The Guild represents lakeshore artists
in a wide variety of visual art forms with the mission of advancing the appreciation of art.
in a wide variety of visual art forms with the mission of advancing the appreciation of art.
Artist Statement: Chad Patrick Beeman. My inspiration comes from the past and present. I'm a 70s child with an 80s influence who's still trying to grow up. I was born with an urge to create and I have been creating art works since as early as I can recall. With a strong interest in art history, old architecture, vintage artifacts and the human form, I've worked in many forms of media.
Artist Statement: Erin LaBonte received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She has participated in artistic residencies and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Erin explores many artistic mediums in her studio work—intrigued by the relationship between material and concept. She is an advocate for bringing art to public spaces and community engagement. Erin is an Assistant Art Professor at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.
Artist Statement: Brian Mittnacht
I am professionally trained in custom guitar building and repair. I specialize in electric guitars and try to build unique instruments of heirloom quality, tailored to a customer's chosen specifications. With guitars, just about everything has been done already. I try to put my own unique spin on the classics and try to do what you can't buy off the shelf. All of the wood I use is sourced from environmentally responsible establishments and they are hand crafted in my shop just outside of Manitowoc.
Artist Statement: Rebecca Jabs is a freelance science illustrator dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and awareness through images that interpret the natural world.
Artist Statement: Dennis W. Ninmer
Today with digital photography, you need to be much more than just a photographer. To me it is being an Artist of Photography. This includes an education in photography, the ability to create your own work, from concept to the finished print or a unique process of your own.
All my prints are archival quality, which means that they are printed with the best possible papers, ink and equipment. My work consists of both Original and Limited Edition prints, all which are numbered and signed (00/00). The original print will be one of a kind and will not be duplicated in any form. Limited Editions will be made in editions of 10 or less of any given image.
The images I photograph; I make unique in their own way. I do not like images that are shot in the same location as others. I see to many prints time and time again which look like the photographers were standing on an “X” to get the same identical shot. In other words, You Must Be Creative!
Artist Statement: Katie Schamburek
I love to experiment with a variety of art forms, but currently my favorites have been acrylic and watercolor. Animals are one of my favorite subjects to paint. I own Glaze & Paint, an art studio open to the public to come and create. We offer canvas, glass, and wood painting as well as ceramic glazing. We also offer classes. I believe there is an artist in everyone and I opened my studio to help others discover that. I believe that Manitowoc needed a space for people to unleash their creative side, so I opened Glaze & Paint for painters of all ages. We have something for everyone!
Artist Statement: Jill Chadek
To touch something soft and silky awakens our earliest emotions!
The pleasure of the touch of silk, and that long forgotten memory of the satin ribbon that I soothed myself into slumber with as a child started my exploration of silk painting and my fascination with textiles. A few years later I was introduced to felt making, a magical process that transforms wool fibers into cloth using just moisture and friction! Then, when I discovered that I could incorporate the two, working the fibers to lock into the silk fabric I was hooked!
Through time, that magical process of felt making has inspired and allowed me to express my passion for color, pattern and texture. This medium allows me to “paint” using fibers, hand dyed and repurposed fabrics, unique yarns, and other embellishments to create wearable art.
Though I consciously have a design in mind when I start a project, my unconscious, and the fibers, influence my hands and the final outcome. Using the highest quality of silk and blending with the softest of fibers, I create beautiful, one-of-a-kind items to adorn your body.
I am grateful for the joy that I experience in the creation of each item and trust that wonderful emotions are awakened in the wearer of my garments.
Artist's Statement: Adrianna Satori
I am a local artist who graduated
from the University of
Wisconsin-Green Bay with a double major in Art and Graphic Design. I create surrealist oil
paintings that consist of whimsical creatures that are inspired by human organs. This series is inspired by health issues certain family members have experienced. Through my paintings I want to show the strength and instability of the human body. My paintings have an illustrativequality to them with a blend of cool and warm tones and a vibrant yet soft feel. I like to work directly on the canvas and adjust ideas as I go. I also enjoy working in multiple mediums such
as printmaking and watercolor. I find working in multiple mediums expands my creativity andoffers new ways to express myself in my paintings.
Artist Statement: Erik James Leatherwerks is a husband and wife partnership dedicated to creating beautiful hand-made leather goods using the finest materials combined with a passion for craftsmanship and timeless design. Artists James and Jill Iverson.
Artist Statement: Jim Dolan
My work in watercolor is somewhat unusual due to the depth and intensity of color that I attempt to achieve, as well as my attention to texture and detail. It also reflects my interest in painting the beauty of ordinary things and events in a realistic fashion. Whether creating a still life, a grouping of flowers, a landscape or cityscape, and the occasional portrait, I fell that my task is to reveal the story within each subject to the viewers of my art. I believe that even the most mundane subject that I select to paint has a beauty of its own, as well as a history and a reason for being. If I paint a crystal vase resting on a handmade doily, I feel these objects are filled with the unseen presence of their owner. It is this presence, this history, this beauty that I strive to bring to life in all of my paintings. My desire is to stimulate personal feelings and reawaken the personal memories of my viewers through the medium of watercolor.
Artist Statement: Cindy and Corey Hoppenrath are Wisconsin-based photographers who have enjoyed traveling and the outdoors all their lives, the last 20+ years doing it together and with cameras in hand.
Their subjects vary from scenic, wildlife, still life, and most recently the daily life on a small farm.
