Artists at the Viroqua Healing Arts Center

Artists at the Healing Arts Center

Artist Monica Jagel

Animal, Vegetable, Sustainable

My studies of art really began as a child with imaginative play, sewing and coloring. Also at a young age my mom and dad taught me to appreciate nature. Art came easily and naturally to me. In High School I focused on Art and followed that with two years at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Art Studio. Since the natural world has always called out to me, this led me to further my studies and earn a certificate in Botanical Illustration from The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. I joined the staff teaching for the certification program until I moved to Wisconsin.

Currently I live on a small farm located in Driftless Wisconsin, not far from Wildcat Mountain State Park. Every day wild flowers, my veggie garden, farm animals and wild life inspire my creative spirit! The bulk of my art takes place during the Winter months at my old family kitchen table. In the late winter what ever I have created is scanned and printed. It is my belief that a focus on “local” builds resilience and strengthens community and reduces environmental impact. Therefore my art is as locally produced as is possible.

I have been sharing my colored pencil artwork at galleries for a while, I decided the time had come to create earth friendly “Functional Art” in the form of note cards and Flour sack Towels.

The re-usable function of flour sack towels was realized during the depression. Over 310 million Americans used paper towels in 2017 - now more than ever it makes sense to put away the paper towels and put these sturdy cloth towels back to work! I take function further with the addition of my artwork. Pretty towels can be displayed in the kitchen until you are ready to dry some dishes! 100% cotton, 28" X 29", wash in cold water, no bleach.

I’m thrilled to be sharing my artwork with you! Thank you so much,

Monica Jagel