Father’s Day Event
Lily Pad Gallery West
Friday, June 13th – Sunday, June 15th
Please join us for a special pop-up sale at Lily Pad Gallery West over Father’s Day weekend. Whether you are looking for a unique gift for your father, husband, grandfather, or even something for yourself, what better way to create a lasting memory than with a painting that will stay with him for years to come.
Throughout the weekend, select paintings that have been hand-picked for this event will be $100 off. Once you have found the perfect painting for your loved one, enjoy complimentary wrapping of the piece. Celebrate Dad with a lasting gift that he will cherish for years to come.
This weekend, we will be highlighting father/son relationships that exist within our artists, including the Niemi family, the McCaw family, and the Dunlop family. Scroll down to read their stories and be inspired to celebrate Dad through art.
Our hours this Father’s Day Weekend are as follows:
Friday, June 14th: 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, June 15th: 11am – 7pm
Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day): 11am – 4pm
Men of Steel: Bruce Niemi and Frank J. Niemi
Bruce Niemi, one of Lily Pad Gallery’s main sculpture artists, found his passion for sculpture through his father, Frank, who was a self-taught abstract sculptor and ornamental iron artist. At the young age of 12, he taught Bruce how to weld, and Bruce has been sculpting ever since.
In 2017, the Kenosha Public Museum held a show honoring this father-son relationship, highlighting two lifetimes of dedication to art through a powerful retrospective exhibition titled “Men of Steel.” In honor of Frank’s guidance and love, Bruce’s work was shown alongside Frank’s, exposing the influence that Bruce’s father had on his development as an artist.
A Father/Son Studio: The McCaw Family
Father Dan McCaw and his two sons, Danny and John, work out of a shared studio in Torrance, California. Immersed in the arts growing up, John and Danny followed in their father’s footsteps to become artists, and McCaw Contemporary, their shared studio space, was created.
From the McCaw Contemporary website:
“The willingness to push boundaries and ideas is cultivated by working in a shared environment where there is overlap (though not duplication) in theory, philosophy, and intention. Rarely do you find a father and his two sons working under a single roof, in a dynamic atmosphere where curiosity, open mindedness, and traditional wisdom co-mingle with experimentation, innovation and change. In this rare working environment, there is a natural alchemy that is born between a father and his sons, in which each contributes to the others’ creative objective, and yet each (still) retains his individual artistic identity.”
One Painting, Two Artists: David and Max Dunlop
David Dunlop, artist, teacher, and Emmy award-winning television host, often collaborates with his son, Max Dunlop, to create striking works that explore and celebrate the relationship they have together. David and Max have won numerous awards for their collaborative pieces, and continue to create paintings together, allowing their unique artistic visions to mix, creating rich works that transcend either of their individual approaches.
The process of David and Max collaborating is interesting and methodical. Each artist begins a painting, and, at a mutually agreed upon point, they switch works. The other artist is allowed to do whatever they wish to the painting that has been started, be it destroying it, augmenting it, or employing whatever reaction they feel the work requires.
“If you begin a painting knowing that another artist will change it perhaps, radically then, you feel free, liberated from obligation and expectation. I knew my work, my start was only temporary, ephemeral so, I felt freer to risk any gesture… Max observed a similar sensation of unleashed freedom.”
-David Dunlop (from his website)
Contact Lily Pad Gallery West for information on pricing and to view additional works by these artists and more.