Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (September 12, 2023) – The community is invited to attend a reception on Friday, September 22nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Door County Community Foundation. The reception celebrates the Lobby Gallery Fall Exhibition featuring works by Susan Reynolds-Smith. The Community Foundation is located at 222 N 3rd Avenue in Downtown Sturgeon Bay.
Susan Reynolds-Smith is a Wisconsin native and full-time Door County resident since 2010. A University of Minnesota graduate, she spent her professional career as a retail apparel buyer for major department stores and traveling to key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle and Asia. It was in her role as a buyer that she began exploring color, shape, and design through product development. Susan began her art career as an oil painter in 2015. Primarily self-taught, she was inspired to paint by studying art history, attending workshops and traveling throughout Europe.
“I am inspired by the Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau movements in Europe from the turn of the 20th century and the limitless beauty of the Door Peninsula,” shared Susan. “I use bold color, strong shapes and composition of line to create contemporary interpretations of architecture, still life and nature. My art is an honest form of self expression and a chance to share something of my personality with the viewer. I work with oil and acrylic on canvas in both the studio and plein air settings. There is always an element of surprise when a painting evolves through color relationships and developing scenes. This discovery process is for me the gift of creating art.”
Susan’s work has been accepted to the 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 Collection Invitational Hardy Gallery, 2020 From The Studios Juried Exhibition Peninsula School of Art , 2021 A Visual Thread Community Art Project Peninsula School of Art, 46th, 44th, 43rd, and 41st Juried Exhibition of the Miller Art Museum, 61st, 60th, 59th, 58th and 56th Annual Juried Exhibit of the Hardy Gallery, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 Door Prize for Portraiture , Espresso Palette, Chicago Ridge, IL solo show 2022 and PenArt Community Showcase 2020. Her work has also been exhibited at Base Camp Coffee Bar, Door County YMCA Fish Creek, Unitarian Universalist Gallery and Hope Church Lobby Gallery.
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 $45 million in assets, and distributes more than $5 million to charities in Door County every year.