What’s new at Lemon Street?

What’s new at Lemon Street?

By Lynn A. Johnston Gallery, Associate and Member artist
Lemon Street Gallery, 4601 Sheridan Road

Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace Blog
Lynn A. Johnston Gallery Associate and Member artist
(May 16, 2021)

Hi all!  Slowly and cautiously, we are all moving toward our old “normal”. That being said starting Thursday, June 17th, we will be open Thursdays 11-5pm!  We are also working on bringing classes back.  Though people can request AlaCarte classes, such as stained glass, book binding etc. and we will work with you and the instructor on a date and time.

The May/June Featured Artist show will be closing this weekend, Sunday, June 20th.   The current featured artists are Alison Merritt (Drawing/painting), Kavita Goski (Photography) and Joan Hoss (Jewelry), come in and see their works.  The new Featured Artist show opens June 25, with Betsy Davis (Pottery), Mary Mollerskov (Mixed Media and photography) and Sandra Nowicki (Painting and sculpture).

A little about the upcoming Featured Artists:

Betsy Davis ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/betsy-davis.html) says she hasalways had a love of making things. Being a mother has given her plenty of opportunities to create. From painting murals in bedrooms and sculpting birthday cakes to sewing clothes and costumes, her creativity usually shows itself in useful things. Betsy has found more time to explore, clay and ceramics have taken their hold. She began using underglazes to paint detailed pictures and portraits on bisque-ware, which led to some custom work, mostly pet portraits. Hand-building gives heran outlet for sculpting. Betsy says “It’s nice to have a piece last longer than a slice of birthday cake! I also enjoy my time at the wheel. I find that the clay really is a great calming agent in a hectic world. Every aspect of pottery appeals to me, from opening a new bag of clay to the unloading of the kiln.“  I love her pieces, especially the “Creepy Baby Faces” pieces.  Pre-Covid times, Betsy taught our clay classes.  We are hoping to start classes like the Potter’s Wheel and hand-building soon.

Mary Mollerskov ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/mary-mollerskov.html )believes Art provides expressive outlets through enjoyment, participation or creation in any of its forms, and it is therefore quite reasonable that the Arts provide a platform for peace, progress, acceptance and love one person to another, one classroom, one gallery or theater, and one community at a time. Like a pebble tossed into the water, its ripples will spread!  She is a strong supporter of the Arts in Education.  Nature and architecture provide inspiration for composition in what she tries to capture. Mary’s interests are varied, including photography, pastels, inks and paper arts and acrylics, mixed media and jewelry art. She is most happy when using a variety of mediums and tools, and enjoys the journey as much as the creation. Upon retirement, Mary has been most grateful to find more creative time and many creative friends! 

Sandra Nowicki https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/sandra-nowicki.html enjoysmaking art about animals, in particular, horses! It gives her great pleasure to create whimsical, dreamy, animal illustrations for her children’s books.
Sandra gained a great deal of knowledge from her Polish grandparents who had a dairy farm in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She spent time with them every summer and learned about cows, pigs, chickens, and wildlife. Her art creations use all of this knowledge to create ceramic sculptures, felt animals, pastels, paintings and drawings.

Another sign of getting back to some semblance of normalcy is the return of the Kenosha ArtMarket!  All original art in Union Park at 4500 7th Avenue.  There will be over 20 artists, live music, demonstrations and Union Park Tap (UPT) food specials.  Starting in July, the ArtMarket will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month through October, from 10am-2pm.  So, mark your calendars for July 18th, August 15th, September 19th and October 17th.  If you are an artist, and interested in participating go to Lemon Street’s web page at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/artmarket.html or go directly to ArtMarketKenosha.org to fill out an application.

