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Baraboo art exhibit offers eclectic delights

March 9, 2019

Don’t like black-and-white sketches or colorful acrylic paintings? That’s all right. Tierra Jackson’s art exhibit also features children’s books, greeting cards and illustrations of classic cars.

Variety is the hallmark of Jackson’s exhibit, which opened this week at the Al. Ringling Theatre gallery and will continue through month’s end. She has designed everything from corporate logos to skateboard artwork, while also taking on commission projects and launching an Etsy store for her cards and rubber stamps.

“Tierra’s skills in various art media are showcased is this exhibit,” said Carol Kratochwill, an ART Friends board member who runs the gallery. “She’s an accomplished artist and entrepreneur who provides graphic services for clients and businesses.”

The exhibit features a range of subjects rendered in a variety of media. Pieces include a skateboard design, portraits of Jesus Christ and Mary, and a painting depicting Jackson’s wish that Dorothy would’ve choked the Wicked Witch of the West.

“I just wake up every day and want to create,” she said.

Jackson’s exhibit will feature a March 19 open house during which she’ll discuss her career as an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and children’s book author. Her advice: Artists should see rejections as opportunities, not reasons to quit. “Don’t give up if it’s really your passion,” she said. “If there’s something you’re passionate about, that’s your calling.”

She sees the exhibit as an opportunity to reach a new audience. Jackson has showcased her work at Con Amici Wine Bar and at the Art in the Dark performance series, and hopes to make fans of theater patrons. “I just wanted to have a new venue and show what I’ve been doing,” she said. “Getting it in front of the right person makes the difference.”

She has published a children’s book, “Crazy Carrot Curls,” and once designed a Daytime Emmys menu for Wolfgang Puck. She’s working to expand her Cuddlebug stamp line into plush stuffed animals and other products. Jackson also has another children’s book in the works.

Her broad range of skills and vast array of artwork resulted in an exhibit that has something for everyone. That gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays as well as when the theater hosts performances. “It is a pleasure to have her here, and in our community,” Kratochwill said.