The OCHS started an Art Show in 2004 to showcase artists who had some connection to Oconto County. Some were current residents, some had lived here but didn’t any longer, and some were from the county’s past. The art encompassed a variety of genres and was displayed throughout the House and Annex.
In 2013 an exhibit of wedding attire from the Museum’s collection was presented in the Home so the Art Show was kept to the Annex. In 2015 the new Carriage House and meeting room was built. The art continued to be in the Annex and Main Street exhibits but it was clear that the new configuration was awkward. So, in 2017 the Art Show was displayed exclusively in the meeting room.
With social distance measures necessary in 2020, OCHS decided to forgo the Art Show but instead has pictures of the past art on the website. This, of course, is not the best platform to show them but it is a way to see them again or perhaps for the first time. Check out the links below to see the art of Oconto County’s talented artists.
Peggy Zantow Bredeson: Formerly of Oconto; 2007, 2008 “Window Watching Cats” & “Three ‘Grate’ Cats”; 2010 Carved, painted gourd (photos unavailable)
Norma Edwards: 2007, 2010 Hand painted miniature tea set and oil painting (photos unavailable)
Linda Green: Oconto; 2008, 2010 oil landscapes (photos unavailable)
Jean Hartman: 2005 crocheted doily, pineapple design (photo unavailable)
Gene Heezen: 2005 Carving of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox. Pictures of Uncle Joe Holl (photo unavailable)
Shari Merline: Oconto; 2010 Photographic collage (photo unavailable)
Susan Meyer: 2008 2 oil paintings and a stained glass mirror (photos unavailable)
Alan & Ginny Orr: Oconto; 2008 Two photographs “Great Blue Heron in Flight” & “Morning Take-Off at Marsh” (photos unavailable)
Karen Pfundtner: 2005 Woven Overshot Coverlet “Orange Peel” pattern and woven rug, reminiscent of birch tree bark (photos unavailable)
Bridget Poquette: Formerly of Oconto; 2010 Abstract painting (photo unavailable)
Audrey Rietz: Late of Oconto; 2019 “Big Bend” oil painting (photo unavailable)
Tracy Schuh: Abrams; 2007 3 items of fiber art (photos unavailable)
Lyndon “Bud” Smith: Formerly of Oconto; 2007 scroll saw pictures (photos unavailable)
Kasey Van Trump: Gillett; 2008 Mariners Compass Quilt Block and Crazy quilt
Bill Zantow: Formerly of Oconto; 2010 Fall photograph (photo unavailable)