I have to mention our friend Donovan Scherer, owner of Studio Moonfall (5031 7thAve.) is co-hosting with Paul Little and Steampunk General Store ( https://www.facebook.com/SteampunkPaulLittle ) multiple events on Sunday, June 20th from 10am to 1pm. Starting the day with Free Book Day at Studio Moonfall,with special guest Jessie Rose, author of Atomic Love.
Then the Steampunk Tea Party is taking over Simmons Island and setting up just across the 50th Street bridge. Donovan says that he knows walking is THE WORST, he has acquired Rickshaw Joe to help shuttle folks back and forth throughout the day!Here are the events for that day: Steampunk Tea Party – https://fb.me/e/4gpuSW6Qb AND Free Book Day – https://fb.me/e/JTmXPOsP How FUN!!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people and art community that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy

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Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace Blog
Lynn A. Johnston Gallery Associate and Member artist
(May 16, 2021)

Hi all!  The new Featured Artist show just opened.    The featured artists are Alison Merritt (Drawing/painting), Kavita Goski (Photography) and Joan Hoss (Jewelry).  This show started Friday May 14th and runs through June 20th! The reception is June 12th from 6-9pm. We will also have a meet the featured artists day on Sunday, June 6th from 11-4pm.

Here is a little about what inspires our Featured Artists:

Alison Merritt’s https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/alison-merritt.html artwork is about relationships. It is about the give and take, the contrast, the push or pull, and the tension that makes life interesting. She says that her subject matter is figurative and is inspired by human connection and the exchange of energy. She believes strongly in the idea of energy. Not only is Alison’s art about the influence of the energy from those closest to us, her art also reflects the energy we create on our own.

Kavita Goski https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/kavita-goski.html says there is a story behind everything. Sometimes we get to listen to them and sometimes we do not. In my work, I try to capture the untold stories of nature and people and give it my perspective.
Kavita has always been fascinated by the world of butterflies, birds and flowers and their journey and gets inspiration from everything around us, like the tiny insects, birds, animals, flowers, waterfalls, sea, ocean and the list goes on. It is said that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but Kavita believes beauty lies in everything and everywhere.
Joan Hoss  https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/joan-hoss.html has been designing jewelry for approximately 25 years for all age groups, male and female. She lovesworking with gemstones, wire and chain and enjoys experimenting with new ideas and materials. Freeform is her choice when it comes to working with wire. Joan says it is so much fun to pick up a stone and begin working it with wire, turning it into something stunning.​  You must see her pieces to really appreciate the work.  Photos do not do the pieces justice.


A fun thing for me this week was that
Ms. Wright from Washington Middle Schoolhere in Kenosha brought two of her 8th grade students, Isabella Torres and Andres Marquez, to the Gallery for a planned field trip.  It was Isabella’s and Andres first time at the Gallery, which is always fun for me.  We talked about the history of the gallery and the type of art we have displayed.  Their assignment was to look around and find their favorite pieces and would later discuss.  Isabella’s favorite piece was a ceramic heart sculpture by Carley Lyons  https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/carley-lyons.html called “Justice and Equality”.  Andres’ favorite was a painting by Larry Lemm https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/larry-lemm.html ) entitled “Puppy Love”! I think they enjoyed their visit and I know I did!  We always welcome teachers and students.

Lastly, a shout-out to a friend and artist Kelly Witte!  You have undoubtedly seen some of her beautiful murals around Kenosha (Example: Floral mural on east side of recently vacated building on the NE corner of 56/Sheridan).  Kelly will be having a show called “INFLUENCE” at the Blue Moon Gallery http://www.thebluemoongallery.com/  in Grayslake, IL from May 22 through June 13.  Her opening reception is May 22, 6-9pm.  If you get a chance, take a short drive down the road and check out her show and the other works at Blue Moon Gallery.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people and art community that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy 


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The second quarter changeover of the Gallery was just completed and all new works have been installed.  In addition, the Gallery got a new make over with fresh colors of paint.  HUGE thank you to our member artists Jeff Kosmala, Tim Rozwadowski, Jill Zgorzelski, Shelby Nesmith and Beth Dary.  You MUST come in and see all the new pieces!

For the first time at the Gallery, at least in my memory, we had a “Meet the Artists” event on Sunday May 2nd.  Mixed media artist Missy Isely-Poltrockhttps://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/missy-isely-poltrock.html , ceramic artist Julie Schilf https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/julie-schilf.html and photographer Rebecca Power(https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/rebecca-power.html were here all day talking to visitors and working and discussing the process of their art.  

