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Lighthouse Show Featured at Door County Maritime Museum

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:00 am
By: Door County Maritime Museum

Lighthouses are definitely in the spotlight at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay where “The Lighthouse Show” is currently on exhibit.  This extraordinary collection of paintings featuring Door County’s many historic lighthouses is now on display in the Museum’s Reddin Bridge Room. 

The show will continue through June 23 which means it will be up during the Museum’s annual Door County Lighthouse Festival June 7-9.

A “meet the artists” member reception is scheduled for Friday, May 31 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  All maritime museum members and their guests are invited to this special opportunity to view these wonderful lighthouse paintings and meet the artists who created them.  The reception is free to all Door County Maritime Museum members.  This is a nominal $5.00 charge for non-member guests.  Please contact the Museum at (920) 743-5958 for reservations. 

“The Lighthouse Show” features the works of a number of talented Door County outdoor painters including Bill Doyle, Sally Everhardus, Glenn Gerber, Barbara Kenyon, Jim Leatham, Randy Rasmussen and Rob Williams.

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Door County has 11 lighthouses, most of which are still operational, making it one of the most populated areas in the country for these sentinels of the sea. Each light has its own distinctive style and backdrop, making them a popular subject of painters.

“My paintings attempt to capture the unique and often overlooked places in our environment,” said Doyle. “I am particularly attracted to subjects of our past involving working structures.

Outdoor painting on location which comprises the plein air style is a common thread through each of these painters.

clientuploads/news/1 May 2013/Lighthouse_2.jpg“Painting on location with a minimum of supplies gives me a sense of freedom and belonging to nature,” said Kenyon.

"We are delighted to host Door County Outdoor Painters first group exhibit,” said June Larson, the museum’s assistant curator.  “The show features 37 renderings of Door County lighthouses.  Stepping into the gallery, the visitor is transported into a lighthouse lover's paradise.  I'm pleased with the diversity of media, styles and interpretations. Information about these talented artists is included in the exhibit.  Another good thing is that all the paintings are available for purchase."

Adding to the exhibit is a silent auction of collectible figurines to benefit the museum. There are 25 in all, most from the Harbour Lights collection. The lights will include both coastal and Great Lakes lights, including some from Door County. It’s a great opportunity for collectors to fill out their collections.

For more information on the exhibit, the silent auction or to request a Lighthouse Festival brochure, visit Festival tickets can be ordered on the Website or by calling 920-743-5958.

tags: Lake Michigan, Events, History

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