Featured Partner: Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace

11/4/2019 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Arts & Culture, Downtown, Featured Partner, Shopping
Lemon Street Gallery
clay studio, making art at Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace
Lemon Street Gallery
Kenosha ArtMarket
Kenosha ArtMarket
Lemon Street Gallery

Kenosha has a thriving arts scene, due in no small part to Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace. Through ambitious projects, word-of-mouth, and letting the product speak for itself, the nonprofit artist collective has its first twenty years under its belt. Lemon Street Gallery is located on the corner of Sheridan Road and 46th Street in the Union Park Arts District. The building was built in 1919 when 46th Street was called Lemon Street - thus the gallery name honors this history.

Five artists, including founding director Melanie Hovey, opened Lemon Street Gallery on November 5, 1999. The gallery started with 13 artist members, and now has 84. Artists are drawn from as far as Milwaukee and Chicago, with the majority coming from three counties: Kenosha, Racine, and Lake County, IL. Works including jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, sculptures, fibers, and everything in between are featured. Beth Dary, the current gallery director, notes they even have an encaustic artist, which is a unique medium utilizing hot wax. The gallery doesn’t actively pursue artists, but rather artists seek them out. The gallery celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2019 - after slowly, methodically, and strategically growing through the years, Beth says.

Lemon Street Gallery offers exhibits, opening receptions, art for sale, a public clay studio, and more art-centered events. It is family friendly. Classes are offered for all ages and include painting, drawing, stained glass, book binding, screen printing, and pottery. Yet Lemon Street is so much more than what happens in its building.

Many years ago, Lemon Street Gallery was instrumental in creating the Kenosha Union Park Project - KUPP. This is an ongoing creative project located in Union Park near the gallery. The park has been beautified since KUPP came into existence and is now used for events such as art classes. Eventually more art galleries would open in the area and so the Union Park Arts District was born.

Kenosha ArtMarket - touted as Kenosha's first all original outdoor art market - debuted in 2019 at Union Park. Lemon Street Gallery took the lead in organizing this event. The goal, according to Beth, is to give “artists - seasoned and emerging - a platform to sell their work and feel empowered to do more.” This is a juried market and open to all artists - not just members of Lemon Street Gallery. Not intended as a fundraiser, the application fee is enough to cover permit and advertising costs and yet still be affordable for artists. “I think it’s a real jewel,” Beth says. The first year far exceeded expectations. The first market had 11 artists; the largest week had 30 artists. Acoustic music is staged throughout the day at the market, which is held on the third Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June through October. The market is always looking for artists and volunteers – inquire at Lemon Street Gallery if interested.

Both a great marketing tool and sales mechanism, Lemon Street Gallery also offers the ArtCorp Program. Members’ original art hangs in the offices of local legislators at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Art is also hung locally in workplaces and businesses, such as Jockey International, Harborside Common Grounds, KABA, Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and more. The artwork is changed quarterly and most are available for purchase. The program has been very well received by participants and has drawn people into the gallery, according to Beth.

Throughout the year, Lemon Street Gallery presents limited-time-only featured artist exhibits with a few different members’ work on display each month. The gallery does something different though in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is when Artistree, a juried one-of-a-kind giftable art show, takes place. Think of a craft show - that you can visit Wednesday through Sunday for four weeks. Each year, between 32 and 40 artists have their artwork for sale. The artists do not have to be members of the gallery.

Beth herself is a mixed media artist with an emphasis on fiber, sculpture, and three-dimensional mixed media. Her affiliation with Lemon Street Gallery began when she met Melanie at Kenosha HarborMarket. Beth would then participate in Artistree, and was asked to become a member. She then served on the management council - which was like the board of directors. When Melanie announced in 2014 that she was retiring, Beth offered to become the director. “There is no other place in the world like this. It is amazing,” Beth says. “We love everyone in the community.”

For giftable art - or to see about exhibiting or selling your own art - stop by Lemon Street Gallery!

(262) 605-4745,

November 2019

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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