Julie is working on pinch pots that will be fn face mugs.

Rebecca is working on an encaustic piece (Black and white on easel).  Encaustic is pieces that are bees wax and tree resin.  She is painting onto the flower piece the color pigments, as in the hand colored photograph.  This creates a stunning piece!

Missy was creating “Twinchies”.  What are Twinchies, you ask?  Twinchies are 2 inch by 2 inch pieces of are created from various vintage materials.  They are just the coolest little works of art!!!

 In other local art news:

Studio Moonfall’s https://www.facebook.com/studiomoonfall and Donovan Scherer’s The Color of Kenosha – Summer of 2021 is finally out.  Donovan’s 101 published work!! You can download free coloring pages of your favorite Kenosha places and preorder the coloring book at https://bit.ly/kenoshasummer21  Or stop in at his fabulous store at 5031 7th Avenue in downtown Kenosha

 I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people and art community that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at Lemonstreetgallery.org
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Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy 

 

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April 8, 2021

This bit of news is exciting and sooo innovative, in my opinion.  The first ever Little Lemon Street Gallery.   You know of Little Libraries, but this is with ART!  This is how it works:  You make a little piece of art.  It can be 2D or 3D pieces from 2 inches to about 3.5 inches.  Then like the Little Libraries, you leave a piece of your art, and take a little masterpiece with you in return.  FUN! Right??  This Little Gallery was created with help from Stephen Hovey, who made the door and roof; Melanie Hovey, for the media and placement details; Mike Litewski, for fashioning the art shelf and plexi-door; Missy Isely-Poltrock for painting it and making the signage; and Kim Dary (in Memorial), who built the foundation of the Little Lemon Street Gallery.  Currently, the Little Gallery is at Lemon Street Gallery and will be installed on the North-East corner of Union Park in May.  So please stop in and treat yourself and other to your art!

We would like to welcome a new Member artist to Lemon Street.  Paula Touhey!  Paula retired as Director of the Kenosha Museums, and is currently active with the Kenosha Literacy Council.  She is a very talented painter in watercolors, acrylics and oils.  We are so very happy she has joined the gallery.

The work of new Lemon Street Gallery member Paula Touhey

The April Brick Gallery show opened with three fabulous artists! Mixed media artist Missy Isely-Poltrock, ceramic artist Julie Schilf and photographer Rebecca Power. The show goes through May 9th, with Second Saturday Reception Saturday April 10, 6-9pm, so you have plenty of time to come see their works AND the Little Lemon Gallery.

The work from all of these artists can be found at lemonstreetgallery.org, just click on the “Artists’ tab.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people and art community that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out the website at lemonstreetgallery.org, Find us on Facebook at Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc. and we are on Instagram under  #lemonstreetgallery

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy.

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March 21, 2021

It’s been a busy few weeks at the Gallery!  One of our ceramic artists, Carley Lyons, brought in some new pieces.  But the problem is—albeit an excellent “problem” is as soon as we place her pieces on display, they are swept up and purchased.  A friend of the Gallery, Beth Stich, took a beautiful “Facepot” piece home to add to her growing collection of Carley’s pieces.  You just need to see her works in person!

So as we all try to slowly move toward some semblance of normalcy, our three April Featured Artists ( April 2- May 9th) will have a Second Saturday Reception from 6-9PM ,Saturday, April 10th.  The three fabulous artists are mixed media artist Missy Isely-Poltrock ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/missy-isely-poltrock.html ), ceramic artist Julie Schilf ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/julie-schilf.html and photographer Rebecca Power ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/rebecca-power.html ). Lemon Street will be following all Covid-19 safety guideline, which includes required masks, social distancing and limited capacity.  Also, for the first time we will be having a Meet the Artist Day with the three artists on Sunday, May 2, 11-4PM.  Hope to see all of you there to support these wonderful artists.

