Welcome to Pollard Gifts & Gallery, located at historic Rhode Center for the Arts in Downtown Kenosha.
The Pollards: Internationally renowned portrait artist George Pollard and his wife Nan Pollard, a recognized illustrator of children’s books, called Kenosha home for more than 50 years. George painted six presidents, one of the popes and numerous celebrities and sports figures. Nan illustrated more than 2,000 children’s books including Curious George, Peter Pan and the Three Pigs. Lakeside Players has honored them with the gallery in their name. Rhode Center for the Arts is also home to the Lakeside Players community theater group.
In addition to the work of the Pollards, the gallery is home to award winning local artists who exhibit their art in a number of mediums, from fine art to functional art. The displays are always changing. Bi-monthly, there are guest artist displays, art shows and contests, photography and digital art shows. Browsers are always welcome!
You can find one-of-a-kind jewelry, hand beaded or crafted from precious stones, polished aluminum and glass. Photography, nature, local, landscapes, scenery and vintage Kenosha! Canvas wraps, framed and unframed prints. Photographic gifts, mugs, mouse pads, calendars, journals, puzzles and note cards. Woodworking, native and imported woods turned into plates, trays, and other pieces. Pottery in forms of clay sculptures, cups, bowls and jewelry. Painting, acrylics, oil, watercolors, pastels, charcoal and more! Many other gift items available, including handmade purses, button art, notebooks made from upcycled VHS movie jackets, coloring books and memory boxes.
Pollard is also home to the “Book Nook”: works of fiction and non-fiction by local authors. Local history, biographies, autobiographies and children’s books are included.
Pollard has annually hosted the following:
- Photography & Digital Arts Show – Juried Exhibition
- “Got Crayons!” Coloring Contest – Judged by 5th Graders
- Your “Comfort Zone” Art Show – People’s Choice Award
- 3D Show – Juried Exhibition
- Advent Art Show – Juried Exhibition