Door County Art League


The Door County Art League honored Lynn Gilchrist as the recipient of the 2014-15 Master Artist Award at its 28th Annual Members Showcase reception on Saturday, August 2. The Art League also recognized six recipients of juried art awards and the People’s Choice Award winner. The DCAL Annual Member Showcase exhibit, which is open to the public, runs through August 30 at the Meadows Gallery, Scandia Village, Sister Bay.

Master Artist Lynn Gilchrist, Sturgeon Bay, was recognized for her impressive and extensive body of artwork and her volunteer efforts, using art as a common ground, to help others in need. In addition to creating art that can be found in collections nationwide, Gilchrist shares her extensive knowledge of art techniques, media and materials at the Artist's Guild in Sturgeon Bay.

“Those who know Lynn personally would surely agree that inspiring others comes as automatically to her as breathing,” said Gale Ritchey, nominations review committee chairperson. “We thank Lynn Gilchrist for her many community contributions and congratulate her efforts as a masterful artist. Lynn shows by example what creative perseverance in life and caring about others in the community really means.”

Liz Heller, DCAL President, said, “I am thrilled that this year’s winner is Lynn. I’ve always loved her colorful work. It’s full of life, just as she is. She is sort of quiet and an unassuming person…a gentle woman with a wise soul. Lynn is always ready to share her vast knowledge of art and framing supplies with both experienced and beginner artists who visit the Artist’s Guild in Sturgeon Bay where she works. So congratulations are in order for this wonderful and well deserved winner of the 2014 Door County Master Artist Award.”

Jan Forkert, 2012 Master Artist Award recipient, presented the Master Artist Award to Gilchrist at the Showcase reception. Juried art awards were also presented. The winners were Polly Joubert, First Place; Mac Schueppert, Second Place; and Steve Stanger, Third Place. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Mitch Heinrichs, Kathy Franke and Arlene Stanger. The People’s Choice award went to Dorothy McDowell.

Jurors were Deborah Rosenthal, curator of exhibits and collections at the Miller Art Museum; Kay McKinley, director of marketing and exhibitions at the Peninsula School of Art and Rick Risch, professional artist, Sturgeon Bay. The exhibit's 3D and 2D artworks were submitted by more than 30 DCAL members. The public is invited to view the free exhibit, which runs through August 30. Most works are available for purchase.

For more information regarding the Door County Art League, visit or stop by the DCAL Gallery located in the second courtyard of the Top of the Hill Shops, Wisconsin 42 and County F, Fish Creek. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, closed Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Membership in the League is open to all artists and supporters of the visual arts in Door County.


Lynn Gilchrist is shown with her Master Artist Award medallion and one of her paintings.

Friend's Field—oil painting by Lynn Gilchrist.




Gallery Reception

  1. OPENING DAY GALLERY RECEPTION 1,Group EXHIBIT, “Shoot the Breeze and 3D”:PHOTOGRAPHY and 3D Art.Selected Artists
  2. GALLERY RECEPTION 2, Group EXHIBIT “Paint the Town”, Scenic Locations, Celebrating Door County Favorite Places.Coinciding with Fyr Ball in Ephraim.Selected Artists
  3. GALLERY RECEPTION 3, Group EXHIBIT “Hot Summer Daze” OUR OUTDOOR ARTISTS; Selected Artists
  4. GALLERY RECEPTION 4, Group EXHIBIT: “The Eclectic Edge”, multi-media, special effects, abstracts, fractals. Selected Artists
  5. GALLERY RECEPTION 5, Group EXHIBIT “Flash Mob of Art” for the Fish Creek SALE and Autumn Celebrations. Selected Artists

Plein Air Paint dates

  • Sept. 4 The Clearing, 12171 Garret Bay Rd., Ellison Bay
  • Sept. 11 Edgewood Orchard Gallery, 4140 Peninsula Players Rd
  • Sept. 18 Orchard Country Winery and Market, 9197 Hwy 42
  • Sept. 25 Riebold’s Creek, County Q, Bailey’s Harbor.