Miller Art Museum Debuts Charles Peterson Retrospective

The Miller Art Museum announced that its retrospective exhibition of the nationally celebrated maritime artist and Ephraim resident Charles L. Peterson will open to the public July 22. Charles L. Peterson: An Artist’s Life Work explores the artistic development of a master artist and will feature more than forty works spanning more than seven decades.

A free public reception honoring the artist is scheduled for July 22, 5 – 6:30 pm. Peterson is scheduled to provide remarks along with introductions from Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead and Curator Deborah Rosenthal.

This year, Peterson, born in Elgin, Ill., in 1927, celebrated his 90th birthday; the occasion provides the opportunity to survey a lifetime of work from an artist who is a true master of the watercolor medium. Peterson, known since childhood as “Chick,” is recognized nationally for his vivid maritime scenes and “The Memories Series” of limited edition prints comprised of multi-layered, elaborate compositions of scenes of everyday life. This exhibition demonstrates the artist’s mastery of a wide variety of media including oil, etching and lithography, drawing media, and ceramic sculpture.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Chick as a member of our community,” said Deborah Rosenthal, curator. “His sense of humor is as great a gift as his masterful artwork. And his impressive work ethic combined with his humility in the face of his many accomplishments provides us with a remarkable role model. This is a must-see exhibition.

Highlights of this comprehensive retrospective are four self-portraits that trace the course of Chick’s art career. Created in a variety of media, they illustrate his acute understanding of portraiture and the human form. The conclusion of the exhibition features a current work in progress.

The exhibit, free and open to the public, is on view in the main gallery of the museum through Sept. 5, 2017. The museum is located in the Door County Library in downtown Sturgeon Bay at 107 S. 4th Ave.

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