces from reclaimed and local woods. You can view some of his work at http://www.joebreyhandcrafted.com/

Brian Kelley was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and now lives in Madison. During his youth, he not only lived in a rural setting with few conveniences but also traveled to Italy, Greece and Turkey. He learned to appreciate the simple, elemental connections of the natural world, but also gained awareness of the influence of civilization on the landscape—man-made structures than remain in the environment today. He studied photography at Madison Area Technical College and worked 16 years at the Wisconsin State Journal. Currently, he drives at Union Cab of Madison.

Brian presents his photographs on metal, complimenting the industrial subject matter. He focuses his lens on elements of aged, rusted, industrial machinery and structures as well as urban microcosms seeking to reveal the beauty and implications of things often ignored in our periphery. Some of his work can be viewed at http://buzzwig.wixsite.com/photo

Ellis Pifer is a life-long resident of the Wisconsin River Valley area. His interest in nature comes from his youth, living near the Wisconsin River and coming into intimate contact with the natural world on a daily basis. Now, a retired draftsman with the State of Wisconsin and self-taught photographer, he spends his days exploring the most minute and beautiful details to be found in nature.

Rob Steffen has been taking photographs since he got his first film camera in third or fourth grade (that was back in the early days of the flashcube).  Since then he has continued taking pictures whenever possible, and got even more serious when digital photography came to be.

After moving to the driftless area in 2004 from Chicago, Rob began focusing primarily on two subjects: landscapes and musicians (particularly those performing at Spring Green’s Sh*tty Barn music venue, where he is one of four staff photographers). You can see some of his work at http://robsteffen.wixsite.com/mysite

For more information about this event contact: wyomingvalleyschool@gmail.com / call 608-588-2939/ or find us on facebook.

Wyoming Valley School, Inc is a not-for-profit, tax-deductible 501(c)3 organization. Your support and participation in our events are always welcome and donations are gratefully accepted.


Photo Credits:             Geese at Bakkens Pond by Rob Steffen
                                    Furniture by Joe Brey

                                    Emergence by Brian Kelley

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