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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lake Geneva Paint-In's interactive art

By Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

White market umbrellas will dot the downtown Lake Geneva cityscape this weekend for Lake Geneva Art Association's 8th Annual Paint-In.

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Bonnie Siegel, painting along the sidewalk at last year’s Paint-In.
Underneath each umbrella, distinctly separate worlds will be created by artists whose works are as different as their personalities. They invite art appreciators to chat with the artists, get pointers for your own art projects, take home a painting that may catch your eye and even spread a little paint yourself.

"It's a way for people to see art being created and even try it themselves if they want to," said Anne Sperry Connors, event chair.

"We want to connect with people who appreciate art, show them what we're doing and invite them to get involved if they'd like."

The invitation to participate goes out to everyone and Sperry Connors will paint fluffy creatures on children's faces to involve all members of the family and maybe even spark an interest in the arts in possible future artists.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," she said. "We hope people from all over come to Lake Geneva this weekend and join in."

To celebrate the event, downtown businesses will offer specials on merchandise and munchies as GLAA members reach out to anyone interested in appreciating the art of others' or creating art of their own.

Artist Profiles

Anne Sperry Connors

Anne Sperry Connors has been an artist at heart since her childhood in Aspen, Colo. She was writing and illustrating her own children's stories by the time she was in high school, majored in commercial art in college and landed an internship with architect Cabell Childress.

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Jeffrey Ladow was at last year’s Paint-In and will be back again this year.
She worked as an interior designer in Chicago and earned a spot with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and MFA program member before opening the Lighthouse Christian Montessori Preschool in Williams Bay in 2004.

Sparky Dog Custom Pet Portraits by Anne Connors capture critters' personalities as she finishes them off with fingernail polish, giving them a truly special touch, and are available by order.

Lynne Railsback

Lynne Railsback earned a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois and worked in commercial graphic design. Her wall murals became very popular in the 1970s and in the 1990s she was finally able to create art of her own whim after retiring. Her intricate paintings of the natural world are of extremely clean design devoid of esoteric meaning.

Railsback's watercolor creations are gorgeously detailed and have been in dozens of shows around Illinois, Missouri, New York, California and Oregon.

Brad DeLaurentis

Brad DeLaurentis studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and creates gorgeous stippled paintings of wildlife, landscapes and other scenes. Stippling is a compilation of dots densely, sparsely and both becoming incredible portraits of a keenly intense tiger, a comfortable detailed cabin and everything in between.

Diane Ross

Diane Ross studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, taught art to pre-school children and has shown her works in the Wisconsin Regional Art Program; Lakeland Art League, Woodruff, Wis.; Howard Young Medical Center, M&I Bank, Ashland, Wis.; Manito Art League Show, Manitowish Waters, Wis.; GLAA Gallery, Lake Geneva; Moonstone Gallery, Lake Geneva; and The Back Drop, Woodstock, Ill.

Ross creates paintings in watercolor, acrylic, clay and handmade paper in vivid colors from portraits to abstracts.


Artist Lineup

Mary J. Abbott, oil and mixed media

Susan Alby, jewelry

Bill Bishop, oil and acrylic

Marcie Calkins, acrylic

Anne Sperry Connors, nail polish/acrylic

Ken Cottingham, oil

Maria DeCaprio-Sunta, watercolor

Brad DeLaurentis, stipple

Andy Dolejs, mixed

Astrid Enskat, oil

Judi Greenwood, watercolor

Pat Heintzelman, watercolor

Barbara Duer Johnson, watercolor

Dawn Kist, photography

Sybil Klug, acrylic, watercolor

Marcia Koehler, watercolor

Jeff Ladow, oil

Jane Lenz, watercolor

LaMarr Lundberg, watercolor

Sherry Michelic, oil

Nancy Newcomb, watercolor

Lynne Railsback, watercolor

Carol Railton, watercolor

Carol Smith, watercolor, collage

Charlene Southworth, watercolor, pen


To Do

What: 8th Annual Lake Geneva Paint-In

Where: Broad and Main streets, Lake Geneva

When: June 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


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