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Meet Door County Watercolorist Jack Anderson at Cottage Row Reception

Well-known Door County watercolorist Jack Anderson will be the featured artist at Cottage Row Gallery, Sept. 13 – 26. There will be a meet-the-artist reception on Sept. 23, 1- 3 pm, where Anderson will demonstrate how he achieves those fantastic birches.

“October Sun” by Jack Anderson.

“October Sun” by Jack Anderson.

Anderson has been using watercolor as his medium of choice since the mid-1960s. He has both a B.S. and M.S. degree in art education from Northern Illinois University. He taught for 18 years in the Crystal Lake, Ill. area where he met and married his wife Sue, also a teacher. In 1962, Anderson built a summer cottage just north of Gills Rock, where the couple still lives. He became a full-time painter in 1977 when he opened the Jack Anderson Gallery in Sister Bay. In 2007, he and Sue decided to retire and sold the gallery, but Anderson did not retire from painting. He has been exhibiting his watercolors at Cottage Row Gallery in Fish Creek since 2008.

Anderson is still the master of the Door County landscape. In a wide range of shapes and sizes, he reveals his love of nature and Door County. Anderson said, “For the past forty-some years I have concentrated almost solely on the Door County scene. I still find the area very inspiring and every painting has its roots in an actual place. I try to put a sense of comfort in my paintings, even winter subjects do not reflect a harshness of the season. Mother Nature has provided me with a lifetime of subject matter even though I nudge her toward slight departures…she has been a constant partner.”

Cottage Row Gallery is located at 9197 Hwy. 42, ½-mile south of Fish Creek in the big red barn at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery. The gallery is open daily 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, call 920.868.2626 or click here.

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