Painter, fiber artist is featured at center

Painter, fiber artist and art teacher Mary Mendla is the February artist in residence at  the Cedarburg Cultural Center.

Mendla, whose studio is in Thiensville, challenges the viewer to see beyond the obvious  “with quiet eyes” as an opening to a deeper experience with her art.

Her abstract paintings in oil, cold wax and mixed media are intuitive renditions of nature and the landscape created through intuition with an ethereal quality.   

Mendla earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992, specializing in painting and drawing.

She has had a varied career in fine art and business, including painting in oil and mixed media, teaching classes and workshops and operating a fine-art apparel line called Facets Fashions.

She has been featured in art publications and has been awarded numerous awards and honors for her work.

She has also participated in solo and juried shows throughout Wisconsin, and her work is housed in corporate collections.

Her latest venture is an online artist’s community called, which includes her online courses and opportunities for interaction and participation with other artists and Mendla.

Mendla will demonstrate her art forms at the center from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Feb. 3  and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday,  Feb. 24.

She will also host a workshop, “Luminous Paintings In Cold Wax and Mixed Media,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

During the workshop, students will learn to create luminous effects in cold wax and mixed media.

They will produce one 8-by-10-inch or two 5-by-7-inch abstract paintings using oil, cold wax, pigment sticks and pastels.

No experience is necessary to take the workshop.

For more information, visit

The center is at W62 N546 Washington Ave.



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