Exhibit II

“Seeking Light”

We are excited about this group show theme as it gives our artists great freedom to create artwork that inspires them. This exhibit will change throughout the month with work sharing a common thread of the use of light and shadow. We are eager to see what the artists come up with for this show!

Exhibit I

Peninsula State Park Benefit Show

We are proud to open our 49th season with a show benefitting Peninsula State Park. This group show will highlight the diverse natural beauty of the park, which is located just a few miles north of the gallery between Fish Creek and Ephraim. Peninsula State Park has been a much loved place to hike, bike, swim, boat, camp, fish, bird watch, golf, see a musical show under the stars and sightsee for visitors to Door County for over a century. We are so lucky to have one of Wisconsin’s most popular state parks so close! The gallery will be donating a portion of all gallery sales during this show to Peninsula State Park for the rebuilding and expansion of the park’s aging White Cedar Nature Center.

The paintings of John A. Sayers will be featured in the Courtyard Gallery.

Opening Day Reception is Saturday, May 6 with Sue Steckart Jarosh Book signing 10 AM – 3 PM

Saturday, May 27, 4 – 7 PM

Artist Reception

George Shipperley

As always, the origin of my work comes from imagination which I then use to create a good compositional landscape, still life, etc. It is not so much the subject, but how we paint it that really matters. Most anyone can draw or paint just about any subject with technical training, but an artist paints from their heart and soul and gives the viewer something they have not seen or felt before, because we interpret not render what we see or imagine. We get to the core, or as I prefer to say, the essence of our subject. I sometimes work for hours just to get the correct harmony of landscape, especially the transition of one area of color to the next in order to project just the right mood or feeling. We know we can never get as good as we aspire to be but we get better with each passing year because we simply cannot stop the insatiable appetite to not only create but to perfect our techniques.

Julie Briede Ibar

The natural world has always grounded me. In nature I find balance, pattern and mystery. Shapes stand out while I am viewing a vista or studying the earth at my feet. Often I am compelled to examine further.

Among twisted roots, stones or leaves and in decaying or emerging plant life the spirits of other lives make themselves known. Nature becomes a magical place. Images are discovered in sunlit spaces or shadowy places. They can be fleeting. I try to hold onto what I sense in those moments and the feeling a place evokes.

My wish is that my art encourages the viewer to look more closely at nature and create his or her own memories.

Rodger Bechtold

The Midwest is close to my heart; after all, it’s the place where I’ve lived all my life. The heartland of this country possesses such uncomplicated and straightforward beauty. This simplicity of the these ever changing vistas resonates with me the way music does.

Beginning a painting from the initial inspiration is one thing, but to carry that inspiration through an evolution of risk and change is quite another. I must work until that painting stands alone and finally has something to say.

Taking “cues” from nature, my color choices have become intuitive, a subconscious response to what I see – true too for my studio work, where there is more latitude for experimentation and invention. I want to layer the painting with interest so a viewer can relate to the time and place, color relationships, abstraction, and brush work, and see this as the largest statement possible contributing to the ongoing discourse of contemporary painting. I paint with an orchestration of form and color that makes the separation between representation and abstraction nearly indistinct.

Caught up in an ever-hyper-busy-world, we seem to be drifting away from something very precious, a bond with the land that’s ages old. My hope is that my painting might somehow rekindle an interest in what wonder surrounds us every day and yet goes unnoticed.

Michele Dangelo

A critical component of my work is a basic icon – a house, boat, and dress – infused with vigorous but reserved energy. These complex and contemplative, yet simple and subtle images reflect my choice to concentrate on ordinary objects and invite me to instinctually create a multi-generational storehouse of memory. I try to give my work a sense of direction and eloquence by using geometrical simplification to amplify the feelings of emptiness around each object.

Abstracted images and mark making, in combination with innovative use of color, create the essential elements of my work. My style may be described as a spontaneous but conscious attempt to penetrate the hidden intimacy of ordinary objects. I delight in surprising viewers with paintings that are motionless in time and devoid of any particular narrative, however there is always a different story to tell – leaving unsaid that which the viewer longs to discover.

I work to realize the correct color/shade to convey feeling by pushing conventional stereotypes, at times using orange to trigger a pensive response or red to subdue rather than ignite. Palette knives, rags and other materials add texture and depth creating surfaces that might be described as layers of tonal memories.

