Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting its first reception of the season on Saturday, May 24 from 4 – 7 pm. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome. With the first exhibit of the gallery season being a group show, all artists able to attend the reception will be introduced at 5 pm in the gallery courtyard. In addition to the artist introductions, the artwork featured in Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ newly opened sculpture garden will also be highlighted.
While both levels of the main gallery will be filled with artwork from many of the gallery’s 145 artists, the Little Gallery will feature the work of oil painter Michael Gallagher. Gallagher creates still life masterpieces with an old-world feel by applying layer upon layer of oil paint.
The exhibit will also feature paperweights by nationally recognized glass artist Paul J. Stankard. Stankard uses the process of flameworking, or lampworking, which is melting manufactured glasses using a gas oxygen torch. The glass is manipulated in the flame with various hand tools, and the work is then encapsulated in clear glass to capture Stankard’s vision.
Accompanying Stankard’s work, the colorful bowls and vases of glass artist Shawn Messenger will also be featured in the main gallery. Messenger describes her work as impressionistic – inspired by flowers, gardens and landscape and washed with splashes of vibrant color.
The exhibit also includes a diverse and beautiful collection of pieces from artists that have been longtime gallery favorites such as John Sayers and Robert and Judi Ekholm, as well as artists whose work is being shown at Edgewood Orchard Galleries for the first time, such as the paintings of artist Tal Walton, which have generated much interest since the gallery opened on May 3.
The group show includes a collection of new artwork from nationally known painter Tom Uttech, whose work has been featured at Edgewood Orchard Galleries for nearly forty years.
The gallery’s sculpture garden has generated a very positive response from visitors since it opened for the first time on May 3. The garden, which was constructed over the past year by gallery owner J.R. Jarosh, currently features the work of eight different artists.
Edgewood Orchard Galleries is located at 4140 Peninsula Players Road, 1 block east of Hwy. 42 between Juddville and Fish Creek. Opened on June 29, 1969 by Irene Haberland and her daughter Anne, the gallery is now in its 40th season and third generation of family ownership, currently under the direction of Irene’s granddaughter Nell.