This is sooo exciting and an additional small step towards a normal existence!  Lemon Street Gallery will be offering our PLEIN AIR  (A fancy word for “painting outdoors”) class for kids!!!  It will be Monday – Friday June 21 – July 1st and is a free painting class. The Plein Air-style painting class will be in Union Park with instructor, Bryanna VanCaster. Participants will meet at Lemon Street to gather supplies, and then walk one block to Union Park. If the weather is not conducive to painting outdoors, the group will meet in Lemon Street’s classroom.  Upon completion of the program, students will experience their own Opening Reception of the artwork they created during class. Lemon Street Gallery will host this public reception for the artists and their families on the August Second Saturday (July 10th). Permission slips MUST be completed for students to attend.  This class is limited to 15 students aged 7-12 years old.  Sign up at: https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/classes.html

As I stated, it has been a busy few weeks here at the Gallery.  Lemon Street Gallery is proud to welcome a new abstract artist: JKalani!  Currently JKalani has pieces at Lemon Street Gallery and at Fusion (5014  7th Avenue).  Fusion is a Non-Profit for Performing and Visual artists.   Her pieces will be at Fusion until March 31st, check out her works and the music venue!!  Fusion also has art projects on Sundays (3-6pm) by our own Jill Zgorzelski .  So check out JKalani’s works here, at Lemon Street and at Fusion!! http://www.kenoshafusion.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/kensohafusion/ )

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people and art community that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 21, 2021

What another busy week at the gallery.  The first gallery changeover for 2021 was completed.  So many beautiful pieces. The Draw Joseph show came down after a very successful show that centered around Racine & Kenosha artists that participated in Open Draws throughout the years.  It was cool seeing the artists visiting and viewing their pieces on display.  All the pieces are donated to Joseph Vignieri after a drawing session is completed.  So many of the artists have not seen their works in a few years.

After the Draw Joseph show came down, Beth Dary, our Executive Director, and I set up the much-anticipated WAREHOUSE Sale!! I love, love, love this sale!  Annually our members have the opportunity to clear out their studios and work spaces to make room for more art making.  This gives us, the public, the opportunity to pick up truly fabulous pieces at deep discounts.  When I say deep, I mean 40% or more!  Paintings, ceramics and jewelry and more.  Artists will be dropping off pieces throughout the sale, which goes through March 28. So, it is constantly being added to and changing over.

One of our artists and newest Board of Director members, Jill Zgorzelski, picked up at the Warehouse Sale opening weekend a couple of Betsy Davis’ “creepy baby face” cups. I, personally, am a huge fan of the “creepy baby face” ceramic pieces Betsy makes.  In particular the magnets and pins.  I also love the fact artists supporting artists. Seriously folks, the variety in the sale is amazing!

Lastly, I would like to reach out and make a request.  One of our members, metal artist and sculptor Matt Bellefeuille is collecting children books for an elementary school teacher he knows.  It is a good cause, in that this teacher wants to add a section in her classroom library called “Read to the Littles You Love” with children books the kids can take home.  What a great

idea!  Pre-pandemic COVID-19 days, my certified Therapy R.E.A.D dog Toulouse and I would go to local libraries and schools for kids to read to my dog.  For kids to be able to take a book home and read at their own pace is just wonderful.  So, as I stated previously, I have a request:  If you have any children books you would like to donate, Lemon Street is taking the collections to pass on to Matt. You can bring the books to the Gallery Friday-Sunday or by appointment.  It will be so appreciated.

 I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Open Fridays-Saturdays 11-5pm, Sundays 11-4pm and by appointment Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery . 

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy

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February 7, 2021

 It’s been a busy week at Lemon Street.  It was the first change over of the Gallery for 2021.  The change over happens quarterly and all new art is installed in 2 gallery rooms.  So many wonderful new works by our member artists!

