Exhibit II

Early Summer Group Show

We are pleased to exhibit a wide variety of newly completed pieces from many of Edgewood’s talented artists.  This group show will feature a collection of our favorite pieces.  As artwork sells and new work arrives, this exhibit will continue to change giving it a fresh look every day.

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

Saturday, June 16, 1-4pm: Meet John Sayers in the Courtyard Gallery. Please come meet John and enjoy his beautiful new work created for this show.

July 6 – July 8: Julie Shaw Trunk Show, 10am-5pm

Julie will again be visiting the gallery this holiday weekend from her studio in Cocoa, Florida with a large selection of rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces that will be here for this weekend only!

Champagne punch and hors d’ oeuvres will be served.

Exhibit I

“Celebrate Water Benefit Show”

We are proud to open our 50th season with a group show celebrating the beauty of water.  With the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay surrounding Door County and many smaller lakes and streams emptying into the scenic bays and harbors that line the peninsula, the beauty of water is all around us.  This group show will raise awareness and funds for a new initiative called Celebrate Water Door County.

Our exhibit will be part of the year-long and county-wide celebration of water which will include musical performances, art exhibits, documentaries, discussions and ideas to keep our most valuable resource healthy for years to come. For more information visit CelebrateWaterDoorCounty.org or call (920) 421-2002.

Saturday, May 5, 10am-5pm: Opening Day “Cinco de Mayo” Celebration. Please join us to celebrate the start to the gallery season with chips, salsa, guacamole and cold cervezas!

Saturday, May 5, 10am-3pm: Sue Steckart Jarosh Book Signing. We are so proud of J.R.’s mom, Sue, for publishing her new book, Range Lights Rascal, the second in a series of children’s books featuring historic Door County landmarks. Sue will be at the gallery signing books during our opening day celebration.

In addition to the Celebrate Water group show, the work of Nathan Hatch, George Shipperley and Michelle Zjala Winter will be featured during Exhibit I.

Saturday, May 26, 4-7 pm: Reception to meet the artists.  Artist introductions and short talks in the courtyard at 5 pm.

Sunday, May 27, 1-3 pm: Painting Demonstration by George Shipperley.  George will demonstrate his oil pastel techniques in the gallery courtyard.

George Shipperley

Several years ago I came upon a statement by a famous artist that reminded me so much about myself. 

“I foresee it and yet I hardly ever carry it out as I foresee it.  It transforms itself by the actual paint.  I don’t in fact know very often what the paint will do, and it does many things which are much better than I could make it do.”  -Francis Bacon, 1963

His words struck me, for so often I experienced the same transformation as I worked through a painting.  Rarely do they end up as perceived, because a painting will dictate it’s own direction if we allow it to happen.

This is my 12th season with Edgewood Orchard Galleries that I am very proud to be a part of.  But along with that comes a challenge and responsibility to consistently present new works of equal quality or better, and that has always been my goal.

My wife Lois and I would like to express our gratitude to so many of you who have purchased my work over these 12 years and I hope you enjoy this new group of works as much as I loved painting them.

Julie Briede Ibar

Sunlight, which illuminates, casts shadows, and sets a mood captures my attention. Movement and rituals of birds and animals fascinate me. Details and textures of habitats and settings add to my desire to record and depict a moment in time.

In my paintings I try to capture that moment and essence, which will never be the same. I strive to portray the unique characteristics of each subject that I paint.

When the opportunity arises I find joy in adding small, subtle, personal symbols of life into areas of my paintings, which may or may not be noticed by an observer of my work.

It is my hope is that the viewers of my art gain a deeper sense of appreciation and sensitivity to our natural surroundings, and hopefully be compelled to examine more closely their own natural environments.

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.

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.

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?