November 15th, 2018

Please join us for the "Two Artists" Opening Reception, Thursday, November 15th from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the Green Grocer - Green Vine in Williams Bay.

Lori Indovina-Valus Featured @ Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole


GLAF Member, Lori Indovina-Valus has three of her watercolor paintings accepted into the “Niveous Gift” Exhibition at Lakeside Arts Park at the Dole, located at 401 County Club Road in Crystal Lake, IL.

Artist’s Reception will be held on December 7, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Contemporary Botanical Art
Flowers, trees, leaves, plants, fruits and nuts, stalks, weeds, seed pods and roots found in all four seasons inspire and challenge those of us who love botanical art. This specific genre has its roots in history around the globe. It has seen a resurgence of new interest over the past 10 years. Perhaps it is because of our modern awareness of Conservation as we see our world change around us. Today the Contemporary Botanical Artist blends the intersection of the science of Botany with one’s personal expression in art. Our portraits record the beauty we carefully observe in the detail of the plants in our world.
Historically, paintings are usually done in watercolor media which is a challenge to learn to control. However, today’s artists use acrylic, oil, graphite and photography to capture the beauty of Mother Nature.  Another area of emphasis is to really study the specimen and observe its detail as well as its overall impression.This exhibition includes the work of artists who come from a variety of backgrounds. Jeanne Dyer a corporate marketing and communications career, Sandy Kessel after a fulfilling career in nursing, Lynne Railsback a commercial interior designer and Kathy Walsh a rewarding career in education. They are now able to pursue their lifelong love of art by participating in the Botanical Art Class at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s Gallery 223 on Friday mornings and exhibiting in a variety of art exhibitions.
In its second year, the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s (GLAF) Art Mentoring Program worked with campers ages 10 to 19 during Camp One Step’s Sibling Camp.  This week-long camp designed for children whose sibling(s) have cancer is based at Conference Point Center in Williams Bay, WI.
Volunteer GLAF artists spent the day on June 18th providing 97 campers with the materials and help needed to create their own designer baseball caps.  The large group of talented youngsters created their own visions of lake scenes, sport themes, flowers, abstracts, and much more.   Campers were as enthusiastic as their mentors - “I was here last year and loved it, and my art turned out better this year! “ One camper related.  Another said, “What are we going to do next year? How can you top this?”

“Helping at the camp has been very rewarding and fun!  It is great to see the wide range of expression through their painting.  It is one more avenue to help them cope with their challenging life situations”. Julie Sarton, Art Mentor.

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation thanks Camp One Step for inviting GLAF and our member artists to provide activities for their campers through its Art Mentoring Program. We also thank our talented artist volunteers: Beth Bergman Falk, and Kathy Kerner, as lead mentors; Dorae Bowen, Diana Garrett, Star Norini, Nikki Marsicano, Lynne Railsback, Pam Ring, Julie Sarton, Eileen Streu and Sandy Wille.  

Geneva Lake Arts Foundation (GLAF)

Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is a charitable/education 501c(3) all volunteer organization under the direction of an elected Board of Directors.  Its mission is to encourage individual artistic growth and excellence, as well as to increase community exposure to the visual arts.  If you wish to learn more about the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s Art Mentoring Program for your non-profit organization, please contact us.


Camp One Step

Camp One Step, by Children’s Oncology Services, exists so kids with cancer can enjoy experiences and bond with other pediatric cancer patients and survivors outside of the hospital.  They work to provide an environment where kids shared experiences can help to provide hope, strength and understanding.  Learn more about Camp One Step at:

Find us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter @CampOneStep


June 28, 2018 - August 26, 2018

Summer Exhibit
Please stop by to view all of the great artwork and unique items for sale in the Gallery. Click HERE for more information about upcoming events.

GLAF Annual High School Student Art Exhibition Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the award winners of the annual GLAF High School Art Exhibition!