Speaking of new art…we have a new member artist.  Dean Habegger www.deanhabegger.com  Dean is a contemporary American artist. He earned a BS in Art Education and a BFA in Painting. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a full graduate merit scholarship, earning an MFA in Painting and Drawing.  He works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing and mixed media collage and assemblage. Along with creating new works on paper, canvas and wood, he also recycles and reworks unfinished older works. These works are created by sanding, scraping, scratching, drawing and painting.  He has shown his works at other galleries, including Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, Illinois ( www.thebluemoongallery.com ).

This is the last weekend for the Draw Joseph show in our Brick Galley.  The next installation in the Brick is our Warehouse sale.  This is a fabulous chance to pick up wonderful art for 40% or more discount off the artist’s original price.  It is the artist’s opportunity to make room in their studios to create more works, and your opportunity to take home really beautiful works!  The Warehouse sale will be in the Brick through the middle of March.  Don’t miss it!!!!

 One of my favorite things about working in the Gallery, is the people.  I enjoy talking to everyone that comes in.  This weekend an artist from Kansas City stopped in.  His name was Paul Alexander.  He is here in Kenosha painting a mural for a friend and took a break and stopped in.  He showed me his works and they are exceptional.  He paints large, really large.  You can follow him on Facebook (Paul Alexander Hardcore Artist) or Instagram (Hardcoreartist).  Check him out.  I so enjoy meeting artists and seeing all the different works.  

 So, brave the cold this week to catch the last weekend of the Draw Joseph show and next week the WAREHOUSE Sale!!!!

 I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery . 

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy 

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January 25, 2021

Some exciting activities will be happening at the Gallery next week.  This only occurs four times a year!  It’s Gallery Changeover time!!!  This is when we change all the art in the gallery with new pieces by our members.

In 2020 many artists I know struggled with creating pieces.  I was one of those people, but I finally shook off the effects of the past year and created two primate paintings that will be on display.  Yes, I am shamelessly shouting myself out in this blog. It has been so long since I had painted, I was afraid to start.  But now I can’t stop!  I believe many other people are going back to creating pieces and thus bring back some normalcy to their lives and others.

Speaking of new art, we have some new and returning artists to the Gallery.  Welcoming back oil painter, Sara Townsend, and her piece “The Dunes”. We are so glad to have her and her beautiful pieces back.  You will be able to see this piece after the changeover.

Our new artists include Ryszarda Edens and David & Lizbeth Gage.
Ryszarda Edens is an oil painter that came to the United States from Poland when she was 9 years old.  She says she “…mostly references photos to initiate a painting, never knowing how it will turn out until she is inspired an emotion with the viewer…”  She paints a variety of subjects, from landscapes, to crows and one of my favorites-GOATS.  You will absolutely love her works.
David & Lizbeth Gage are oil and acrylic painters.  They have traveled extensively throughoutthe country and Europe. They wrote that they have: “…traveled extensively from Florida to Alaska, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy and even though the landscape is different, there is a unique beauty everywhere I look. I cannot help myself but try to capture this beauty in a work of art and hopefully share this beauty with others who see my work”.     We are so happy to have these very talented artists join Lemon Street, so please stop in and see their works and maybe take one(or more) home.
Well, the Bernie mitten hysteria has also hit the Gallery.  Though sweater mittens are nothing new to the Gallery, Betsy Davis has brought in additional sweater mittens that are soooo cool!  My personal favorites are the ones that have the zipper pocket in them.  So, forget about Vermont mittens and check out Kenosha’s own sweater mittens!
And lastly, Artworks (4513 Sheridan) is continuing the very fun and popular 1×1 art show. So, you have another chance if you missed it last month. Chet Griffin is still accepting new 1X1 pieces, too.   On the brick gallery wall he is accepting “Love” themes work. The theme is open to your interpretation! Get work into Artworks by February 11th for a Second SaturdayFebruary 13th opening reception!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery . 

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy 

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January 14, 2021

Joseph Vigniri ( www.DrawJoseph.com ) and Shelby Nesmith have set up the Draw Joseph show and it is just a wonderful body of works. 

