Oil Painting and Woodturning Highlighted at Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery
Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery will feature the oil paintings of David S. Lupes and the woodturnings of Ralph Pipp during the Mid-Summer Exhibit starting July 1 and continuing through August 4.
A former resident of Door County, David Lupes now lives and paints in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. His landscapes include scenes from the nearby Mississippi River as well as the farms, ridges, and valleys of Wisconsin’s beautiful and dramatic drift-less region. Primarily a plein air painter, Lupes can sometimes be found (during the coldest days of the Wisconsin winter) enlarging his favorite field sketches into more sizeable studio paintings.
Describing his work, Lupes stated, “I have a passion for the land. Through my observations and ideas about the landscape, I reveal who I am. My paintings are a genuine sort of ‘self-portrait.’ My task is directed at learning to see the beauty in the commonplace and in finding something unique and personal to say about some of nature’s quiet places.”
Ralph Pipp is currently a resident of Carefree, Arizona with a summer home in Door County. Woodturning began as a hobby while he lived and worked in Green Bay. Since retiring, he has turned his hobby into a passion. He works mostly in native woods sometimes embellishing his work with turquoise.
“After I retired, I had time to pursue and refine my interest in woodturning. I took classes in Provo, Utah from Master Wood Turner Mike Mahoney,” Pipp explained. “I joined the Arizona Woodturners Association and became a member of the Sonoran Art League. Most of my work has been created from recycled urban forests. The wood used was destined for a city landfill or for firewood. Creating my functional yet beautiful bowls and vessels has been a personally rewarding experience, knowing that they will be enjoyed for years to come.”
Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery is located one mile east of Hwy 57 on County WD on the way to Whitefish Dunes State Park. The Gallery is open Wednesday through Monday, noon to 5 pm. For more information call 920.743.1560.