The Link Gallery of Children’s Art

The Link Gallery has recently undergone an amazing transformation. After a month-long project which included the painting of a beautiful and inspiring cloud mural created by Muralist, Ram Rojas and the installation of energy-efficient lighting, the space is now The Link Gallery of Children’s Art. The gallery is Door County’s first exhibit space dedicated to the showing of artwork that portrays the world through the eyes of children.

Photos by Len Villano of the Peninsula Pulse

Photos by Len Villano of the Peninsula Pulse

Beginning with the 2015 academic year, The Link Gallery of Children’s Art will feature 5-6 professionally presented exhibits annually. Children at various age levels from all Door County schools as well as those who are home-schooled will be invited to participate. During the school year exhibits will focus on providing a window to the world and educational experiences for children who live here. Summer exhibits will have themes that illuminate aspects of Door County for residents and visitors alike. The space will also present traveling exhibits featuring art created by children from other parts of the country and the world. A wide variety of themes and artistic mediums will be explored, ranging from the natural environment, cultural traditions, historical events, to values such as trust, kindness, and generosity.

The Link Gallery of Children’s Art is a collaboration of Door Community Auditorium, Friends of Gibraltar and Gibraltar Area Schools.

The Acceptance Project

On Display Now Through February

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The artwork and writing of Gibraltar 7th Graders is on display in The Link Gallery of Children’s Art through February 2016. The exhibit is part of The Acceptance Project, a two-month project led by Friends of Gibraltar (FOG), Gibraltar Schools, and Write On, Door County. The Acceptance Project, which included a trip to the Team Leadership Center, writing exercises, script writing and filmmaking, is part of FOG’s year-long theme, “Celebrating Uniqueness.” The project encourages students to address, acknowledge and explore the themes of acceptance, inclusion, exclusion, bullying, teasing, and stereotyping.

Art of the Family

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Peninsula School of Art (PenArt) is proud to display artwork created by youths attending their 2015 Summer Studios for Young Artists workshops, as well as the School’s Family Art Days outreach program, in the current Art of the Family exhibition, on dsiplay through December.

Artwork from PenArt’s summer youth workshops includes pieces created in the fine art media of painting & drawing, ceramics (hand building and on the potter’s wheel), animation, sculpture, and printmaking.

Contributions to Art of the Family from September’s Family Art Day follow the theme of “#ArtofTheFamily,” with family members working together to draw a “selfie” of their family enjoying a special memory from within a paper iPhone-shaped frame. In a world where the “selfie” self-portrait is seen consistently on Facebook and Instagram newsfeeds, PenArt stepped away from a focus on the individual to concentrate on what truly makes Door County unique – the families that support a strong arts-centered community.

After discussing their ideas, families drew a “#familie” that expressed what makes their bond unique. Those visiting the exhibition are encouraged to create and add their own #familie to the Link Gallery walls. By doing so, they join the featured artists of Art of the Family in a celebration of the beauty that is created when families collaborate their creativity and express their feelings through art, and then share it with the Door County community.

Since PenArt’s founding summer in 1965, the commitment to providing meaningful and fun curriculum for young artists remains strong. The summer youth arts program has grown from only two children’s workshops to today’s nearly 40 classes for children ages 3.5 to 17 years old, including those with family-centered activities.

The Link Gallery of Children’s Art is Door County’s first exhibit space dedicated to the showing of artwork that portrays the world through the eyes of children. Exhibits can be viewed from noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from noon to show time on show nights. The Link Gallery of Children’s Art is located at 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, inside the Door Community Auditorium.