Art Calendar



The twenty-first edition of our annual art calendar highlights the wonderful and talented artists right here in Dane County.


The 2020 Art Calendar and Poster Reception will take place on February 17th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at The University Club.

  • Hors d'oeuvres will be served and the Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band will perform at the event. 




2020 Calendar Specs

  • Desktop calendar - 8" x 7 ½"
  • Municipality Prices - $9.48 each (plus sales tax)
  • Retailer Prices - $9.95 each (plus sales tax)
  • Artwork created by thirteen local artists.

Revenues from calendar sales help sustain programs of Dane County Cultural Affairs, an agency within county government created in 1977 to encourage public participation in arts, culture and local history activities countywide. Your calendar purchase also helps to support local artists. For more information, please contact 608-266-5915.


2020 Calendar Artists:

Cover: Karen Watson-Newlin

Karen Watson-Newlin
Karen Watson-Newlin - In The Midst Of It All
Karen Watson-Newlin, In the Midst of it All, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

About the Artwork:

"My ideas, concepts and visual images are present in my mind long before coming to life on paper or canvas. Like flirtations of possibilities, these ideas roll over and over until the images evolve into something tangible from the mindscape. My works are based on my personal experiences and surroundings. Thus, this is what I know.""


January: Dan Gardiner

Dan Gardiner
Dan Gardiner - Packer Sunday
Dan Gardiner, Packer Sunday ’65, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 20”

About the Artwork:

Dan Gardiner is a creative and dedicated, full-time artist, who creates both large scale murals, and torn paper collages. "I’ve never forgotten that childhood thrill,” Dan recalls, “when Mom would bring home a new coloring book and a fresh box of 64 Crayola Crayons."


February: Mary Hollinger

Mary Hollinger
Mary Hollinger - The Old Schoolhouse Cook Stove
Mary Hollinger, The Old Schoolhouse Cook Stove, Pastel

About the Artwork:

"I treasured this cook stove. It was called an “Allen’s Princess” cook stove, which my then husband Bill and I found at an antique store in Boaz, WI. I used to bake bread in it. I had to build a good fire and then make sure I didn’t get it stoked up too hot for bread baking."


March: Vera Nikiforov

Vera Nikiforov
Vera Nikiforov - A Shady Patch In Madison
Vera Nikiforov, A Shady Patch in Madison, Acrylic on Canvas

About the Artwork:

"No matter the subject, be it still life, landscape, or portrait, color has always been my focus. I love the expressive qualities and the boldness of color. Then line, the ability of linear brushstrokes to dance across the canvas. They create an energy which draws the viewer closer. My goal."


April: Wendy Crone

Wendy Crone
Wendy Crone - Overlook Garden In Bloom
Wendy Crone, Overlook Garden in Bloom, Pastel, 11” x 7.5”
About the Artwork:

"Evening walks in the neighborhood give us the opportunity to admire the wonderful gardens that our neighbors created. One of my neighbors a few blocks away has a spectacular garden that I enjoy throughout the spring, summer and fall. This pastel painting was inspired by a particular day when the flowers were lush and the sun was casting beautiful shadows."


May: Azul Sphaera

Azul Sphaera
Azul Sphaera - A Shadowy Sunroom.jpg
Azul Sphaera, A Shadowy Sunroom

About the Artwork:

"I am a self-taught artist, inspired by beauty everywhere. The craftsmanship of vanishing architectural styles, wooden floors, doors, and window frames; cozy rooms. I am intrigued by illusive reflections in glass. I am beguiled by trees, steadfast and confident. I am captivated by the solace of lovingly assembled interior space and I am drawn to sharing it with you."


June: Steven Ralser

Steven Ralser
Steven Ralser - Capitol Tulips
Steven Ralser, Capitol Tulips, Photography

About the Artwork:

"I am a Madison-based photographer, originally from Australia, finding beauty in urban, rural, and natural (wild) environments wherever I happen to be at the time."


July: Sarah Alakson

Sarah Alakson
Sarah Alakson - Necklaced Cow
Sarah Alakson, Necklaced Cow, 22.75” x 39.5”

About the Artwork:

"I have been painting for 50 years, mainly in transparent watercolor. I have evolved from more realistic work to the more imaginary and whimsical, trying to show a more personal view of the world."


August: Julie Raasch

Julie Raasch
Julie Raasch - A Bees Life
Julie Raasch, A Bee’s Life, Photography

About the Artwork:

"My photographs capture the world around me... from sunrise to sunset and beyond. My work is driven by light. I am an observer of nature, color and how light plays in the environment. It silhouettes, highlights and most importantly brings out color where it was once hidden by darkness."


September: Richard Jones

Richard Jones
Richard Jones - Pope Farm Conservatory Sunflowers At Sunrise
Richard Jones, Pope Farm Conservatory Sunflowers at Sunrise, Photography

About the Artwork:

"We’re so lucky to live in Dane County. No need to take exotic trips for inspiration. Whatever your form of creative expression, beauty and opportunities to capture it abound. Case in point, Pope Farm Conservancy, its sunflower fields at dawn. To be there, with camera, it’s what I live for."



October: James Widder

James Widder
James H Widder - Starkweather Creek
James H. Widder, Starkweather Creek, Water Soluble Oil on Canvas, 48” x 36”

About the Artwork:

"I love capturing a variety of Dane County memorable scenes in my art. All of these scenes I believe have multiple dimensions so I did several renditions. I am inspired by creating new places so I keep looking for new scenes to paint."


November: Jeff Stern

Jeff Stern
Jeff Stern - November Pumpkins
Jeff Stern, November Pumpkins, Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”

About the Artwork:

"This is what happens to pumpkins after a hard freeze – rather deflated."


December: Terry Sullivan

Terry Sulivan
Terry Sullivan - Devils Lake Seasons
Terry Sullivan, Devils Lake Seasons, 29.5” X 16.25”, Watercolor

About the Artwork:

"Evoke a warm feeling, a nostalgic feeling, a what's-the-story feeling. It's what I hope for with my art. After over three decades of designing medical products, I’ve returned to fine arts. In this part of the journey, I’m challenged by the tension between my drive for detail and the rebellious nature of watercolor to do its own thing and as a result create works that draws the viewer in. Changing every season, the beauty of Devils Lake never fails to amaze. These four paintings bring the colorful and unique scenery of Devils Lake in the grandeur of each season."


Sales Locations

2020 calendars cost $9.48 each (including sales tax) at municipalities; and $9.95 each (including sales tax) at the following retailers. Purchase yours today at the following locations:

  • Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Office, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Room 421, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, 608-266-4114.
  • Download and mail in the Order Form.
  • The following retailers and municipal halls:

Municipal Hall Sales

Calendars are available for purchase at the following municipal halls:  The City Halls Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton and Verona.  The Town Halls of Dunn, Oregon and Westport. The Villages of Black Earth, Mazomanie and Shorewood Hills.


Thank you to our 2020 sales partners!