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Impressionist Painter Judi Ekholm Delights Door Garden Club at Edgewood

Members of the Door Garden Club and guests gathered at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek Tuesday for the club's June meeting and program to hear well-known landscape and flower impressionist painter, Judi Ekholm, talk about what inspires her. She was introduced by J.R. Jarosh, gallery owner, who welcomed the group and invited everyone to stroll through the gardens and enjoy Judi's numerous paintings that were hung throughout the gallery.

Judi's paintings are inspired by Door County. While she spends winters painting in Florida, her work is inspired by the special places she frequents and photographs throughout Door County with her husband in the summer months. Because she works primarily with oil paints which take several days to dry, it's common for her to work on numerous paintings at the same time, often for ten hours a day. Her unique painting style has evolved over the years and is now leaning more towards the abstract. On display were also some of Judi's recent paintings which were done with acrylic paints which can be hung in protected places outdoors.

Edgewood Orchard Galleries opened for its 56th season in May, and Judi has been an exhibiting painter at the gallery for the past 25 years. She estimates her work to be in 1400 collections!

It was a beautiful, sunny morning and the event was held outdoors under a catwalk at the gallery. The group enjoyed cucumber tea sandwiches, bruschetta, key lime bars, fresh local strawberries, mimosas, and lemon water.

The upcoming 'Tablescapes' Flower Show to be held at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Tuesday, July 23 was the main topic of discussion during the brief business meeting. The show will feature ten tablescape entries designed by local professional and hobbyist floral designers, and morning and afternoon floral design demonstrations by Nichole Campbell, owner of Petal Pusher Floral in Green Bay. More information about the show and tickets can be found on the Door Garden Club website at

The Door Garden Club wishes to thank Judi Ekholm for sharing her talent and time, J. R. and Nell Jarosh for their gracious hospitality, and members of the garden club for providing the refreshments.


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