Manitowoc Wisconsin Maritime Museum art exhibit inspired by water

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo DeVinci

Unsalted or salted?

Ocean, lake, river, stream or swimming pool?

When was the last time you picked something up off the beach, jumped in a puddle, or paddled in a quiet pond? People have been drawn to bodies of water since the dawn of time; challenged to see what lies beyond the horizon, around the bend or below the surface.

Water has inspired adventures, dreams, myths and legends. This led to works of art as simple as a wavy line on a rock and as complex as Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of ​​Galilee”.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum and members of the Lakeshore Artists Guild present “H2O: The Essence of Life,” an exhibit inspired by our relationship with water.

Sunrise over Lake Michigan, photograph by John Rohrer.
Great Lakes Zooplankton by Rebecca Jabs.

Just as water is ever-changing and multi-faceted, each artist brings their own perspective and interpretation of what water means to them in this exhibition. A mythical creature, a day at the beach, a mighty storm…all connected by water. It is the essence of life.

Fifteen Guild members, working in a variety of media, are represented. Painting, handmade paper, mosaic, photography, woodcarving and digital illustration will be exhibited. Many works are available for purchase.

“H2O: The Essence of Life” will be on display in the museum’s art gallery on the lower level of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum from June 11 through Labor Day. The museum is located at 75 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday exclusively for vulnerable populations and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those days for the general public.

The museum will follow guidelines and regulations set by state, federal, and local authorities amid the coronavirus, and will adhere to all best practices for public health and social distancing. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks or cloth face coverings that completely cover the nose and mouth. Disposable masks are available for purchase for $1 at the gift shop. Further details about the museum are available at

The Lakeshore Artists Guild represents artists in the Manitowoc County area in a variety of visual art forms with a mission to advance the appreciation of fine art in all its forms, to promote art and craft , to maintain standards of excellence and to create a vibrant community of artists. in the Manitowoc County area.

Manitowoc Light House, a collaboration between Dave Pozorski and Jim Dolan.

The Lakeshore Artists Guild provides opportunities to exhibit and showcase the creative endeavors of its artist members to the public. Guild members strive to promote, stimulate, and support interest in the visual arts, whether financially or through participation, and to provide artists in the Manitowoc area with the opportunity to connect with each other.

The Guild encourages high standards of artistic professionalism and maintains open channels of communication with business, cultural and educational organizations in Eastern Wisconsin.

To learn more about the Lakeshore Artists Guild, visit

Cheryl Mahowald writes on behalf of the Lakeshore Artists Guild.


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