Where is Lemon Street Gallery located? Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, Inc. (LSG) is located on the corner of Sheridan Road and 46th Street…just north of downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA. Kenosha is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the southeastern most corner of Wisconsin,between Milwaukee and Chicago, IL. Though our population is about 100,000, we have a friendly, small town atmosphere. With fine museums, miles of public Lake Michigan shoreline and plenty of shopping opportunities, Kenosha is a perfect business and vacation getaway. A growing art community makes it a great place to live, work and play.
In the Spring of 1998, five artists toyed with the idea of forming a co-op gallery. Because owning a building is more secure than renting, two of the artists bought a handsome brick storefront that had apartments on the second floor to help pay the mortgage. LSG opened with 13 artists on November 5, 1999...and we've been growing ever since.
Today, LSG is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt visual arts center averaging 75-100 exhibiting members. Three paid staff, artist-members, interns and volunteers share in the tasks associated with running our organization: like planning exhibitions, teaching classes and administering arts-focused partnerships within the community.
Why is it called Lemon Street?
Our 6000 sq. ft. building was built in 1919 on the corner of Lemon Street and Sheridan Road. In 1926, Kenosha streets were changed to a number system, and Lemon Street became 46th Street. To honor the history, we took the name. The two 4' x 13' tile and glass mosaics on the outside of our building are titled, "Art is Life." They were designed by Christine Sikora, and completed by artists and friends lead by Monne Haug. They were created in 2002, funded by a Wisconsin Arts Board - Artist & Community Collaboration Grant. In 2003, the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce recognized these works with a Business Beautification Award.
What is the mission of Lemon Street Gallery?
As a community-oriented cooperative gallery that believes in the importance of the arts for all we:
Provide juried venues for our artist members to exhibit and sell their work
Offer quality visual arts education and opportunities for member artist development
Support community enrichment programs and advocate for the arts in cooperation with other organizations.
We celebrate diversity! You are welcome no matter who you are, where you or your ancestors were born, what you believe in, or who you love.
What services does LSG offer its members?
Being an exhibiting member of LSG can be a valuable experience in a number of ways. We provide formal exhibit space to present your work that is open throughout the year. Sales are more frequent because we have professional sales staff and provide Visa/MC/Discover service. We also provide members teaching and learning opportunities in our classrooms.
Less obvious, and perhaps more important, are the intangible benefits. Throughout the year, gifted artists and their great work surround us. As a team, we are so much more effective in marketing and promotion. Because the gallery rotates exhibits every 3 months and we exhibit at so many other venues, artists are coaxed to remain productive, and seem to be focused on creating the best they have in them.
What are Friends of Lemon?
Friends of Lemon share our appreciation for the arts, develop opportunities for visual artists, and often volunteer. The membership fee supports the many exhibits, classes, and community programs, offered by the gallery. As a Friend of Lemon you will receive a discount on classes, advance notice of events and classes and our online newsletter “Slice of Lemon.” Lemon Street Gallery is a 501c3 non-profit organization. A tax receipt for your monetary gift is available upon request. To make your tax deductible contribution click here:
Hidden Gems Many cultural venues that are well worth visiting lie off the beaten path. by Jennifer A. Smith Wisconsin People & Ideas / Summer Issue 2008
The relaxed attitude of Lemon Street Gallery and ArtSpace, Inc., is in keeping with the red brick building's former identity. The artists' cooperative was once the Beer Depot, a liquor store that had been in business since the of World War II. As Lemon Street's founders were looking for space in 1999, the family that had long owned the Beer Depot was putting the structure up for sale, and the rest is history.
When asked what defines Lemon Street Gallery, executive director Melanie Hovey doesn't need to think long. "No pretensions," says Hovey, a stained-glass artist who also paints. "Anybody can come in here and feel comfortable and ask questions. People can make artwork at any time. We are focused on diversity so that every person who walks in the door feels welcome.
While Lemon Street established itself as a growing cooperative gallery that now boasts an average of 80 artist-members who are admitted through a jury process, the non-profit is also known as a busy center for community classes, focused mainly the needs of adult learners and teens. Just three paid staff member keep things humming Hovey, Business Manager John Mazurek, and Gallery Associate Beth Dary manage partnerships with community groups like Urban Outreach and the Spanish Center.