Shari Gransee, owner of Ephraim’s Fine Line Designs Gallery, was selected as a juror for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s annual Lakefront Festival of Art (LFOA), which took place June 21–23 on Milwaukee’s lakefront.
For over 50 years, the LFOA has been instrumental to Milwaukee’s art and festival scene, and it’s also been named one of the top twenty art festivals in the United States. Started in 1963, the three-day festival has evolved from a gathering of a few artists to a vibrant and wide-ranging festival with close to 25,000 attendees. Over 180 artists from around the nation display and sell their work at this weekend event, which includes paintings, pottery, photography, drawings, digital art, metalwork, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
Along with her fellow jurors, Gransee was responsible for looking at over 900 entries from across the nation and whittling the list down to ten award winners, nine honorable mentions, and one sculpture garden award winner.
“It was humbling and an honor to be selected as a juror for this year’s Lakefront Festival of Art,” Gransee says. “Having worked in and owned a gallery for 18 years, it was interesting and challenging to look at more than 900 entries and choose who would be accepted. The enormity of the task made it both overwhelming and exciting — it was truly a professional highlight and a wonderful experience.”
Gransee says the event made her even more energized for the rest of Fine Line’s 2019 gallery season. Exhibit II, featuring artists Pamela Murphy, Nathan Bennett, and Nicholas Stelter, will open with an artist reception on Thursday, July 11 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
Fine Line Designs Gallery, located in scenic Door County, is housed in a 1950s chicken coop that was renovated in 1999 and turned into a multi-level gallery space. The gallery showcases seasonal, monthly rotating exhibitions, highlighting the works of selected artists along with the general display of works by over 100 regional and nationally-acclaimed artists. The gallery features original paintings, glass, jewelry, clay, custom wood furnishings, sculpture, and fiber rich in color and texture in addition to a two-acre sculpture garden adorned with pieces created from bronze, stone, metal, copper, and stainless steel. For more information, please visit www.finelinedesignsgallery.com or call (920) 854-4343.