Gallery of Youth goes to the Fair!

It’s the 46th Annual Stockholm Art Fair and GOY has been invited!



This is a great opportunity for us to spread the word to thousands of visitors.  We’ll be selling students’ artwork and offering an art project to kids and adults free of charge!  Stop by for a visit and create an artful postcard which you can stamp, write a note from the park and then pop it in the blue box at the Stockholm Post Office. Everyone loves snail mail.  See you at the fair!


Here’s How it Works

We’re doing things differently this year.  No more pitty purchases… choose the art that you LOVE.

You may choose ANY original piece of artwork for only $15.  There will be a rotating selection of originals during the 2 day event.  Pick the pieces that you LOVE.  Once a piece is sold, another will be put in it’s place.

Most of the originals can also be available as prints or cards, by order only.

Other merchandise is price as marked

This year we have t-shirts and tote bags screen printed from a child’s crayon drawing!  Aren’t these awesome?


3rd Annual!

The 3rd Annual Gallery of Youth will commence in a new venue and a different time of year!  Many have asked for the event to be held closer to the holidays in hopes of using it as a gift purchasing opportunity.   Our host this year is the new Harbor Hill General Store in Pepin, WI.  Friday, Dec 7th will be the opening night and celebration for students and their families to view their artwork (other visitors are welcome on the first night as well).  The sale will continue all day on Sat, Dec 8th.  There will also be raffles to win some great goods from our local supporters.

Area businesses or individuals may sponsor the program by donating funds for printing, matting and framing, donating gift certificates for raffle or food & drink for the opening gala.  Any little bit of help is much appreciated!  If you would like to support this fundraising effort in any way please contact:

Sarah Smith-Prokosch

715.456.1063 |

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Calling All Youth Artists! Grades Pre K-12 for the 2nd Annual Gallery of Youth

Last year’s very first Gallery of Youth event was a huge success.  The event raised $2,000 for the Art Department at the Pepin Area Schools!  It also inspired kids to explore and move forward with their creative talents.  This fundraiser allows the students to be involved first hand by creating their own artwork, donating it to Gallery of Youth and it turning a profit to directly benefit art students of the Pepin Area Schools.  100% of Profits are donated!  The event allowed us to reach out beyond the Pepin community attracting art lovers and community supporters.  We even shipped artwork to 5 different states by selling it on in order to turn more profits with a wider art-40

We are looking for original works of art to be donated.  These works may include 2D drawings, paintings or collage, 3D sculpture, weaving, poetry, photography and even crayon drawings or doodles!  Artwork may be of serious or silly nature, but we do ask that it be an original creation by the student.  No licensed artwork will be accepted (ie:  Dr. Seuss or Disney reproductions, name brands, etc.)  Students may submit multiple works of art, but due to growing interest we may have to limit our final choices to just a couple of pieces per student.  We may choose to turn artwork into prints, greeting cards or sell as originals.

The 2nd Annual Gallery of Youth will once again take place at The Breakwater in Pepin, March 31 and April 1.  Fri, March 31 will be the opening night and celebration for students and their families to view their artwork.  The sale will continue all day on Sat, April 1.  There will also be special prizes for the winning artists.

Area businesses or individuals may sponsor the program by donating funds for printing, matting and framing, donating gift certificates for raffle or food & drink for the opening gala.  Art supplies or mentoring would also be a welcome donation.

***Artwork may be submitted to Sarah Smith or Art Teacher Lori Pesic.  All Artwork must be submitted by Monday, March 13 so that it can be prepared for sale.

To submit artwork, to donate or for assistance in completing a project (supplies,mentoring, etc) please contact

Sarah Smith

715.456.1063 |

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What an amazing weekend we had!  Our First Annual Gallery of Youth was a great success.  That’s right, I said FIRST ANNUAL.  It was successful enough and with such positive feedback, we will do this again and again.

My favorite part of the event was seeing people’s reactions as they entered through the door at The Breakwater.  Nobody expected to walk into a pub like atmosphere for a fundraiser and instead find this awe-inspiring display of color, creativity, and artful spirit.  The kids were in the spotlight and they really got everyone’s attention.  There was such an amazing energy going through the room–  kid’s beamed while they watched friends, neighbors and even strangers purchase their artwork.  And the proud new owners of this artwork were so proud to own it and show it off.

It was wonderful to see so many different people come together for a cause.  Our local school children with their families, townspeople of Pepin, Stockholm and Maidenrock, artists, musicians, local shop owners, out-of-towners, those who don’t have children in school, those who were came for the art….together helped to support our little Pepin School.  And what’s even better is that the kids had a real hand in doing this for their school.  The students donated their artwork for this event, even though none of them would get a dime in their own pockets from the sales.  But they gave so generously in spite of that, knowing they will benefit at school because of it.

