Craig Blietz Featured in Hardy 2013 Raffle

“Ephraim Night Watch,” acrylic on canvas, by Craig Blietz.

The nonprofit Hardy Gallery announces the availability of tickets for its 2013 fundraising raffle underway now until Oct. 15. Proceeds generated from the raffle will support the organization’s mission to foster the visual arts on the Door Peninsula.

“Ephraim Night Watch,” by Sister Bay artist Craig Blietz, inspired by Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch,” 1642, is up for auction. Deep colors set the Hardy Gallery in the background as two bright goats overlook the structure.

Blietz is best known for his rural and agrarian inspired imagery, primarily that featuring domestic farm animals. Blietz’s work presents a surreal interpretation of animals in the ‘pastoral scene’ suggesting much about the relationship of the animals to one another and the resulting parallel to human behavior.

“I believe in supporting organizations that are a part of the community I live in,” Blietz states. “I also believe in the importance of signs and symbols in our lives. The Hardy Gallery represents Door County art and is an important symbol to include in the piece. The building is an icon for the arts in Door County. My subject tends to be animals, and animals proliferate Door County life. The two make sense in a vision of the community.”

This year the Hardy is partnering with the Door County Humane Society, and as part of the Hardy’s ongoing “Art from the Heart” initiative, DCHS will receive 10 percent of ticket sales.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn Oct. 15 at the gallery.

Blietz is represented locally by Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek. For more information visit