The March exhibit at Hope Church Gallery in Sturgeon Bay features the artwork of painters Bonnie Sandstrom and Barbara Kenyon.
After a lifelong interest in art, the personal creation of art began ten years ago for Sandstrom when she moved to Door County; she now resides in Sister Bay.
The art classes available exposed her to unlimited possibilities and wonderful mentors. Mary Bosman introduced her to pastels, which she uses to capture the quality of natural light. Door County’s seasonal changes influence her work, and the change of seasonal light is an important part of her composition. Ed Fenendael has fostered her interest in watercolors. In addition to studio work with him she has participated in four of his European workshops. Jan Forkert encouraged experimentation, resulting in collages that add another dimension to her work with textural variances.
Kenyon, of Fish Creek, has painted in plein air with oils, but also likes to create with watercolors. She said, “Watercolor allows me to paint on location with a minimum of supplies and equipment. Adjusting the traditional techniques and watching the paint flow give me more freedom to experiment.
“A digital camera helps me record those scenes and subjects when my paints must be left behind. There’s an endless array of subject matter in the meadows, woods, old barns and buildings of Door County.”
Like Sandstrom, Kenyon also credits Door County’s art community as supporting her artistic evolution, “Classes by and with other artists keep up my enthusiasm and desire to improve.”
The exhibit will run through the end of April. The gallery, open 9 am – 1 pm Monday through Saturday and 9 am – 2 pm Sunday, is located at 141 S. 12th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.