April is Jazz month in Downtown Kenosha, and great Jazz shows improvisation and inspiration. And so does great art. You can see that inspiration and improvisation at the many art venues in Downtown Kenosha. Here are some of my favorites.
Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace | 4601 Sheridan Rd.
Founded in 1999, Lemon Street Gallery is a non-profit art organization for visual artists. The gallery provides a place for the 75-100 exhibiting members to show and sell their work. The coop nature of gallery membership provides mentoring and networking opportunities. Lemon Street participates in Second Saturdays, by showcasing three artists in their own gallery room. On Second Saturdays you can meet the artists, have a little wine and cheese, and buy some fantastic art. (I was honored to be one of the featured artists a few years ago.)
Lemon Street also provides classes in areas such as painting, pottery, spinning, sculpting and soap making. There is also an ART al a Carte, where up to 6 people can have a private, 3-hour class, scheduled at their convenience, for only $100.
Kenosha Art Association | 5615 7th Ave.
The Kenosha Art Association, started in 1950, is a non-profit community art enrichment organization, which also provides art education and opportunities for artists. Their classes include watercolor painting and pastel drawing, beading, needing felting, and glass fusing. Check out their News for artists in the gallery and member art displayed in other Downtown Kenosha businesses.
The Kenosha Art Association sponsors the Good Old Summer Art Fair, this year set for June 3rd from 10:00 am until 4:00pm in Civic Center Park (Sheridan Ave. between 56th and 57th Streets). They also host a Holiday Art Auction, with donated works from local and national artists.
Left of the Lake Gallery and Magazine | 4601 7th Ave.
The Left of the Lake Gallery opened last year in the Union Park Arts District, near Lemon Street Gallery and ArtWorks. The gallery plans a name change to Union Park Arts, in recognition of their location. Art displayed in the gallery often follows a theme, e.g., “How Do I Love Thee” for February. Otherwise the gallery features an open art show.
Left of the Lake is best known for their magazine of the same name. The magazine covers the arts from Chicago to Milwaukee -- the west, or left side of Lake Michigan. You can subscribe at the low, low price of $20 here.
ArtWorks | 4513 Sheridan Rd.
Another resident of the Union Park Arts District, ArtWorks specializes in custom framing and graphic arts. In addition to their Gallery, ArtWorks features the Pencillarium, offering new and vintage pencils from around the world, along with sharpeners, erasers, and sketchbooks.
The gallery shows are arranged along monthly themes, such as Purple (works must have some purple), Gra*fight (8x8 graphite works), Spring works (new works), and the Cheapskate show (nothing over $50).
Please remember to check gallery times with the venue. Since most galleries are open on Saturdays and Sundays, they typically take one or two days during the week as their “weekend.” There are later hours on Second Saturdays also. And learn about other art galleries in Downtown Kenosha in the Arts and Entertainment section of the website.
Author: Ken Johnson
Ken is a writer and metalsmith living in Kenosha.