Charlene’s Gallery Ten Opens the 2011 Season on May 7

Norm Knott installing his Buddha with natural found objects.

For many years Rockford native Norm Knott has been a featured artist at Charlene’s Gallery Ten in Gills Rock, and this year, as the gallery opens for the 2011 season on May 7, it will have a new centerpiece room on the first floor dedicated to showcasing Knott’s Buddha and his art derived from natural objects.

Knott, an award-winning artist, worked as a decorator at Value City Furniture, and when his boss decided to toss out a large plastic Buddha, Knott leaped at the opportunity to repurpose the object. He covered the object with jewels and tiny paper scrolls derived from Chinese newspapers. The Buddha became the centerpiece of a meditative installation at the Freeport Art Museum, but the installation has now acquired a new resting spot.

There are a series of upcoming events planned throughout the season as well. On May 28 from 3 – 5 pm author, artist and musician Debbie Clement will be featured in a book signing for her latest publication, Red, White and Blue. On July 9, artist Ray Kapfamer will present a one-day, plein air workshop at the gallery.

Charlene’s Gallery Ten, located at 12625 Highway 42 in Gills Rock, will be open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. GT Coffee, open daily from 8 am – 5 pm, complements the gallery and serves espresso drinks and Door County cherry pie.

For more information call 920.854.9907 or visit