“The Four Seasons: Landscape Selections from the Miller Art Museum Permanent Collection” will open with a reception on Saturday, July 25, 7 – 8:30 pm. Intended as a party to celebrate the collection, the evening of appetizers, wine and conversation will be highlighted by the live performance on piano and violin by Capriccio Productions, with the music of Beth Chafey-Hon and Camille Bertagnolli.
More than 30 Wisconsin artists have work in the exhibition that continues through September 15. Early 20th century Door County artists included in the exhibit are Jessie K. Chase, Alice Hotz Apfelbach, Matilda Rogers, Lester Bentley, F. De Forrest Schook, and F. Victor Poole. More recent 20th century artists include Gerhard CF Miller and Phil Austin. Artists currently working in Door County who have paintings in the exhibit are Jack Anderson, IsAbel Beaudoin, Rodger Bechtold, Lorna Bell Cornell, Malin Ekman, Glenn Gerber, Lynn Gilchrist, James Ingwersen, Emmett Johns, and Charles L. Peterson.
The Miller’s Permanent Collection is made up of more than 600 paintings, drawings, printmaking and photography by Midwestern artists, particularly from Wisconsin and Door County. Begun with three gifts of Gerhard Miller egg tempera paintings in 1975, the growth of the collection has relied heavily upon the generosity of donors who submit potential gifts to the museum’s Art Acquisition Committee. Recently, the museum’s curator Deborah Rosenthal has focused her collecting efforts on expanding the drawing portion of the Permanent Collection; however, all of the two-dimensional media are still being collected.
The Miller Art Museum is located at 107 S. 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, with extended hours Monday evening until 8 pm. Closed on Sunday. Museum admission is free, and the galleries are fully accessible. “The Four Seasons” is sponsored by Bill and Betty Parsons. For more information call the museum office weekdays at 920.746.0707.