Community Invited to Opening Reception for Artists Karen Lee Denoto and Renee Schwaller

The community is invited to attend a reception on Saturday, January 21st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Door County Community Foundation. The reception celebrates the Lobby Gallery Winter Exhibition featuring works by Karen Lee DeNoto and Renee Schwaller. The Community Foundation is located at 342 Louisiana Street in Sturgeon Bay, across the street from the Post Office.

karen-denotoKaren Lee Denoto is a native New Englander who has made Door County her home. Karen Lee spent over 20 years in the graphic arts business working with museums, publishers and artists. “A passion is a gift that demands you to embrace it if you are to find your authenticity and inner joy and peace,” says DeNoto. “Door County fuels that passion with its natural beauty. The creativity and synergistic energy on the peninsula is seductive and inspiring.”

renee-schwallerRenee Schwaller, owner of Off the Wheel Pottery, has her B. A. in communications from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and studied pottery at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and the University of Hawaii. “The entire collection of work is created from start to finish in the studio at my home and business,” says Schwaller. “This allows me to draw inspiration from my natural surroundings and the simple things in that bring me joy.”

The Community Foundation’s reception is being coordinated with the “Prints Matter, Master Mimics” exhibition at the Miller Art Museum earlier that same evening. The exhibition will bring together twenty-two master Midwestern printmakers who are inspired by the masters of printmaking through time. Guests are encouraged to visit Sturgeon Bay and drop by both the Miller Art Museum and the Community Foundation Lobby Gallery opening receptions.

Refreshments will be served at the Door County Community Foundation by Morag Hornsby and her team at Serves You Right Catering.

Each quarter, different Door County artists will be invited to exhibit their work. The Gallery is normally open to the public during the Community Foundation’s regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about the Community Foundation’s various grant programs, visit

The Door County Community Foundation, Inc. is a collection of separate charitable
funds set up by individuals, families, non-profit organizations, private foundations and businesses that are managed, invested and disbursed for the current and future good of Door County. The Foundation was launched in 1999 and currently administers more than $17 million in charitable assets.

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