This show features works by Kenosha artists that have drawn Joseph over the years. One of these local artists that has his works featured is John Terhardt.  John’s two pieces are titled “Anaconda” and “Ridem Joseph”.  John told me his inspiration for “Anaconda” was that it was one of his first drawing sessions with Joseph.  That evening Joseph came into the draw after modeling at 5-6 other venues throughout the state and the day. Joseph seemed exhausted, in John’s words. John was thinking Joseph was all consumed by all the travel, thus consumed by the snake.  There is so much local talent in this show, so please do not miss it! Because of COVID-19, Joseph is not conducting in-person draws. But he is not going to stop him, so he is doing live draws on Tuesdays 6-8:30pm via Zoom. Go to DrawJoseph.com to register.

The Draw Joseph show is open from January 2 through February 14, 2021.

Lemon Street closed another successful Artistree show in the Brick Gallery.  Artistree is our annual giftable art show that runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve.  A few of our wonderful artists stopped in before we opened to pick up pieces. Becky, Lisa and their buddy, Molly Bigalke stopped in.  Their Mom, Melody Bigalke, is a long-time Artist member.  Melody does fantastic gourd pieces, that look like ceramic bowls in their intricacy.  Becky and Lisa are very talented in their own right as print makers.  Becky and Lisa own Rudbeckia.Press (https://facebook.com/Rudbeckia.press ) so check them out and Like/Follow these two sisters and Melody’s work at the gallery.  Melody will be one of our Featured Artists in the Brick gallery later this year (September 17-October 24), so you can see her recent body of works too.

Julie Schilf and her aussies, KodaBear and GingerBerry came in at the end of the day to check schedules.  Julie is one of our ceramic artists and does such whimsical, yet functional pieces.  From sculptures to clocks, rattles, bells, bowls, cups and platters.  Julie will be a Featured Artist too this year – April 2 through May 9, so mark your calendars.  You can visit her page on Facebook at CrackPot Studios – Julie Schilf.  A bit of exciting news is Julie’s son, Michael Schilf, won Best Crime Film at the 2020 Los Angeles Film Awards.  The film is called “The Fixer” #TheFixer.  It is a very proud moment for Julie and Michael.  I can’t wait to see it!

The Gallery has recently accepted some new very talented artists in the past month.  I will share their works in my next blog.  But if you can’t wait till then, stop in Fridays and Saturdays 11-5pm or Sundays 11-4pm to see the works in person.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me, or our Director, Beth Dary and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. 

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy 

Check us out at  Lemonstreetgallery.com
Facebook – Lemon Street Gallery  and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery

Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace is located at 4601 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha,WI 53140
262-605-4745
(This article first appeared in the 1/14/21 issue of the Smart reader)

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December 13, 2020

It was a relatively quiet weekend at the Gallery, but I still had many people stop in to say HI!  

Joseph Vignieri of Draw Joseph https://drawjoseph.com/ and Shelby Nesmith stopped in to go over artworks for an upcoming show in January.  Joseph used to have his Tuesday Draw at Lemon Street, but he has moved to a huge studio at 16th Street in Racine and does Zoom live draws on Tuesday nights.  Stay tuned for more details, but Joseph never fails to entertain us with his music, stories and art.  

Bobby Childers stopped in.  She creates the most interesting Steam punk jewelry and boxes you will ever see.  We want to also congratulate her on winning entry in the We Vote” Exhibition.  She also came in third place.  First place winner was our own Terry Evans and Second place went to Kate Peterson.  Congratulations to ALL the participants!  It was a cool exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Women’s right to vote.  Well done all!!

ARTISTREE is still going at full speed.  So much original art and gifts to be found in our annual show.  One of the most popular gifts is from Pampered Pups www.pamperedpupstreats.com Jane Powers and Arianna Ruiz were in replenishing the beautiful and unique treats for our canine family members.  In fact, they look good enough for human consumption! Our Holiday Gift Show continues through Christmas Eve, so stop in and shop for one of a kind jewelry, art, scarfs, mittens and so much more.

