Artist’s in Residence ~ Reception

BRAGII Coffee House & Wine Bar  *  Williams Bay, WI

Artists Show and Reception

Every month BRAGII will host artists from the Geneva Lake Art Foundation including am Artist’s Reception on the second or third Friday of the Month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist/s.  Free hors d’oeuvres will be served and $5 glasses of wine.  Join us and help us to celebrate support your talented local artists!


Suzanne Tsamardinos resides in Burlington, Wisconsin.  A native of Madison, Wisconsin, the lakes, forests and outdoor vitality of Madison were major factors in developing her love of both nature and city life, which are many times reflected in her choice of painting subjects.  Tsamardinos obtained an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and following a career in computers and IT audit, she now can focus on art.  Tsamardinos has studied various painting styles and techniques with several accomplished artists from Wisconsin and Florida but is primarily a self-taught painter.   Tsamarsinos is a member of several painting groups and exhibits at Gallery 223 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Sunshine Art Gallery in St Pete Beach, Florida, where she received the Viewer’s Choice awards, and several commissions.

“I have found great joy and satisfaction in creating art.  The artistic journey mirrors life, beginning with the initial concept and first brush stroke.  Each stroke alters the perception and final outcome of the picture, much as life events impact, shape and mold the person.  The final picture may be significantly different than the intended initial concept. “

Melissa Wilson is an art student at Harper College and has studied art at Columbia College, Carthage College, and the Evanston Art Center. In the past three years Wilson’s art has been shown in the galleries of Harper College and Carthage College in their juried student shows. She is a member of the Geneva Lakes Art Foundation.  Married with grown children, Wilson is retired from a career in the sciences, and lives in Williams Bay and the Chicago area.

“In my frequent subjects of open space and time in nature, I seek to echo the transformative element of nature, and the beauty of shape, color and form.  Sometimes paradox and conflict and our finite life is a key component of my work.  I hope my work will enhance people’s lives through the expression of awe, beauty and observation. ”




Jeanne Dyer

Even as a young girl, I have always been happiest when I have a pencil, pen, crayon, brush or camera in my hand. I enjoy capturing the beauty of this world and sharing it with others through my art.

I graduated from Bradley University with a BA in Fine Art and worked in Marketing Communications for Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, IL and Caterpillar S.A.R.L. in Geneva, Switzerland for almost 20 years.

Retiring to Lake Geneva, WI in 2006, I served on several board positions, including as President, for both the Geneva Lake Art Association and the Greater Geneva Art Guild in Geneva, IL. I was instrumental in helping the GLAA become a 501c3 charitable organization, which is known as the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation, Inc. (GLAF) today. I am a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and web coordinator for the GLAF.

During my life, I have been fortunate to live on four continents, in five very different countries, each with its own particular character. I’ve studied the inhabitants, both human and animal, their unique dwellings and landscapes. My artwork is a reflection of what I’ve learned.


Jack Armstrong

I never had any interest in photography prior to finding out that coursework in the field was required to obtain my BS degree in Broadcasting at San Diego State University. One course led to another, as well as discovering how much I enjoyed acquiring and processing photographs. My first subjects revolved around street photography. I set up home labs to process and print black and white and spent many hours in the darkroom creating photos of the people and events I encountered on my outings.   Working in color meant turning over my images to a lab and relinquishing a portion of personal authorship.

Now the “Digital Age” makes it possible for us to use our still cameras for video and our video cameras for stills. The darkroom has been replaced by the computer and software programs that produce images in monochrome or color for output to many different types of media. I finish my images almost exclusively in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. I utilize the full range of each slider and preset to express what I felt at the time of capturing the image with my camera. This step is the equivalent of negative and print development in the darkroom. It is a required part of the workflow prior to creating the finished image. I personally print all of my work. I feel that this is a vital part of the process, just as important as acquiring the original image within the camera.


Pam Ring, Lake Geneva Collage Artist

This month’s Artist Reception will be On Friday, September 7 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Music will be provided by Tom Stanfield.  Free food and discounted wine will be available.  Join us!!



