Author Archives: Frank Juarez

About Frank Juarez

Frank Juarez is a gallery director, art educator, artist, author, presenter, and arts advocate living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin. Let me be your guide into the Wisconsin art scene.

Beasts and Critters at Riverwalk Art Center


Contact: Kathryn Dreifuerst

Riverwalk Art Center manager

33 W. 2nd Street

Fond du Lac, WI 54935

(920) 979-6208


Nicci Martin, “The Bird Knows the Way,”acrylic, 12 x16 inches, 2018.

Riverwalk Art Center will host a reception for “Beasts & Critters” on Friday, January 25 from 5:00-9:00 pm during the Fond du Lac Gallery Night.  The invitational art exhibit will show the work of four artists: Kathy Dittmer, Debra Lee Hellwig, Nicci Marin, and Jeanne Snowhook. All four artists are recognized as creators of art that features animals, either realistically or whimsically depicted. The exhibition can be viewed until March 22.

In addition, mother and son artists,  Nina and Malachi Schmidt, will demonstrate their painting and drawing skills during the reception.  Malachi will do commissioned pet portraits from photographs. Their work is frequently shown at Riverwalk Art Center.           

Other Gallery Night venues open on January 25 include Ubuntu Art Space, Gallery & Frame Shop, and Trista Holz Studios. This event is free and open to the public.

Find current information on Fond du Lac Gallery Night at

Artdose Vol XXV now available online

We are thrilled to release our 25th issue of Artdose Art Guide. Artdose was started in Sheboygan in 2013 as a way to bridge smaller art communities in North East Wisconsin. Today, it continues to promote and connect the visual arts and artists across North East and South East Wisconsin. There are a lot of great art, exhibitions, and events happening over here.

Artdose is one way of bringing it to the forefront.  

Vol XXV issue features artist, Mary Bergs from Benton, WI. 

Image courtesy of the artist

Artdose VOL XXV would be not be possible without the continued support of the following: Art in Algoma: First FridayEighty Art & DesignLakeshore Art Supplies, LLCThe Pink Llama Gallery, and Riverwalk Art Center. 

This issue runs from January 1 – March 31, 2019.

New Additions

On the right side bar, you can visit our sponsors by clicking their name. In addition, you can also click on the artists’ names in our artist directory. 

Wondering what is happening this year? There is a countdown located on the right side bar, which will be used as a way to keep you informed on upcoming exhibitions and events. 

Artdose Art Guide and FRANK & CO have merged to offer your more art at your fingertips via and the FRANK & CO WI art e-newsletter

Artist Mary Bergs interviewed by Erika L. Block [link]

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New works at the Blue Awning Gallery

Blue Awning Gallery

303 N. Franklin Street

Port Washington, WI


New Works Now Showing at Blue Awning Gallery by Beth Stoddard, Lori Gramling, Patty Voje and James Kiesow, SAA.  Come in and see all the great original art on view!  Perfect One-of-a-kind gifts for this holiday season! Join me for a cup of cider during the month of November.

Paint the Towns: Paintings of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls at the Plymouth Arts Center

A message from Donna Hahn, Executive Director, Plymouth Arts Center

We cordially invite you to the Plymouth Arts Center, this Friday, September 28, 2018, from 6 to 9pm to view and bid on original paintings of Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls, and our beautiful rural areas! Come and meet the artists, see the complete collection of paintings that are being created during Paint the Towns, En Plein Air 2018, and bid on your favorite piece at the silent auction. There will be live music, complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar. Admission for the “Paint the Towns” gala is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors; don’t miss your opportunity to own an original painting of our beautiful area for your home or office, or as a one of a kind gift!

The paintings on display and up for bid at the Plymouth Arts Center will be created outdoors “plein air” during the Arts Center’s annual “Paint the Towns, En Plein Air” event. Artist Dan Rizzi of Plymouth is graciously coordinating the event as a fundraiser for the Plymouth Arts Center. Artists from all over the state of Wisconsin and beyond are participating in this ninth annual paint-out and will be competing for cash and merit awards. Place your vote on Friday night for the painting that best depicts Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls in the Viewer’s Choice category.

Unsold paintings at the Silent Auction will be on display and for sale through October 13th only at “Buy It Now” fixed price.

Hope to see you this Friday Night!


Artdose Art Guide VOL XXIV featured artist, Clare Jorgensen

written by Erika L. Block

Clare Jorgensen is a Milwaukee-based encaustic artist with a studio located inside Material Studios + Gallery in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward, a collective that houses the workspaces of about fifteen artists, the Frank Juarez Gallery, and two arts organizations. The space as a whole is predominantly open to the public, where art enthusiasts are able to walk through and speak to the artists as they work. “That’s a lot of art, artists, and inspiration. I appreciate the collegiality of everyone being under the same roof. I feel fortunate to be in the space I create in.”

Clare’s primary medium is encaustic, which consists of beeswax, dammar resin (crystallized tree sap), and pigments. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique derived from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning to heat or burn in. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax to fusing the layers of wax. Occasionally Clare also works in cold wax medium, which is also beeswax and resin, but with the addition of a solvent. Prior to discovering and immersing herself in encaustics, Clare practiced papermaking, fiber art and surface design. “I chose the medium after I saw several pieces in an exhibition a few years ago. There was such a luminosity and a glow that I had never seen before. I was familiar with the use of wax as a resist in textile and fiber art, but this use of it was a revelation to me. Such simple and natural elements: wax from bees and resin from trees, with an ancient history that could be used with modern tools – it was irresistible to me!” The 20th century has seen a significant rebirth of encaustic work. It is an irony of the modern age, with its emphasis on advanced technology, that a technique so ancient, labor-intensive, and unpredictable should regain such popularity.