GLAF Award of Recognition ($100.00 Certificate - 5 Awards)

All Apologies


Jack Kuiper

Williams Bay High School

Shattering the Shell

Ink and Marker


Badger High School

In The Deep


Shianne Seneca

Badger High School

Going Home


Jaya Genrich

Badger High School

Robin Williams


Morgan Stillwagon

Whitewater High School

GLAF Young Emerging Artist ($500)



Ben Delheim

Williams Bay High School

Martin Smith Memorial Awards ($500 - 2 Awards)

Bird of Flames


Daniel Carpenter

Big Foot High School



Kalynn Andition

Delavan High School

Louis Mergener Memorial Award ($500)



Cate Gamble

Delavan High School

Neal and Dotsy Heffernan Memorial Best of Show ($750)


Color Pencil/Marker

Melissa Lin

Elkhorn High School

GLAF Annual High School Student Art Exhibition

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 High School Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit will run April 19 - 22 at the GLAF Gallery 223 located at 223 Broad Street in Downtown Lake Geneva. Artwork by students from Badger, Big Foot, Delavan/Darian, East Troy, Elkhorn, Whitewater and Williams Bay High Schools will be on display.  A reception with light refreshments will be held Friday April 20, 6 pm - 8 pm and the public is invited to attend. The awards presentation will take place at 7:00 pm.
This year awards include:
• The annual gift of $500.00 for outstanding work from the Louis Mergener family, presented by Tracey Mergener. 
• The Best in Show Award of $750 from the Neil and Dotsy Heffernan Foundation, presented by the
Lake Geneva Rotary representative Rev. Heather Brewer. 
• The
Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Award for Young Emerging Artists for $500 and five recognition awards of $100 each, all presented by Nikki Marsicano.
• Two awards of $500 each, presented by Carol Smith, past president of the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, for the Martin Smith Memorial Awards for Creative Work.  
• In addition, The
Walworth County Arts Council $1000 scholarship winner’s artwork will be on display  (Please note that the WCAC gives a scholarship and all others are awards.) 
The judge for the 2018 Student Show will be
Thomas Trausch. Mr. Trausch is a national and regional award winning artist who has over 1500 original paintings in private, corporate and public collections including the Parker Pen Co., the Elmhurst Fine Arts Museum, Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley, Burlington Northern R.R., Ms. Oprah Winfrey, and the Northern Trust Bank.  He teaches weekly art classes in Lake Geneva and Woodstock IL.     
This student exhibit is open to the public Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 at
Gallery 223 during regular business hours of 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. We encourage area residents to come, see, and appreciate and support the artwork done by these talented students, who hope to pursue their dreams through higher education. 
If you or your organization is interested sponsoring an award next year in your name or your organization’s name, please contact the GLAF at
262-249-7988 and leave a message and someone will return your call or email:

Lake Geneva Arts Festival

The Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, in partnership with The Streets of Lake Geneva, present the 2018 Lake Geneva Arts Festival!  Formally known as the Paint-In, we’ve expanded to more accurately reflect the multi-faceted arts we will be offering.

Features of this year’s festival include:
Pop-up student gallery
Gallery stroll and Artist reception
Live mural painting over 2.5 days
Visual art sales
Theatrical performances
Live music on the streets


Friday, May 4

3:00 pm: Live Outdoor Mural Painting
6:30 pm: Gallery stroll throughout downtown Lake Geneva


Saturday, May 5
10:00 am:
Live mural painting resumes
11:00 am – 4 pm: Art on the streets – live painting, musicians, theatrical performances, art sales

Sunday, May 6
10:00 am:
Live mural painting resumes
11:00 am – 4:00 pm: Art on the streets – live painting, musicians theaterical performances, art sales


The festival will take place on the streets of downtown Lake Geneva, WI (click for map)

GLAF Members - Time to Renew!

Just a friendly reminder that this week, Thursday, March 1, 2018, is the deadline to renew your GLAF Membership. Those who do not renew by that date will be excluded from any GLAF emails and communications, will be unable to access the "Members Only" section of the GLAF website, and will lose their hanging privileges and all other GLAF Membership privileges.

Don't miss out!

GLAF Membership Deadline:

Thursday, March 1, 2018.

You may renew your Membership online here. Remember that you may use your credit card to renew without being a "member" of PayPal. Or you may print out the membership form and bring it into the gallery with your check.

If you have questions regarding your membership, please contact me at

If you have already renewed your membership, thank you! You are the heart and soul of the GLAF! We look forward to working with you and to another great year at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc.

Thursday, March 1st - Sunday, April 15th, 2018

Spring Gallery Show
Please stop by to view all of the great artwork and unique items for sale in the Gallery. Click HERE for more information about upcoming events.