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GLAF Artsy Holiday Market Open House

GLAF Members Awarded Esther M. Plotnick Award

GLAF Current and Past Members, who also belong to the American Society of Botanical Artists, were recently awarded the Esther M. Plotnick Award, by the organization, at its annual meeting in Pittsburg, PA last week.

"Kishwauketoe: Know Your Natives" won the grant in the Exhibits and Education & Awareness Projects.

The Kishwauketoe Group led by Sandy Kessel, with Jeanne Dyer, Celine Lillie, Lynne Railsback, Kathy Walsh, and Susie Williams, began documenting and painting native species from the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay, Wisconsin in 2017.

In 2019, they organized a two month exhibition at the Green Grocer in Williams Bay, with a percentage of the paintings and cards sold going to the non-profit conservancy. This grant will be used to stage future exhibitions and produce additional educational material for visitors to the conservancy.

2020 Board Member Election Results

The annual members meeting of the Geneva Lake Art’s Foundation, Inc. was held Thursday evening, September 12th and elections confirmed the following Board of Directors for 2020:

Star Norini and Eileen Streu were re-elected re-elected to second terms as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. In addition to Dorae Bowen, three more Directors at Large we’re elected to new two-year terms; Sandy Willie, Pam Ring and Sarah McConnell. Nikki Marsicano is already serving as President, and Gary Wigman as Vice-President.

Featured in the photo from left to right: Sandy Willie, Eileen Streu, Pam Ring, Nikki Marsicano, President
Back row: Gary Wigman, Vice President, Dorae Bowen - Director at Large, and Star Norini. Missing from the photo is Sarah McConnell.

Student Art Awards Given

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc. continues its mission to encourage art and artists in the Lakes area by sponsoring a Student Artists Exhibit featuring the work of high schools art students from Whitewater, Delavan-Darien, Big Foot, Badger and Williams Bay High Schools.


The following awards were given out at a reception for the artists on Friday, April 12th at Gallery 223 in downtown Lake Geneva. Here is a list of the winners:

Neal and Dotsie  Heffernan Best of Show Award

Aalijah Dickman "Still Life" Charcoal

Bigfoot High School



Louis Mergener Memorial Award for Outstanding Work

Bija Blais DePriest "Petrichor" oil on board

Badger High School



Martin Smith Memorial award for Creative Work

Crystal Chan "Standstill" Pen

Whitewater High School


GLAF Award for Young Emerging Artists








Anu Bui "More" Digital Paint

Badger High School


GLAF Merit Awards:



Faith Lensmith

"Portrait of Mark Twain" Colored Pencil 

Williams Bay

Mackenzie Janisch

"That's a Wrap" Charcoal

Delavan - Darien


Isabella Garzez

"Amalgamation"  Ink   

East Troy

Madeline Robertson

"High Priestess"  Digital Art/Photography



Aleathia Zalud

"Pride, Lust and Greed"

Big Foot High School