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Guenzel Gallery Exhibit Celebrates Fish Creek

“Memory of Our Play Yard,” 30″x40″ acrylic, by Andrea Jauquet.

Painter Andrea Kinsey-Jauquet’s recent large-scale works visit the Fish Creek of her childhood during the 1950s and 1960s in “A Painted History of Fish Creek,” on display in the Guenzel Gallery at Peninsula Art School, 3900 County Highway F in Fish Creek, from May 2 through June 14. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 7 – 9 pm in the gallery. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public.

Kinsey-Jauquet’s 18 landscapes and street scenes, in acrylic and oil, are joined by the extensive collection of plein air paintings created by former Fish Creek summer residents and siblings, Alice Apfelbach and Ferdinand Hotz. Apfelbach and Hotz painted during a 50-year time span, from the 1930s through the 1980s.

Relying on memories and photographs of the time, Kinsey-Jauquet paints a more “open” Fish Creek, where fishing boats in the harbor could be seen from almost any point on Main Street.

“As a young girl, I bonded with the natural beauty of my hometown,” Kinsey-Jauquet says. “Making each painting has brought forth its own story and memories. It has been a rich and rewarding endeavor and in a sense it has preserved Fish Creek.”

Kinsey-Jauquet received a grant from the Peninsula Arts Association in 2006 to aid in the completion of many of these works. Also, the timing of the exhibit dovetails with the 150-year celebration of the founding of Fish Creek.

The Peninsula Art School will be handing out a guide to a walking tour of the sites of Kinsey-Jauquet’s paintings, as well as other information regarding “A Painted History of Fish Creek.”

The Art School will feature free, exhibit-related activities for its Family Day on May 17, from 10 am – 2 pm.

For more information about these events and other PAS workshops, exhibitions, and community programs, call 920.868.3455 or email [email protected].