Nature as Subject Matter and Media, Next at Gallery Ten

“Farm Sketch” by Michael DeFrancesco.

The public is invited to meet Michael DeFrancesco, along with Mary Gehm, at an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 19 from 3 – 5 pm at Charlene’s Gallery Ten in Gills Rock.

“My work is a synthesis of all my experiences as an artist,” says DeFrancesco who was awarded the prestigious Robert Allerton Scholarship at age 15, and while still in his teens was chosen as one of 12 portrait artists for Walt Disney productions in Anaheim California.

His work, now executed in oils on panel board, is a hauntingly beautiful collection of serene landscapes on exhibit at Charlene’s Gallery Ten in Gills Rock from September 19 through October 22.

“Herb Tree” by Mary Gehm.

Original “plant paintings” by Sturgeon Bay artist Mary Gehm will be featured in the Tower Gallery at Charlene’s for the same duration as DeFrancesco’s artwork.

Working with natural biological material as both the subject matter and the content of her art, Gehm fashions herself an avid “plant painter.” This fascinating approach to expressing herself through nature developed just a few years ago. Gehm took a Master Gardener class in 2004 and made friends with other class members who had gardens full of wonderful plants.

“All of a sudden – in addition to things from my own gardens – there were lots and lots of colors, textures, shapes and sizes of pressed plant materials!” says Gehm.

To view the work of DeFrancesco or Gehm, stop by Charlene’s Gallery Ten, located at 12625 Hwy. 42 in Gills Rock. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am – 3 pm. GT Coffee, complements the gallery, serving espresso drinks and Door County cherry pie by-the-slice with fall hours, Thursday through Monday from 8 am – 3 pm. For more information call 920.854.9907 or visit