Whether in the backyard wildflower garden, standing on the shore of a quiet Wisconsin lake, or on a mountain out west, they enjoy capturing the beauty before them and relaying the feeling that inspired them to stop and photograph the scene.
Artist Statement: Jody Kuchar
Celebrating the art of creativity and "making". Art is that which is not needed, but is desired.
Artist Statement: Judith C. La Grow
I was born in a suburb of Chicago and grew up mostly in cities along the Lake Michigan shore. As an adult I lived on both the coasts of Oregon and Florida. I now reside in Two Rivers, WI.
In retrospect, it is no surprise that water, shorelines, and lighthouses have been a central theme in my artwork. I have visited over 65 lighthouses so far.
My foundation of art training was in an excellent course in high school. I have taken many art classes, but am mostly self taught. For 25 years I had my own business, restoring pottery and porcelain art pieces.
I work mostly in acrylics and pastels. I also enjoy trying new media.
Artist Statement: John M. Rohrer
I've been using photography as my chosen media of expression for
over 40 years. I seek out the expressive and the unusual in the natural
world. I mainly work in black and white, but I do some work in color.
Artist Statement: Susan Murtaugh
Susan Murtaugh, is a graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. She’s worked over 50 years in advertising and graphic design, including 20 years as Principal of her own design firm. She’s used every traditional art medium, except a sewing machine.
Since 2009, her preferred tools are her iPhone and iPad. She’s been featured in several international shows, online galleries, workshops and in local and international news. Her work and tutorials have been featured in Digital Artist Magazine and various online venues. She has curated more than a dozen digital art shows in Las Vegas, NV, Phoenix, AZ, Palo Alto, CA, Toronto Canada and Hamburg, Germany. She also has served for 3 years as Artist in Residence for Manitowoc's public schools. She will be teaching DAP, an intensive digital comic workshop to Manitowoc teens this summer through a partnership with the Rahr-West Art Museum and Manitowoc Library. She loves sharing the joys of mobile digital art.
Susan resides in the Town of Two Creeks, WI with her husband, Phil and son, Alex.
Artist's Statement: Chrisje Sanders
Stephanie R Carpenter is a letterpress printer, book artist, and graphic designer. She is the Assistant Director at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. At the museum she teaches workshops and gives tours, Her evenings are spent creating personal art in the form of posters, installations, and artists' books. She is currently an adjunct art faculty member at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. She received a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts and graphic design from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
David Carpenter is a painter, draftsman, Illustrator, and educator. While he focuses primarily on works done with oil paint on panel, he also enjoys working with linoleum cuts and wood engraving, as well as most drawing media. He earned his Master of Fine Arts, with a concentration in painting, from the New York Academy of Art. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in studio art, with a concentration in painting and drawing, from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He currently teaches at the Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, WI and at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
Artist Statement: Cheryl Mahowald.
I took my first papermaking class in 1994. It was like the mothership calling me home. I was drawn to the sensory aspect and 'zen-like' quality of making paper by hand. Paper is an incredibly versatile medium. Collage, sculpture, quilts, books, clothing, lighting: you name it and most likely it can be made with paper. Artist's Books have been a natural evolution from papermaking. They are the culmination of my passion for paper, hand bookbinding and creative expression.
Artist Statement: Elizabeth J. Vande Ven
I create in all types of media: painting, sculpture, carving, writing, and all my life, recycling, first from necessity, then later to make art forms. I have done four large art pieces for The Einstein Project in Green Bay and have donated pieces to many charitable causes.
I enjoy everything about art. I have a winter home in De Pere and a summer home in Bailey's Harbor, and I spend many hours creating at each. I've also been writing all my life, have had many poems published and have won many awards on both my art and poetry. I have been in many competitions and juried shows.
My motto is "a day with out working on art is a day wasted". I really love it.
Artist Statement: David Pozorski
A self taught wood turner, I’ve practiced the craft since 2008. I starting out by turning the basic bowl in numerous sizes, from a small 4”, to a large 20”. Progressing over time, I now enjoy turning Christmas tree ornaments, jewelry (pill) boxes, urns, wall hangings and vessels.
I recently started to turn vessels up to 18” tall and 3/32” thin, carved with dental tools, and finished by airbrush painting them.
I turn for my own pleasure, not intending to make any financial gain, unless I’m lucky enough to sell a piece.
Artist Statement: Daryl Peterson
Art for me is life. From a splash of color on a canvas or a wall to a colorful musical arrangement. I like to explore all aspects of being an artist. My whole life, I've enjoyed painting as a profession or a hobby. I like to express myself through poetry or writing songs and playing the guitar. I couldn't see myself living in a world where personal expression through art didn't exist.
Artist's Statment: Robert Burkard
I started working with professional art mediums when I was 12 years old. Over the past 40 years I have moved solidly into impressionism with my choice medium being watercolors and my goal changed to provoke the creativity and emotions of the viewer.
My inspiration comes from everyday objects and situations. These are often found in an animal, an obscure landscape, the decay of infrastructure, or simply people living their lives. I have a very large corpus of work that contains thousands of paintings and drawings from subject matter around the world.
Artist's Statement Jennifer Anne
Organic patterns -- branches, leaves, stems and blooms; waves, bubbles, ripples; clouds and other things shaped by wind – these are my vocabulary and my color palette in making my art. My fascination with the natural world is nurtured by lots of looking, while outside and in, as I travel through neighborhoods, cities, parks, greenways and waterways.