This event not only brought people together, but it inspired the kids even more.  For them to see their artwork hanging up for the public, to see their peers’ artwork hanging up, and knowing that they had a hand in a great cause, they are inspired to keep moving forward.  We have kids who are already working on making art for “next time” and they are excited to help and show off their stuff.

The idea of all of this was to encourage kids to grow with their creativity, look for mentorship in the talented people around us, to find nurturing in their natural abilities by parents and teachers and to find inspiration in the stunning surroundings that we live in.  I believe that the West Coast of Wisconsin, especially for creative folk, is the place where your dreams are within reach……if you’re willing to work for it.

Thanks to our mentor artists who donated their impressive work for auction:   Celeste Nelms, Dougie Padilla, Gary Egger, Lori Pesic and Mavis Kjarland.  100% of the silent auction money will go to the school.  Thank you to our artists for giving so generously.

Thanks to our talented musicians, Joanna Jahn, Rich Casey, Chris Thompson and The Ditchlilies, for creating a lovely ambiance.

Thank you also to our local businesses who donated their services and items towards the event.  Thanks to Creative Metalworx for making our art displays, Abode for the generous donation and use of the easels, The Bar Express for providing refreshments, Paul and Fran’s for donating the ice cream and gift certificate, Harbor View Cafe for the gift certificate donation,Villa Bellezza for the Wine Experience donation, Pleasant Corner Schoolhouse for promotion of the event, Angela Kissel for photographing the event, and of course a huge thanks to David Sheridan for donating the use of The Breakwater building and the sailboat rides through Sail Pepin.  Thanks also to good friends who came in to help set everything up on opening night.  This event wouldn’t have gone nearly as well without the help of everyone and we appreciate every bit of it!

I’m sure that many of you are wondering just how well we did.  Including our 5 etsy sales (I’m shipping art prints to MN, NC, FL and TN!) we raised $2,071.00!  I’ll need to pay the printing bill first, but that’s almost all profit.  Thanks to keeping our costs low we have a huge profit margin.  Main Street Graphics in Durand did a wonderful job on scanning in the kids’ artwork and printing it for us.  They went above and beyond and we are thankful for their willingness to take on this project.

Please spread the word about Gallery of Youth.  There will be more opportunities for kids to submit their artwork and new artwork to be purchased.  Keep in touch through Facebook or this blogsite.  Artwork will remain on sale through the etsy site or email

Thank you to those who attended our event, supported our event, purchased on-line and cheered us on.  We are so grateful to have fans of the kids, the art and the community.


Bidding is open until noon tomorrow.  Those who have already placed their bid may email to increase their bid.

Here are current bids:

Sailboat Batik- $50

Floral Watercolor-$60

Badger Trap Photograph-$60


Driftlesss Block Print-$100

Bear Mask-$50

Painted Tile-$100

Peace Print-$100


Last Night’s Opening Night was a great success!  Remember the event is still going on today, Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-2.  Stop in to see the kid’s art work as well as bid on artwork from our mentor artists.  We have prints and originals for sale as well as a few framed prints, blank greeting cards and mini artwork fridge magnets.

Those who cannot attend, friends and family out of town can purchase artwork online at  You can search art by the child’s first name or by title or subject. To avoid shipping, locals may choose to view artwork on the etsy site and submit orders directly to me by email.  You may pay by cash or check, payable to Gallery of Youth.  We can arrange for orders to be picked up or delivered.

Also, Mavis Kjarland, one of our mentor artists would like to teach art classes for adults.  There is a sign up sheet here if you are interested.  Stop in and sign up and she’ll contact you about possible dates.

If you haven’t stopped in yet here’s a peek at our mentor artist’s donated artwork up for silent auction.  Stop in and bid!  Once you are on the bid sheet you may submit bids by phone or email.  Artwork donated by Mavis Kjarland, Celeste Nelms, Lori Pesic, Gary Egger and Dougie Padilla.




Hey Everybody, we’ve got some great raffles for this weekend!  Come to the fundraiser any day this weekend, April 1-3 and buy your raffle tickets for $2 each.

Prizes are:

$15 Gift Certificate to Paul & Fran’s Grocery (feed the family locally)

$30 Gift Certificate to The Breakwater (chill and jam to live music)

$50 Gift Certificate to Harbor View Cafe (yum!)

Wine Experience for Two at Villa Bellezza (amazing wine)

Two Hour Sailing for Two with Sail Pepin (an unforgettable experience)