ABOUT US

I have always had a deep appreciation and love for almost all forms of artwork... from almost any period of time. Went to school for art, have multiple degrees in art incuding a BFA and MFA, and even taught art in the public school system. Worked as a professional artist in the graphic design business for the majority of my life, and have always collected and surrounded myself with beautiful objects.

But I have a "bad" addiction to collecting. Its hard for me to turn it on and off, love the search, and discovering all the possible diversities.... and owning them. To get a handle on this "addiction", I've learned to create boundaries. My boundary is Wisconsin Art.

Furthermore, I find something truly special about the paintings of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. During that period, the "American Scene" came into its own, and was recognized for its importance. The everyday life and landscape of a growing, changing, and fluctuating America was now documented by a growing number of artists - and even subsidized by government programs. Smaller classifications include: Regionalists, American scene, WPA era (Works Progress Administration), and Rural Artists, etc.

Several years ago the last major gallery in Wisconsin representing these early (1900-1950ish) Wisconsin artists disappeared from Milwaukee. Art of that period can be found in antique malls, auctions, yard sales, flea markets, and with collectors. However, there is a great void and need to promote these artists (most have passed), and in many cases, help their estates find loving homes for neglected, and unsold artwork.

A few years ago, the Gallery of Wisconsin Art (GOWA) opened a large beautiful gallery in West Bend conveniently located across the street from the Museum of Wisconsin Art. MOWA has a nice collection of work from that period to view, but doesn't seem to actively favor or collect it. The Gallery features ONLY Wisconsin Artists with a large selection ranging from the turn of the century to contemporary and emerging artists!

Last year we decided to move closer to retirement and closed the "brick and mortar" gallery. Amazing support, significant awareness, effective web traffic, and growing ecommerce makes the possibility of an online gallery practical and manageable as I head further into retirement.

 

The Gallery is about supporting the fine artistic talent throughout our beautiful state. We are about education, awareness, collecting and networking with the creative.

If you would like to sell or consign artwork, please see our "Submissions" page. If you are a contemprary artist interested in exhibiting at the Gallery, or a homeowner/collector looking to downsize and have beautiful artwork from 1900-1950s we may be able to help you!

Please see our Submissions page.