Fairfield Art Center Prepares for 10th Anniversary and Holiday Gala

This November marks the 10th anniversary of the Fairfield Art Center in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. To celebrate, the art center is planning to host “10. The Tenth Anniversary Holiday Gala & Silent Auction” on Thursday, November 20 from 6:30 – 9 pm.

During the festive, holiday-themed evening, Fairfield guests will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres from area restaurants; select wines from Stone’s Throw Winery; sparkling juices donated by the Door Peninsula Winery; live music by accomplished Kaukauna pianist Brenda Nejedlo, who will play a series of holiday, classical and jazz tunes; and an exciting silent auction that will include signature pieces by well-known Door Peninsula artists as well as a wide variety of select non-art items from area businesses.

All three galleries will be open throughout the evening. In addition to viewing the auction artwork and gift items in the Main Gallery, guests may also view the “Renee Schwaller: Inspirational Symbols in Clay” exhibition in Gallery 242, which opens November 4 and runs through November 29, and selections from the art center’s permanent collection in the Henry Moore Gallery.

Tickets are available in advance at the Fairfield. Guests also may purchase them at the door on the night of the event. The tickets are priced at $45 each for Fairfield members and $50 each for nonmembers. The Fairfield is recommending that people purchase tickets in advance, as space is limited, and the art center may reach capacity before the November 20 event.

“The Holiday Gala has been a premier seasonal event in Sturgeon Bay since its original incarnation as ‘Art of the Trees’ in 2003,” said Walt Freckmann, the Fairfield’s executive director. “It’s also our most important fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from ticket sales and from the silent auction will benefit the art center’s operations, exhibitions and programming as we move forward into our second decade as part of the Door County community.”

For those who would like to get a sneak peek at the featured artwork prior to the gala, signature pieces will be on display in the Fairfield’s first-floor Main Gallery for five weeks starting Thursday, October 16.

“This promises to be an exciting show, with artwork from more than 50 local artists,” said Jacqueline Szczepanski, the Fairfield’s associate director. “We have pieces ranging from pottery and paintings to jewelry and sculpture. The auction will truly highlight the artistic talent in our community.”

For more information call 920.746.0001, send email to [email protected] or visit

The Fairfield will be open 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday; and 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. It will be closed Sundays and Mondays.