Support Our Cause
The Hardy Gallery is partnering with BiddingOwl.com to present its 7th annual Holiday Online Auction, set to debut Sunday, Nov. 20 beginning at noon and concludes Sunday, Nov. 27 at 8pm. Browse the collection of unique items and packages to find perfect gifts—spa certificates, vacation getaways, jewelry, dining certificates, gourmet gift packages and so much more!
The Hardy Gallery - a Door County icon - serves nearly 500 students and visual artists each year! In addition to the visibility provided in our non-profit gallery to visual artists of all levels the Hardy’s Exposure to Creativity program offers 15 full-day hands-on workshops in partnership with Friends of Gibraltar to Gibraltar High School students (14 - 18 yrs), and a subsequent out-of-school mentor program that pairs students with local artists for a supplementary, in-depth visual arts learning experience.
Emmett Johns, "One Still Moment in Time", Oil on Canvas, 25"x 41.25" (framed), 2016
For many people, the name "Hardy Gallery" conjures up images of the historic graffiti-covered warehouse situated on the shores of Ephraim's picturesque Eagle Harbor; for others, the name represents years of memories from visiting different exhibitions presented in the unique art gallery, while some are reminded of the warehouse's history. For all of these reasons, it is easy to see why the Hardy holds so much meaning for art collectors, Ephraim residents and visitors alike.
The concept for this fundraising raffle was conceived by the Hardy Gallery Board of Directors in the fall of 2012 with the above in mind. The goal remains to create interest in a product that directly taps into the emotional connection that exists between our place and our audience. Annually, the Hardy will commission a painting that exemplifies quality at the highest level - focused on our recognizable icon, the warehouse - in partnership with a well-recognized and respected Door County artist and his or her representing gallery. Interpretation of the abovementioned subject is entirely up to the artist.
The raffle was structured to benefit all parties involved; the selected artist, who is commissioned and paid for the creation of the painting, the representing gallery who will handle the sale and the donor who will purchase the painting and donate to the Hardy. The budget set by the board for the value of the painting is $3,600.00.
Timeframe: Ticket sales will take place throughout the entire summer season, commencing in early June to coincide with the opening of the Annual Juried Exhibit and run through the Hardy's closing in mid-October. Drawing will be held at The Hardy Gallery on October 9th, 2016 at 1:00pm.
Ticket Sales: With our audience in mind, ticket prices have been set at $5 each or 5 for $20. The main ticket venue will be the Hardy Gallery with additional sales through the Art from the Heart partner, the board of directors, financial development committee and volunteers of the organization.
Art from the Heart Partnership. Through "Art from the Heart," an initiative first launched in 2009, the Hardy works in partnership with a fellow (local) non-profit to bring greater awareness of the respective organizations to the public and support each other financially through mutual ticket sales. In return for a stake in the fundraiser, the Hardy has gifted 10% of gross ticket sales to its partner. Since its inception, the Hardy has gifted more than $ 1,500 to the following organizations: Door CANcer, Inc., Door County Habitat for Humanity, the Wellness Center, Northern Door Food Pantry and Door County Habitat for Humanity.
2016 Fundraising Partnership
Photo of Peninsual Preschool students and faculty with 2015 Raffle Artist Bonnie Paruch.
Read about the 2015 Raffle Results Here.
For 2016 The Hardy has partnered again with Peninsula Preschool, located in Ephraim, Wisconsin.
Peninsula Preschool is a not-for-profit educational organization devoted to preschool age children and their families. The school's purpose is to provide a warm, inviting and well-equipped setting where children are free and safe to play and learn. The school's curriculum stimulates intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth. Children are encouraged to think independently, pursue their natural curiosities and strive towards their own potential.
At Peninsula Preschool, our curriculum focuses on children learning by doing. It promotes active thinking and experimentation to enhance learning; therefore, children develop a self-image of being capable, competent and compassionate human beings.
Where confidence blossoms and knowledge soars!
About the Artist
Emmett Johns is an icon in the Door County art community. He and his wife, Jan, have come to Door County for over 30 years, with Johns creating his wonderfully expressive pastels and oil paintings. Our interview took place in his studio/gallery located in the Settlement Shops on Highway 42 just south of Sweetie Pies.
Johns was born in Rockford, Illinois, and his art education includes graduation with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He also studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. Johns studied figure drawing with Harry Carmean and he lists Carmean as one of his most important instructors.
Johns long career includes working as a freelance illustrator in New York in the early seventies. His awards are many and too numerous to list in this brief interview but he, in this writer’s opinion, typifies the best characteristic of a successful working artist – a friendly, great communicator who is willing to share his experiences and knowledge.
Learn more about Emmett Johns and his work Here.