Sybil Brauneis Klug and Cathy L. Rocca

Join us for an Artist’s Reception on Friday, August 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Complimentary Refreshments and Wine by the Glass $5.


Sandra Fink May, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Nicholette Marsicano, Ink, Acrylic, Pencil

Join us for their reception on Friday, July 13 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Free Refreshments and free looks at beautiful & interesting art….



Kris Maher, Kathie Stevens & Patricia Barnes

Reception Friday June 8, 2018 ~ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Complimentary Refreshments & Live Music by Tom Stanfield

MAY 2018

Bragii is excited to host Lake Geneva artist Dawn Kist as May Artist of the Month.  Kist has an enchanting way of combining color and whimsy with detailed crispness.  Please stop by and view her work this month.  Reception May 11,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

APRIL 2018

Kim Alba and Donnette Behar, watercolor

March 2018

featuring Contemporary Botanical Artists

Sandy Kessel, Kathy Walsh and Jeanne Dyer

Reception: Friday, March 9, 2018     5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres &Coffee s Wine & Beer available

 Sandy Kessel enjoyed a fulfilling career in nursing; Kathy Walsh has a rewarding career in education; Jeanne Dyer has a corporate marketing and communications career, but what they all have in common is their lifelong pursuit and love of art!  Kessel, Walsh and Dyer present a beautifully fresh exhibit representing the Contemporary Botanical Art movement.  The trio participates in the Botanical Art Classes at the Geneva Lake Arts Foundation’s Gallery 223 on Friday mornings and all have paintings accepted in local and regional juried art exhibits.

Our portraits record the beauty we carefully observe in the detail of the plants in our world.

We hope you enjoy our work!  ~ Sandy, Kathy and Jeanne


Flowers, trees, leaves, plants, fruits and nuts, stalks, weeds, seed pods and roots found in all four seasons inspire and challenge contemporary botanical artists. Contemporary Botanical Art emphasizes detailed observation of the specimen as well as its overall impression blending the science of Botany with personal expression. The genre is rooted in global history and has seen a resurgence of interest in the past ten years. The renewed interest in botanic art may be attributed to a modern awareness of conservation which provides rich fodder to an artist’s imagination as they interpret the changing world. Historically, botanical paintings employ watercolor – a particularly challenging media. However, today’s artists use acrylic, oil and graphite to capture the beauty of the natural world.


February, 2018

Ken Cottingham, Lake Geneva  MEDIUM: Oil

RECEPTION: Friday, January 16, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Trained the University of Illinois, the Chicago Museum of Art and Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich, Cottingham’s work has been exhibited at the West Allis Art Alliance Gallery, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Carroll College, the Geneva Lake Art Foundation Gallery, the Aislinge Gallery, and Roicettera Gallery and BRAGII in Williams Bay.

Cottingham has gained prominence as an art educator and is member of Oil Painters of America.  He is inspired to paint and sculpt the beauty of natural and man-made landscapes and life forms; he hopes his work “communicates new and meaningful ways to view the world.”


January, 2018

Sharon Larson, Hebron, IL    MEDIUM: Watercolor, Oil, Pastel

“…I draw on my life experiences with family, city and country life, animals and fox-hunting…  I’ve always loved beauty in times, objects and ideas and try to capture these impressions in my paintings.”

Jeanne Hannula, Williams Bay, WI   MEDIUM: Watercolor

An accomplished flutist, Jeanne sites her artistic inspiration from an enduring love of music, teaching, kayaking, gardening, family and travel.

Sarah McConnell, Lake Geneva, WI   MEDIUM: Watercolor/Mixed Media

“Lake Geneva and art have always been intertwined in my life; my favorite aunt was an artist and it was during summers at the Lake that she taught me to look at the world through an artistic lens… While watercolor remains my primary expression, for the past two years I have been exploring mixed media with artist Pam Ring and enjoying the artistic freedom the media allows.”

BRAGII is truly excited to host monthly Artist’s in Residence and Artist Receptions from 5 – 7 p.m. on the Second Tuesday every month.


RECEPTION: Friday, January 12  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Free hors d’oeurves, cash bar.