It’s that time again! ARTWORKS and Penicillium’s call for 1”x1” masterpieces. The annual 1×1 exhibit opens on Jan 9. Chet will supplying boards to work on, or mount your art on. The rules? Your piece must be 1 inch by 1 inch…yup that simple. Please have your pieces (up to 5) turned in by Friday Jan 8 for the Saturday opening reception. Write your name, title, and price on the back. Artworks does not take entry fees anymore so he is doing a 50/50 split so please price your work accordingly. See Chet at Artworks at 4513 Sheridan or www.artworkskenosha.net  or Facebook: Art Works FB
I hope you enjoyed this weeks glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at4601 Sheridan.
Check us out at  Lemonstreetgallery.com
Facebook – Lemon Street Gallery  and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy.
(this first appeared in the 12/17/20 issue of the Smart Reader)

 

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 November 27, 2020

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now on to Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday weekend! This blog is so much more than the Gallery, but about the people that make the gallery-the artists, patrons and other wonderful characters that I am so lucky to meet, know and interact with.


This week Jill C. Zgorzelski ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/jill-zgorzelski.html ) and her friend Suann stopped in to drop off more of her art.  Krampus (and avocado) ornaments for Artistree.  Come see her other works at Lemon Street. Her cat paintings are just wonderful fun adorable works. You can also see Jill on select Sunday evenings at Union Park Tavern for “Selling Art Sundays”.  Check her Facebook art page https://www.facebook.com/jillczgorzelski orhttps://www.facebook.com/jillian.zgorzelski for schedule and what else she is up too! Or maybe run into her here at the gallery.  

Speaking of running into people – Rick Braunshausen(https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/rick-braunshausen.html ), one of our artists stopped in Sunday.  Rick won Jill Z’s Monster Makeover last week!  I can not WAIT to see what she creates.  Rick is one of the most supportive people/artists in town (Thank you Rick for your donation to my Giving Tuesday Fundraiser), but even more notable about Rick is that he tells the most hysterical Dad jokes to come down the line.  I love when he comes in, because I know he will leave me with a groaner/SMH joke.

Speaking of running into people – Rick Braunshausen(https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/rick-braunshausen.html ), one of our artists stopped in Sunday.  Rick won Jill Z’s Monster Makeover last week!  I can not WAIT to see what she creates.  Rick is one of the most supportive people/artists in town (Thank you Rick for your donation to my Giving Tuesday Fundraiser), but even more notable about Rick is that he tells the most hysterical Dad jokes to come down the line.  I love when he comes in, because I know he will leave me with a groaner/SMH joke.

James Block ( https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/james-block.html ) came in to check on things and say HI. James is primarily a watercolor artist, but does not limit is creativity to that medium.  His seasonal original watercolor cards are always in demand.  His Christmas/winter themed cards are available in Artistree now.  But look close at his photo.  Jim is wearing one of his signature creatures on his shirt.   The whimsical red flightless birds!  And if you are familiar with his works, you will see he will sneak these creatures in many of his pieces.

 

It was such a lovely sunny day Friday, that the Clark Family came in.  Tom, Ruth and Cherish.  Tom Clark (https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/tom-clark.html ) is one of our long-time artists and supporters (and fabulous story-teller).  Tom’s primary medium is picassiette, or broken china mosaics. He likes to say, with a smile, “I break things”.  But what he creates from broken and normally discarded china, glass, or mirrors is not only beautiful, but brings new life to ordinary items. Tom and his granddaughter, Cherish, stopped by to spruce up (no pun intended) the picassiette planters in front of the Gallery.  While waiting for Tom’s wife Ruth to join them, Sherri Wistrom stopped in with LiliBear.  I wrote previously that the two stop by often, but LiliBear got extra pets and cuddles from Cherish on Friday!! You can just see the love in LiliBear’s eyes.  She loves being the center of attention.

