Fine Line Designs Gallery Opens for 2013 Season

“Squall” by Nan Helscher.

One of the signals to the start of the Door County summer season is the opening of the many galleries throughout the county. To that end, Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery will open for the 2013 season on May 3.

In addition to the premiere of Exhibit I, featuring artists Richard Patt, Kathie Wheeler and Kristy Goggio, the gallery has added several new artists to its cadre for the 2013 season, including two local artists—glass artist Deanna Clayton and mixed media artist Nan Helscher.

Clayton melds history and the present together by employing some of the first glass casting techniques to be used in history with her modern concepts, creating a contemporary object with the essence of an archeological find from another era.

Helscher says she likes to “sculpt” her paintings by using a variety of palette knives, paint spreaders, steel wool, and fine paper to produce the effects she wants. The result is work that is visually textured; yet, smooth to the touch.

Gallery Manager Shari Gransee is delighted to bring these two artists into the fold at Fine Line. “We are extremely excited and honored to represent the two amazingly talented women,” she says. “They bring such a unique, diverse style into our collection.” Other new artists for the 2013 season include painters Lois Eakin and Steve Gerhartz, glass artist John Fields, and jewelry artist Anne Vaughn.

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