Join the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired for Gallery Night on Friday, October 7

September 23, 2016 – Join us on Friday, October 7 as we feature artwork from artists who are blind and visually impaired during the annual Gallery Night celebration. For the sixth-straight year, we are joining several downtown Madison businesses promoting some of the best artwork in the Madison area.

This year’s event will be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Council office at 754 Williamson Street. Four artists will present their work, showcasing a variety of styles. A gallery talk will begin around 6 p.m. and artists will be available afterward to talk about their art and answer questions.

Artists presenting at this year’s Gallery Night will be Don McCall (wood carvings), George Wurtzel (wood working), Judith Rasmussen (ceramics), and Elena Santin (photography).

McCall has found carving as a relaxing and enjoyable hobby, having carved songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, fish caricatures, wind spirits and Santas. He is currently working on a carving of a horse. During most days, McCall spends several hours in his studio doing what he loves.

Wurtzel has created elegant furniture and many unique art objects with his wood working prowess. Wurtzel has had his work featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and has taught wood working at the National Federation of the Blind in Minneapolis. Wurtzel’s wood working talent and witty sense of humor have made him a favorite in his Minneapolis neighborhood where some of his work is displayed.

Council staff member Judith Rasmussen will be displaying ceramics she created when she still had limited vision. During that time, Rasmussen built pots from slip molds. Some of the pots feature painted-on glazes, while others have flower designs, using real flowers as models. Rasmussen believes her ceramics show what a person with limited vision can accomplish.

Photographer Elena Santin is a high school student in the Madison area. Santin has displayed artwork at past Gallery Nights and is back to feature her photography. She is also an accomplished pianist.

Acoustic guitarist Ken Lonnquist will also be performing throughout the evening. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

If you can’t make it for Gallery Night, the exhibit will be open for viewing through November 18. Stop in any time from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to view work from these outstanding artists.

The mission of the Council is to promote the dignity and independence of the people in Wisconsin who are blind or visually impaired by providing services, advocating legislation, and educating the general public. To learn more about the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired please contact Gale Hellpap, Director of Community Relations and Marketing, at 1-800-783-5213 or visit


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