My work is collected by many who feel that everyday objects ignite imagination and create a sense of connectivity. Because the forms are more conceptual than real they reflect the ambiguous and evoke ambivalence triggering a longing for pleasure, comfort, security and permanence – while transcending borders, cultures and socio-economic class

I remain challenged by the notions of free expression and a distinct hand to create work that has more to do with the viewer’s perception than my intention my intention.

Bill Reid

“Bill Reid is to sculpture what Dr. Seuss is to children’s books.”
– Stacey Williams-Ng for Milwaukee Home & Fine Living Magazine

Recognized around the world as one of the leading fabulists in a fabulousy world, Bill (Bee) Reid has been making painted steel extravagonzo sculptures for over thirty years.

“I am a pungent in the Anvillage of Rayscene.
A Witinerant wandering the oboreal forest of the Wisconsin Territories- OBO.
A beedoin purveyor of yummee beelusions in a dessert of broken dreams.
Using steel, a torch, and a few hand tools, shepherding the sparks on a grand sofaree.
Making things close up seem far out, weigh out, odd, even, know waiting.
Like a detective, I turn on the heat until the steel talks.
Over the years becoming a master at filling black holes in the twisted Crowmowzone.
Always anticipating the unexpected looniverse.
The lune is doomed.
Soon to go the way of the dodo.
Just ask any flightless astronaught.
Grounded after years of bouncing up and down.
Harassing the heavenly bodies and
in the end realizing it all added up to nothing.
While the Abominabill Mowman,
Spotted in a rare sighting at the Peskimow Picnic
sponsored by the local POW (prisoner of warming) camp
blunderwheres off towards the
Tower of Babblelawn
to tell tall tails
of Mowbee Dick
the great Green Wail.”


Julie Shaw

Julie Shaw has been designing and crafting exquisite jewelry for over thirty years. Using sterling silver accented with 14k, 18k and 22k gold, her creations are then magically transformed by a patina that enhances unique agates, jaspers, opals and other precious stones.

Inspiration for Julie’s original designs comes from many sources, including her spiritual connection to nature and travels to ancient and sacred places around the world.

This tantalizing jewelry may be found at galleries and fine stores nationwide.

Bring the beauty and power of this truly wearable art into your life.


Photography by: Ryder Gledhill, Juried Art Photography

*Julie Shaw jewelry pieces are one-of-a-kind. Please call the gallery at 920-868-3579 for pricing and availability.

Roberta Sieber

I have always felt the need to create and experiment. For me, painting fills that need. I am constantly inspired by the beauty found in nature and the world around me, and I love to play with color and texture in my paintings. Inspiration can come from anywhere: a whispering shadow on the sidewalk, a luminous backlit flower, a shimmering reflection in a pond.

As an artist, my objective is to take the ordinary and interpret it in a way that makes it extraordinary for the viewer. The subject of each painting is not as important to me as the way in which it is painted. Whether I’m using oils or pastel, I strive to create a sensitivity or mood in my paintings, rather than duplicate exactly what I see.

Susan Hale

I have always loved to draw and paint. Living in the Wisconsin countryside is a constant inspiration to me. It seems everywhere I look I see a painting – sunrises on Lake Michigan, golden hay bales scattered in a farm field, popcorn clouds dancing in a cerulean blue sky. Color and pattern are an important aspect of my work. I try to create on the canvas the energy and connection to nature I feel as I paint. Working in oil, I apply the paint thick and luscious, like frosting on a cake. “Let the paint talk,” I often say.

The German Expressionists, French Impressionists, and the Magical Realism of Mexico have influenced me, as has traveling the world. My most recent trip was India – the vibrating sounds & colors were an awakening. I keep “Sketchbook Diaries” of places I have been, but there is truly “no place like home” as I live in rural Cedarburg, Wisconsin surrounded by farm fields (and mooing cows).

Color is magic to me. My paintings include the vibrant use of color along with a sense of optimism. I love to paint outdoors, “plein-air.” It is invigorating to experience painting not only through my eyes but also through the feel of the breeze, the smell of the damp earth, and the chirping of the crickets. As van Gogh said, “…real artists paint things not as they are, in a dry analytical way, but as they feel them.”  I paint as I feel.

People ask me: “Do you really see all those colors in the landscape?”  Yes, is my reply.  I just squint and use my imagination…isn’t that what being an artist is all about?