The community is invited to attend a reception on Friday, July 16th from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Door County Community Foundation. The reception celebrates the Lobby Gallery Summer Exhibition featuring works by Anne Egan, Deborah Rosenthal, and Nancy Sargent. The Community Foundation is located at 222 N 3rd Avenue in Downtown Sturgeon Bay. Refreshments will be served by Thyme Catering.
Anne Egan studied art at St. Norbert College but did not begin painting until moving to Door County in 1988 when she took many classes at the Peninsula School of Art. Her work was represented by Woodwalk Gallery for fifteen years and can be found in many private collections as well as several public venues. After a 5-year hiatus, Anne had returned to painting and hopes to never again stop. “My paintings can begin anywhere—from inspiration arising from natural world, manufactured forms, or the human form,” said Egan.
After retiring in 2018 from a three-decade career as a museum curator in several small museums, including 24 years as Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Deborah Rosenthal has recently been focusing more on her studio training in painting, drawing and printmaking. “Drawing is my primary interest along with color experimentation influenced by Fauve artists’ exuberant color practice,” said Rosenthal.
Nancy Kinsey Sargent was born and raised in Fish Creek. She graduated from Gibraltar High School at a time when there was no art program offered. Nancy attended Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. Graduating with a B.A. degree in education with a concentration in art, she returned to Fish Creek to teach elementary art in the Gibraltar School System. Marriage moved Nancy away from Door County, but in 1997, Nancy and her husband John retired to Fish Creek. Nancy exhibited her first collection of work as an emerging artist in 2001 at the Snow Star Gallery Ltd. in Fish Creek. “My love of color, pattern, rhythm, and symbols takes on a life of its own becoming more about the act of painting than the images themselves,” said Sargent.
Each season, different Door County artists will be invited to exhibit their work at the Door County Community Foundation’s Lobby Gallery. 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.
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 Community Foundation was launched in 1999, currently administers more than $33 million in assets, and distributes more than $5 million to charities in Door County every year.