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Bob Saueressig opens solo art gallery
in downtown Madison

The North Dakota native has established himself
among the region’s most elite artists

By Michele Turner
Contributing Writer

(January 2007) – When opportunity knocked, artist Bob Saueressig answered. The result is his first solo art gallery in a great location in downtown Madison, Ind.

Bob Saueressig

Photo by Michele Turner

Madison-based artist Bob Saueressig
took advantage of prime storefront space
in Madison to exhibit his artwork.

Camille Fife, owner of The Westerly Group Inc., told Saueressig that she wasn’t using the space in the front of her office building at 225 E. Main St. “So we worked out a deal on rent, and I moved in,” said Saueressig.
The collaboration works well for both. Saueressig has a place to display and sell his work, and Fife’s front space looks great.
“This is the first opportunity I’ve had for space in such a great location for a solo gallery,” explained Saueressig.
The gallery opened in October and had its official grand opening Nov. 17. “Most of my sales are to out-of-town visitors, but I have sold to local residents as well,” said Saueressig.
He and his wife, Heidi, are originally from North Dakota, where Bob worked for many years as a graphic artist. He began doing freelance design work 15 years ago and had the chance to paint more and started to do art shows all over the Midwest. “We were traveling out this way so much that we decided we ought to move here,” said Saueressig.
In January 1999, they moved to Rising Sun, Ind., and then Madison, where they’ve been for more than five years. The majority of his paintings depict scenes of southern Indiana. However, this summer he spent about two months painting in Montana and plans to go back next year. Saueressig also accepts commissioned works. He has a great deal of experience in portrait painting. As a member of the Cincinnati Art Club, he travels there once or twice a month to draw and paint models.
He’s done many portraits, both humans and animals. “At our opening, I had someone ask me to do a portrait of her dogs,” said Saueressig.
Saueressig also was selected to paint the 2002 Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art poster, which featured the historic Jeremiah Sullivan House.
Despite opening his own gallery, he still exhibits his work in the Madison Art Club Gallery at 301 E. Main St., and in galleries in New Harmony, Ind., and Holland, Mich. His paintings and linocuts can be purchased during the week from Fife. Saueressig is in the gallery during most weekends.

• For more information, call Bob Saueressig at (812) 273-0552 or email him at: artquest2000@hotmail.com.

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