This year's workshop guest Judge and Speaker is multifaceted artist Chuck Bauer. Chuck has a BFA in Fine Arts and MA in Painting and is also the retired president, co-owner and co-founder (1972) of Madison's popular retail store, The Soap Opera, on State Street. Chuck is well known for his plein air paintings which often focus on familiar Wisconsin rural scenes as well as on traditional urban neighborhood architectures. Wherever he goes, he likes to keep his painting supplies close by and works on small canvases whenever a worthy subject appears. Chuck says his early training as an abstract painter today fuels his approach to realistic topics. He likes to use color expressively and likes techniques that convey nostalgia and tranquility. Chuck strives for solid composition but also values playful and sometimes unexpected results. Besides working in oil and acrylics, he is successful in watercolor, India ink washes, and fired ceramic art tiles. Chuck has participated in 14 one-man shows and 14 juried exhibitions in the Dane County area since 1991 and his work has been shown in 12 Wisconsin galleries. He has been a past instructor at the Green Lake Studio Workshop.