Lastly, a call out to another local business and artist.  Have you checked out Donovan Scherer’s Studio Moonfall over at 5031 7th Ave https://www.studiomoonfall.com ? Donovan creates illustrated novels that takes readers of all-ages on adventures into worlds of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He has created The Color of Kenosha: Winter Wonders 2020 coloring book.  Lemon Street Gallery has a coloring page!!! You can pre-order the book too!  I just love what he has created.  Stop in the gallery for the Lemon Street Gallery coloring page. Or better yet, stop into Studio Moonfall.  Donovan is taking pre-orders (mention Lemon Street when ordering), so stop in and visit Donovan and order the complete book!! So much creativity in Kenosha!!! http://www.colorofkenosha.com

I hope you enjoyed this weeks glimpse into Lemon Street and the people that make it so much fun to be a part of!  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/
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November 15, 2020

When I was asked to write or contribute to a blog about Lemon Street Gallery (LSG), I immediately agreed.  But an hour later I thought “What exactly is a ‘blog’?”.  So, referring to my friend Google, I found this definition the most helpful:

• a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Keeping this definition in mind, I will let the readers in on what it is like to work at a non-profit art gallery: Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace.  I will introduce you to some of the artists, patrons, students and others that make this Gallery such a jewel, for not only the Union Park neighborhood, but for Kenosha as a whole.  My first blog is an introduction to a few people and member artists that visited the Gallery on a cold, blustery Sunday- a Packer Gameday Sunday.

One of the things I enjoy most about the Gallery are the people.  I love that member artists stop in just for conversation and a cup of coffee.  Sherri Wistrom stopped in for a hot cup Sunday morning.  Sherri is a member that creates the most beautiful botanical silk pieces you will ever see.  She also works in wool and other fibers to create scarfs, shawls, and cocoons.  

Sherri usually visits with her canine buddy Lily Bear.  Lily Bear is the sweetest Wheaton Terrier you will ever come across!  Their visits bring a smile to my face and just starts the day off on a good foot-or paw!

Another pleasant surprise was one of our Clay Studio artists, Peggy Peroni visit.  Covid-19 has restricted the gallery from opening the Clay Studio to the Public, but that has not stopped some of our patrons from creating at home.  She stopped in to show me what she has been working on.  This beautiful berry bowl is stunning!  I can’t wait to see it glazed and finished.

Who else came in to visit?  Gabriel from Serendipity on 7th (4706 7th Ave.)!  It was the first time I had met him, and his first time in the Gallery.  What a great conversation-and yes-masks and at least 6 feet apart.  Gabriel is a funny, outgoing conversationalist.  We talked about how he started Serendipity on 7th, which is very interesting story in itself.  We talked art (we are in an art gallery, after all) and that his Dad is a prolific painter. Just a delight!

As I wrote previously, many artist members stop in. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Rozwadowski came in to do some Artistree shopping.  Tim is a phenomenal oil painter.  He does portraits, landscapes and still lifes. This is one currently at Gallery, but sorry people-SOLD!    You can also find Tim’s works at Anderson Art Center.

Did I mention Artistree?  Artistree is LSG Annual Holiday Gift Show.  This year it is from November 12-Christmas Eve.  This show has soooo much, I don’t know where to start.  It is giftable art, under $100, by so many talented artists and craftsmen.  Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot have a normal Second Saturday reception, but our Board of Director President, Dale Mellor and member artist Morgan Adams have been doing Facebook Live receptions.  They are a fun and informative tour of what is going on the Brick Gallery.  The next Live reception is December 12 at 6:30PM.  Tune in and ask questions and view the art.

Well, I think that is about it for my first blog.  Please stop in and visit me and the other Artists, Associates and all the wonderful art at Lemon Street Gallery located at 4601 Sheridan. Or check us out at https://www.lemonstreetgallery.org/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LemonStreetGallery and Instagram #lemonstreetgallery . We are a welcoming friendly store in the Union Park Arts District.  After visiting us, check out Re:Vision Art Gallery, Artworks, Alpaca, Serendipity on 7th and then have a meal at Union Park Tap or one of the other local establishments in Union Park.  

Stay Safe, Stay Busy, Stay Healthy

Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace is located at 4601 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha,WI 53140
262-605-4745

This article/blog first appeared in the 11/19/20 issue of the Smart Reader