Fall Art Show this weekend at the Jake Menghini Museum
NORWAY — The Jake Menghini Museum of Norway will host its annual Fall Art Show from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The art show, which features displays in the Odill home and also the main building, is in conjunction with the Leif Erikson celebration in Norway.
Featured artist for 2019 will be artist-illustrator Kathy Kuczek, a native of Norway who currently has a home at Hamilton Lakes.
Kuczek’s artwork spans many mediums, from traditional acrylic and oils to digital. She enjoys drawing and painting in many styles, but her favorite type of art is whimsy and illustration. She said she wanted to be an illustrator before she knew what the word meant.
Kuczek still has many of her picture books from childhood and has a large collection of children’s books by illustrators that she admires. She has illustrated six books and is working on a seventh.
She is the daughter of Don Guldswog of Tennessee and the late Mona (Kronberg). Her siblings include Jeff and Jean of Tennessee and Laurie of Arizona. Kathy has a son, Miles, who lives in Lansing.
A 1975 graduate of Norway High School, she went on to receive an associate degree in graphic design.
As well as being an author/illustrator, she has exhibited at The Bonifas Art Center, and has won best of show at The Waterfront Art Festival and Art For All.
The Jake Menghini Art Show also will have many displays by artists of The Borderland Arts Group, Les Artistes, the students of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Aurora, Wis., and a group of artists from Norway.
“We are honored to have this commitment from the artists of the area to show their fine workmanship in our unusual setting,” said Cris Hamlin, museum director.
The Odill home has great lighting and space to display paintings, while the main museum building has many old showcases and areas where both small and large items will be displayed to the advantage of the fine art.
“The viewing on Friday allows those who work to stop on their way home from work or if you are involved in the celebration on Saturday, this gives you the opportunity to view the artwork in this historic setting,” Hamlin said.
Self-tours will be allowed during the show.
Admission is $3 for those older than 12 and $1 for those younger than 12.
Many of the artist’s work will also be for sale. “This will be an awesome opportunity for the viewers to purchase items from the individual artists,” she said.