Where Past Meets Present

Summer Solstice Showcase 2018
SSS 2018 art

Bringing Together the Old and New

Tonight, on the eve of the Summer Solstice, see how historic art pieces from the Tallman Collection have inspired local artists to create new works of art!

Stroll through the Lincoln-Tallman House to view both new and historic pieces. Talk with local artists about their inspirations. Find a piece you love and bid on it in the live auction!

Cocktails and food stations with appetizers prepared by local chefs round out the fun at this second-annual Summer Solstice Showcase.

It’s a White Party

What better way to mark the start of summer than a white party? Casual cocktail attire, with a white flair, is encouraged!


Date and Time

Wednesday, June 20 from 6-9 p.m. on the grounds of the Rock County Historical Society.


$55 per person

Your Evening At A Glance

  • 6:00 – 6:30 Cocktails and opening remarks
  • 6:30 – 7:30 Lincoln-Tallman House open to view historic artwork and the newly re-imagined pieces. Many artists will be present to talk with guests.
  • 6:30 Appetizers served
  • 7:30 Live auction

Featured Artists

These artists and their work will be featured during the 2018 Summer Solstice Showcase. Click on each artist’s name to learn more about them.

Stephanie Holznecht

Stephanie Holznecht worked for many years in the graphic design industry, before making art her full-time profession. Her specialty is abstract art. Stephanie invests in the creation of a piece of art to convey what she has inside: her thinking, her emotions, her life, her essence, and her soul. The finished piece is a complex creation of mixed emotions, coming together to form a cohesive piece of art. Stephanie has exhibited all over the world, and at countless venues throughout the U.S.

Kristine Moser

Kristine Moser’s award-winning art has been used to raise money for children, education, health, and historical societies across the United States. Her tapestries can be found in the U.S., Canada and Japan, as well as at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Kristine was honored to design an ornament for the White House and a tapestry for the President of the United States.

Claudiadair Fitzgerald

Claudiadair Fitzgerald is the owner of L’Atelier Art Studio and Gallery in Janesville. She shares her studio with Bob Witczak, Dava Dahlgren and Reisa Peters. A Janesville resident for more than fifty years, Claudia has created countless pieces of original art. Watercolor is her favorite. She also enjoys acrylics, pastels and colored pencil. In her art, Claudia’s favorite subjects are figures and gardens. Claudia currently teaches children’s classes and plans to start up a sketching class.

Alicia Reid

Alicia Reid’s chosen medium of collage reveals a bit of her cut- and pasted-together path. Previous lives as an adjunct geography professor and an instrumental music educator are revealed in her work. Using a variety of materials including geography/geology texts, sheet music, and maps of many kinds, these literal narratives of Alicia’s past are embedded in her artwork using assorted gels, mediums, and glazes. Currently, she is the owner of Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville.

Todd Jacot

Todd Jacot has had a lifelong love of all arts and enjoys expressing it whenever the chance arises. Paper crafts and fabric arts – sewing and quilting – are among his favorites. Todd has been a member of two different art exchange communities at which artists are challenged to create a piece based on a central theme, then exchange their pieces with one another. He also has made everything from skateboards to quilts to sell as fund raisers for various charities.

Bob Witzack

Bob Witzack began painting in the mid-1960s, working primarily in oils, and has exhibited work at the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Salon, the Beloit and Janesville Country Clubs, JPAC, and Raven’s Wish Art Gallery. With Bachelor’s degrees from UW-Madison in Fine Art and in Education, Bob worked as a railway employee and as a teacher. He currently divides his time between watch/clock repair, and making art at L’Atelier Art Studio and Gallery in Janesville.

Richard Snyder

Richard Snyder is familiar to most people in Rock County from his stained-glass work at the historic Oak Hill Chapel. He has spent more than forty years in construction, cabinetmaking and art glass restoration, and more than thirty years as an educator/instructor in the woodworking and art glass industry worldwide. Richard shares his talents with the students of many schools. He has invented hundreds of products and marketed them on his websites. Richard’s education is in architecture; engineering design and blueprint/drawing; marketing; and sales.

Deb Perrino

Deb Perrino, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Eastern Washington State University, is currently focusing on Chinese watercolor, chalk pastel, and acrylic painting. She is a member of the Janesville Art League and the Rockford Art Guild, and has had three solo artist shows at Katie’s Cup in Rockford. Deb exhibits in both Janesville and Rockford. She received a state award in the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, and honorable mention in the Janesville Art League’s Holiday show.

Marge Manogue

Marge Manogue’s mediums are acrylics and vitreous paints. Trained at MATC in Milwaukee, she has exhibited at Hedberg Public Library, Oak Hill Chapel, and Taste of Culture at UW-Rock County. Marge also enjoys tole painting, and leads nail art classes. Her painting titled “Milton House” appeared in the 2017 book The Milton House. She also has been featured in the Janesville Art League’s newsletter. Marge is self-employed at Large Marge Salon in Milton. She plans to attend the Madeline Island School of the Arts later this year.

Brad Harnish

Brad is the owner of Floral Expressions in downtown Janesville. With over 30 years of experience, Brad has been active in the floral industry at both the state and national level. He is a certified member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). He has performed many floral demonstrations throughout the U.S., in addition to having his designs published in both national and international floral publications. Brad also served on the floral design team for two presidential inaugurations.

History In Focus: Sharing Stories. Supporting Community.

Share Your Story

On this night, as we focus on art, we ask you to share: From sculptures to paintings, pottery and more, what is your favorite fine art medium?

Giving Back

By attending the Summer Solstice Showcase, you’ll also be helping the Luther Valley Historical Society in Footville. Continuing our community engagement tradition, a portion of the event proceeds will be donated to support and modernize the work of this unique Historical Society.

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