NEW BUFFALO — A “Celebration of Art” at Courtyard Gallery, 813 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, will take place April 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

New to the gallery this year is Julie McDonough, a stained-glass artist from Michigan.

The “Spirit of Freedom,” a 10-foot-high, 12-foot-wide stained glass and metal horse sculpture created by McDonough was installed in front of the Courtyard Gallery on April 12.

Julie attributes “Freedom” to the current situation of endangered wild horses and burros, our environment, and to all people of all races facing threats to their freedom as individuals and communities.

Also new to Courtyard Gallery is renowned glass sculpture Larry Nissan. His love of glass began over 30 years ago with stained glass and soon he moved to blowing and sculpting. Nissan’s skills, working with color, are greatly aided by his creative direction.

Gifted bronze artist John Leon, from Ohio, with his light-hearted sculptures, will join the gallery as a new artist for the celebration. Leon’s sculptures can be found in many private and public collections on five continents. He started sculpting in 1980 and has created over 500 sculptures in bronze, stone and wood

Adding to the impact of the 2021 Celebration of Art is internationally renowned sculptor Fritz Olsen who will be debuting his work at the Courtyard Gallery.

Having left his Chicago studio for one in Sawyer, Michigan, Fritz has been sculpting for over 30 years. The ribbon form has become his signature element, sometimes evolving into a Mobius with no beginning or end, just curving unto itself. His abstract pieces in stone, bronze and steel defy description.

Courtyard Gallery is open six days a week (closed on Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. If you feel more comfortable you can make an appointment for a private showing. For more information call 800-291-9287.

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