Art is Love

Photo by Ty Helbach.

Sturgeon Bay’s Greco Gallery invites the public to an artists reception and winter open house on Nov. 21, 5 – 8 pm. Meet the artists who belong to this collective gallery, enjoy complimentary refreshments and holiday treats. Long-standing member artists Bethany Kirwen, Melissa Clark, Stephanie Holznecht, Katie Starr, Dawn Patel, Mary and Pete Bosman, Kim Lyon, Helen Bacon and Kelly Avenson have been constantly working and creating.

The event will also welcome a few new faces for this holiday season, including guest artists Andrea Naylor, Ty Helbach, Gail Franke and Kayla Wilke.

Naylor,, is currently showing an exhibit of works in watercolor, acrylic, and pen-and-ink. Naylor says that her art is inspired by her time spent living and working abroad, and that she in turn uses art to remain inspired and to inspire others.

Helbach,, is a recent Door County transplant and is inspired in his photography by nature and music, and finds plenty of both in his new home.

Franke,, has always been intrigued by shadows and light, and they are a major focus of her oil paintings. After spending most of her career painting in a studio setting, she began painting in plein air and now most of her work is done this way, even in winter.

Wilke, creator of Apple Blossom Products, offers her handmade, natural products for the home and body. Products include deodorant, vapor rub, sugar scrubs, laundry soap and more packaged in refillable vintage glass jars.

Greco Gallery is also promoting its “Art is Love“ campaign, an effort to encourage giving the gift of art for the holidays, such as small prints, cards, magnets, up-cycled creations, wearables, jewelry, painting and photography. There will be an “Art is Love” raffle the evening of the open house.

Greco Gallery, located on Sturgeon Bay’s historic Third Avenue, is open 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 10 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday; and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. For more information call 920.743.5000 or visit