Now through the end of the year, Gallery 223 in downtown Lake Geneva is sharing holiday cheer with its annual Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Winter Art Show and accompanying Artsy Holiday Market, where you’ll find unique gifts for everyone on your gift list.
The gallery features original artwork on a rotating basis from regional artists who are members of the foundation. The Winter Art Show features a variety of styles and media, from traditional art such as oil paintings or photography to 3D art in the form of mosaics, ceramics and sculptures. In addition, the Artsy Holiday Market allows artists to display an additional 10 holiday or gift-related items ranging from painted ornaments and jewelry to hand-carved wooden Santas and scarves.
“It’s the perfect place to shop for truly unique gift items,” GLAF Vice President-elect and gallery director Sarah McConnell says. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated many small businesses across the country, McConnell and GLAF President Nikki Marsicano are hopeful customers will come support local artists.
“Usually this is a pretty good show and people show up, but with COVID-19 and everything, we don’t know what to expect,” says Marsicano. She explains the foundation anticipates displays from 30 to 40 artists, adding some chose not to participate in the last show because they were waiting for this one.
“In these difficult times,” McConnell adds, “customers can shop with confidence knowing that Gallery 223 follows all the CDC-recommended safety guidelines with free masks available, hand sanitizer throughout the store and a recently installed high-grade Hepa H13 air purifier.”
The foundation is celebrating its fifth year at Gallery 223, since opening in February 2016 for Winterfest. The gallery is staffed exclusively by the exhibiting artists, providing customers an opportunity to meet and talk with the creators as they view their work. Because the GLAF is an entirely volunteer not-for-profit organization, all purchases go directly toward supporting the artists, the gallery and the foundation’s mission.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday and by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For information about the GLAF or Gallery 223, visit genevalakeartsfoundation.org or email [email protected].