Layers are integral to encaustic work. Each piece is built through layers that contrast in ways that are both subtle and obvious. It relays a history and a transition. When beginning a new piece, Clare begins by writing and mark making, setting the stage for the layers to follow. An appealing aspect to the layered nature of encaustic work is that often the artist is the only one who knows the history underneath, and the many iterations that have taken place before the final product. “If someone asks I tell them – but otherwise, it is my secret.” Layering. Concealing. Revealing. Along the way, early elements recede from the surface but are still present, serving as a quiet yet significant foundation for the new elements taking shape above it.

Michael Hedges. 6×6 in. Encaustic, graphite, silverleaf on cradled birch panel. 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

“The evolution in my work began with rudimentary technical skills and the mistaken belief that I could control the process from beginning to end, and therefore the result. I could not have been more wrong and more humbled by the medium. What I have learned, through my own study and research, and through the wisdom of other accomplished artists and teachers, is that there is no ultimate control of the outcome. When you combine fire and beeswax and resin and pigment, you need to allow things to come to you without forcing an outcome.  This can be a difficult lesson, but certainly very worth the trouble. I now only hope to control temperature and air movement and the quality of my materials and my technique. The rest happens in spite of me!  I am not disappointed to learn this lesson. It keeps me humble.”

Clare hopes her work will momentarily transport the viewer into the work and make them feel something that resonates with them, whether familiar or unfamiliar. “It delights me when viewers tell me about experiencing wonder and curiosity viewing my work. It is gratifying to share my visual thoughts and emotions with others through the work.” Looking toward the future, Clare Jorgensen hopes to be able to build on the use of both encaustic and cold wax medium as an expressive means of storytelling, to work larger, and to explore sculptural forms that advance the richness of the work.


To learn more about Clare Jorgensen and her work, please visit:

Erika L. Block is a professional writer and designer working exclusively with the art, music, publishing, film and fashion industries. She is also a contemporary mixed media artist.

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Inaugural Art Slam Manitowoc: a BIG Hit!

Written by Jody Kuchar for the Lakeshore Artists Guild

The Lakeshore Artists Guild excitedly premiered their grand idea this past weekend with the inaugural Art Slam Event.  By all standards, Art Slam was a great success.  Leading up to, and the first day of Art Slam, interest was very high; and if Facebook is a measure of social ‘reach’, Art Slam Manitowoc interacted with over 14,000 people. If it is true that “Art Transforms Communities”, transformations were in evidence September 15th and 16th in Manitowoc.  

To make Art Slam a reality, a year of planning was required.  Numerous connections established with local business owners, community leaders, media outlets, public spaces such as Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc Farmers Market, and Rahr-West Art Museum.  Our local businesses rose to the challenge of hosting an event such as Art Slam, which could not have happened without their financial support.  The City of Manitowoc embraced Art Slam and made it a civic event.   Beacon Consulting opened their building on Washington to artists to work in, as well as a ‘kids zone’ and, later on Saturday evening, hosted “The Art of Comedy”.  Aspire Real Estate Group LLC made their building at 8th and Quay Art Slam Headquarters with good will Art Slam Ambassadors available during the event to answer questions, sell ‘Bonus Buttons’ and direct foot traffic to single events.   Kathie’s Stage Door Pub hosted Art Slam – Poetry Slam, which was standing room only.  Moore’s Irish Pub Half-Way to St. Paddy’s Day Street Party kept the artists on 9th and Jay entertained early, while live music played into the evening. Each active member of Lakeshore Artists Guild worked to make Art Slam appeal to the widest audience by encouraging more involvement in the event.

And, Manitowoc now has a new public mural thanks to the efforts of a design team, many community and local business members, students of Silver Lake College and Everyone who stopped by to help paint the mural.  This is truly a public work of art, which is beautiful to look at while engaging people and bringing them out to leave their mark, and to Make Art.

A total of 29 individual artists submitted art at the end of the weekend. An early sampling of work entered into the upcoming exhibition at Rahr-West Art Museum represented both 2 and 3 dimensional works. Considering the works submitted must be created within a two day period, what had come in within the first hour was impressive. A total of 46 pieces of art will be exhibited and judged at the Public Awards Celebration and Exhibit Opening at Rahr-West Art Museum (or “The After Party”), on Friday, September 21st, 6-8 pm, with voting for the Ron Stokes People’s Choice Award, 6-7 pm, and Award Presentations at 7:30pm.  The Public and Everyone is invited and encouraged to vote for their favorite work.

In it’s past history, Manitowoc did have a lively Art scene, which revolved around Courthouse Square Art Show, which was sponsored by the “Little Gallery” group of artists founded by Ron & Dolly Stokes. Among the members was a beginning art patron named Mrs Ruth West; and the birth of a collection came into being; Manitowoc today has Rahr-West Art Museum. 

Things change in a community, people move and older traditions sometimes end.  When fresh faces with fresh ideas move to an area and meet with other enthusiastic citizens, new ideas are implemented, new traditions are born.  Lakeshore Artists Guild hopes to keep creating art in Manitowoc as well as inspiring others to create art – in whatever medium they chose.  The arts are an inclusive gift to humanity; whether visual, literary, music or performance art – Art Transforms.  In the words of one of the poetry slam organizers:  “Art is spirit looking for a home, and that spirit has found a home this weekend.”    

Art Slam take aways:  our local businesses rock! Lakeshore Artists Guild wants to Thank each one of it’s supporters who helped carry this idea to fruition. Without you, there would be no downtown to inspire us – so Thank You to All who were involved even in the smallest ways for helping to make Art Slam the event that it was.

With that, watch this space for the next exciting exhibition and event announcements and see YOU September 21st at the celebration.