Trout Creek Studios
Quebe has loved drawing since she first picked up a
crayon. As a child, she took oil painting classes from a
neighbor in her home town of Decatur, Illinois, and went on
to major in art at the University of Colorado.
A career in
marketing and communications in the architectural industry
offered creative opportunities in writing and graphic
design, but left no time for drawing and painting. When she
retired and moved to Soldiers Grove in 2002, Liz Quebe
picked up a brush for the first time in 35 years.
Liz loves the
challenges of painting en plein air. The quickly
changing light, the many shades of green in spring and
summer, the rich hues of fall and the harvest--all draw her
outdoors, alone or with other painters, intent on capturing
a small part of the special area in which she lives.
The rolling hills of the Driftless Area, the creeks and
streams, and the iconic family farms offer countless
opportunities for painting.
She also loves
to paint still lifes. She likes to use items that
resonate with people because of the subjects and the
memories they prompt. She uses many family
heirloom--her grandmothers' linens, her grandfather's pocket
watches, her mother's dolls, her father's old tools. A
scene from the kitchen, or newly picked flowers, are
universal pleasures that she likes to catch on canvas.
Liz's most recent interest is painting
animals, especially cows. Living in an area with small
family dairy farms means subjects are not hard to find.
Her husband serves as photographer (cows are notoriously bad
at posing) and she uses his images as the basis for her
paintings. She strives to capture not only the
likeness of the animal, but a little personality too.
fortunate to be married to a talented woodworker. Her
husband Jerry crafts the beautiful frames that set off many
public exhibit was held at VIVA Gallery in Viroqua in
October 2009, where she is now a member. She has been part of several group shows
in the area and has exhibited at both the Stockholm Art Fair
and the Driftless Area Art Festival in
Wisconsin. She is represented by Outside the Lines Art
Gallery in Galena, Illinois and State Street Gallery
in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
grew up in a small farming community in North Central Iowa.
At age 8, he won a camera in a school-sponsored sales
contest. He still has his first photograph and he’s been a
photographer ever since.
A career in
architecture gave him an eye for composition and design. He
received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1965 from
Iowa State University. He practiced architecture with major
firms for 37 years, specializing in health care facilities.
in 2002 and, with his wife Liz, moved from Chicago to
Soldiers Grove. They split their time between volunteer
activities and their art endeavors. Along with photography,
Jerry is an avid woodworker.
worked with slide film (35mm), and for a decade did
extensive underwater photography as well. His first
experience with digital photography came in 2000 and within
two years he was using this media exclusively. He works in
color as he prefers to present nature in her true colors.
years, Jerry’s photography has been widely used to
illustrate the beauty of the Driftless Area. His
photographs are featured prominently in the new website,
Driftless Wisconsin, a
joint effort of Crawford and Vernon Counties and the
Kickapoo Valley Association. His photographs also
illustrate the website for the Village of
Soldiers Grove, the Kickapoo Valley Association
map, and other publications about the area. His photograph
“Food, Fence, and Fall” won the professionally juried 2007
Best of Show in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve’s photography
contest, and his “Snowshoes” was selected as the January
photograph in the 2010 KVR calendar. His first public
exhibit was at VIVA Gallery in Viroqua in July 2010, where
he is now a member.
Liz and Jerry
are deeply involved with staging and promoting the
Driftless Area Art Festival.