Fine Line Designs Gallery Opens for 2009 Season

Painting by Ann Tristani.

With over 10 new artists and an impressive line-up of exhibits and events for the 2009 season, Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery will be open daily beginning Friday, May 1.

Several artists encompassing all types of mediums have been added to the gallery’s already impressive cadre for the 2009 season – Sandra Kochan (acrylic), Sara Lubinski (pastel), Ann Tristani (oil), Todd Voss (oil), Steve Uren (furniture), Joshua Rodine (glass), Jude Ryan Reiling (sculpture), Ann Cianciolo (jewelry) and John Taylor (mixed media).

Boat sculpture/mixed media by John Taylor.

The gallery’s first of four artists exhibits will open on Friday, May 15 and will feature the works of Sally Mortonson, Gene Reineking, and Ken Bronikowski. Contemporary realist painter Sally Mortonson creates restful images of nature’s quiet scenes, with her attention to color sense and attention to detail giving way to serene representations of untouched and abandon places. Gene Reineking, a wood sculpturist, draws his inspiration for this work from the creatures and forms that inhabit the woodlands, lakes, and streams that surround his studio in central Wisconsin. He will also be on hand Sunday, May 24 from 11 am – 2 pm for a special artist’s demo. Oil painter Ken Bronikowski tends to paint with a palette of only four colors, allowing him to concentrate on the draftsmanship, temperature, and values of his work. The Artist Reception for Exhibit I is Saturday, May 23 from 4 – 8 pm, with the exhibit itself ending on Wednesday, June 10.

In addition to the four artists’ exhibits being shown throughout the summer, the gallery has also planned other exciting events for the 2009 season. A trunk show is planned for Saturday, June 27 from 10 am – 4 pm, with Beth Wenger Johnstone of Bumblebead Jewelry demonstrating lampworking and basic beadmaking techniques. Fine Line is also hosting plein air painters Tom Maakestad, Lori Beringer, Kathie Wheeler, and others as part of the Door County Plein Air Festival on Tuesday, July 21. Another artist’s demonstration is planned for Saturday, July 25 from 1 – 5 pm with Jan Forkert. Forkert, a silversmith and metal designer, will introduce a new series of enameled sculptural floral centerpieces, and will show viewers how metal is forged into three-dimensional shapes.

Ring by Ann Cianciolo.

Fine Line Designs Gallery is located on Ephraim’s north end at 10376 Highway 42 and features original paintings, sculpture, clay, jewelry, custom wood furnishings, glass and fiber by more than 90 renowned artists. The gallery also hosts the annual Town Line Art Fair every year on Columbus Day weekend. Gallery hours are daily 10 am – 6 pm, except Sundays 10 am – 5 pm. For more information call 920.854.4343 or visit