Renowned Door County Artist Charles L. Peterson Featured in Memorial Day Weekend Show at Cottage Row Framing & Gallery

The Memorial weekend show will include a special “Meet the Artist Reception” on Saturday, May 29, from 10 am – 1 pm.

Winter Dream by Charles L. Peterson

Winter Dream by Charles L. Peterson

Natural light streams through the windows of Cottage Row Framing & Gallery. The whitewashed walls of the 100-year-old barn serve as the perfect canvas for exhibiting artwork. It is against this backdrop that the gallery features the paintings of renowned artist Charles L. Peterson during a special “Memorial Weekend One-Man Show.”

A Door County resident since 1973, Peterson has established an international reputation for his paintings and limited edition prints. A Marietta College professor and department head for 20 years, Peterson applied his classical training to genre painting. His brush strokes illuminate the lives of ordinary people doing ordinary things, most often in historical settings.

Peterson’s interest in nature — particularly the water — is evident throughout his work. As a lifelong sailor, the Great Lakes and the sea in general have been a dominating theme in his paintings and illustrations. In 1983, Peterson was recognized for his sea-themed painting with an invitation to participate in Mystic Maritime Museum Gallery’s first International exhibit. The most distinguished maritime art gallery in the nation also selected one of Peterson’s seafaring-themed watercolors for inclusion in Mystic Maritime’s 30th Annual Exhibit last year.

Recipient of numerous awards, this Ephraim artist has twice won the Mystic Maritime’s prestigious Thomas M. Hoyne Award in their International Art Competition. Distinguished by them as a “Modern Marine Master,” Peterson is also listed among their “Top Ten Most Popular Artists” in the nation’s print industry. His prints are featured in two books, “Of Time and Place” by Sigurd Olson and his own “Charles L. Peterson: Reflections.”

The Memorial weekend show will include a special “meet the artist reception” on Saturday, May 29, from 10 – 1 pm. Peterson will be available to sign books and visit with guests. Twenty-two new Peterson paintings of varying themes will be unveiled during this event. The new works which are smaller in size will include watercolors, pencil drawings, and ink and gouache. Peterson’s note-cards will also be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served during the artist’s reception.

In addition to Charles L. Peterson, Cottage Row Framing & Gallery features Wisconsin artists Jack Anderson, Kay McKinley Arneson, Bridget Austin, Michael Bond, Jim Davel, Marianne Diekman, Malin Ekman, Kathy Glasnap, Mary Johnson, June Maeder, and Mark VanderVinne.

Cottage Row Framing & Gallery will continue its schedule of “meet the artist” events this summer with Jack Anderson, “Door County Seasons” on Saturday, July 10, followed by “Treasures & Travels” featuring Bridget Austin on Saturday, July 31.

Cottage Row Framing & Gallery is located ½ mile south of Fish Creek in the big red barn at Orchard Country Winery & Market. The gallery is open during the summer, Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm through October. For additional information, contact Myron and Anne Rogers at 920.868.2626.

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