Guests at SVA’s January Final Friday must be prepared to have all five senses indulged. On Friday, January 31st from 6pm to 10pm!  Tastings at 6:30 and 8:15.  Also paired are cheeses, exotic beers, and chocolates.  Free Admission, affordable art, free appetizers and drinks for sale. Don’t miss it!

It’s Sheboygan Visual Artists’ annual celebration of matching fine wine with fine art.  Yes, a wine can capture the mood of a painting or photo or work of stained glass.  Synergy brings out the best of both when you see and sip simultaneously.

But it won’t stop there.  Great Wisconsin cheeses, luscious rich chocolates, newly-composed music, and – a first this year – selections for beer-lovers too.

What genius can mastermind this alchemy?  Jaclyn Stuart, the certified sommelier and gourmet who literally wrote the book on wine and food matching, will guide guests through pairings with six works of art.  Since her first Final Friday matching mission four years ago, Jaclyn has honed her techniques from her vantage point at Vintage Elkhart Lake, her excellent shop that serves wine and food lovers year-round.

Like all of SVA’s monthly events, this one on January 31st from 6 to 10 pm is free and open to the public.  It will happen at SVA’s ArtFactory in EBCO ArtWorks, 12th Street and Erie Avenue in Sheboygan.

All guests can enjoy the entire art exhibit, free cheese samples, and a cash bar, but those who want to indulge in the guided wine-cheese-chocolate-music-beer-art experience must reserve and pay $20 at the SVA website here. Without a reservation, $25 at the door, if any tickets remain.  Two matching (winetasting) sessions are available, starting at 6:30 pm and 8:15 pm.

Six interesting and accomplished SVA artists are creating work to feature this month.

Angie Zimmerman earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Minneapolis and her Masters in art education in Arizona.  She is the Director of SVA’s Art Factory, where beginners and professionals alike enjoy classes, workshops, and open studio sessions.  Angie’s creations in molded paper are colorful and deeply textured.

Erico Ortiz, this year’s curator of SVA Final Fridays, lives in Milwaukee, where he is in the process of opening a new visual arts gallery and performing arts center: Inspiration Studios.  He is an unabashed self-taught painter who thoroughly enjoys the serendipity of mixing and blending colors into work that takes off in unintended directions.

Susan Baumgart is one of Sheboygan’s large coterie of wonderful water colorists.  She currently teaches oil painting at the Senior Activity Center. Her luminous landscapes and flowers, often inspired during her travels, draw viewers into the beauty of the world.

Paul Otto’s photography is instantly recognized by his elegant signature – and his painstaking devotion to excellence, for which he has received numerous awards throughout the Midwest. All of the images in this show are large-format-film-based black and white silver gelatin prints, individually printed by the artist in a wet darkroom. Paul was educated in architecture at Kansas State University.

Rita Harmeling is well known for her paintings and stained glass work, and is loved by hundreds of her students. Judging by her traditional and elegant portrayals of windmills, one might think she’s always lived in Oostburg, but in fact she grew up a California surfer-girl and worked in a bronze-casting foundry at California State University in Long Beach.

Another “import”, Kay Jelinek, moved to Sheboygan from Janesville five years ago, bringing with her the belief that “Art can change the world!”  From a long career of teaching art, Kay is at ease in practically any medium and often surprises us with her combinations of materials and techniques.

Please join us!

A major part of SVA’s mission is presenting opportunities for the community to enjoy visual arts – both by viewing art in many media (at ArtWorks) and by making art at any age or skill level (at The Art Factory).  For more information, visit or phone 262-416-1ART (278).