Our Place is Yore Place in Egg Harbor.......for DC History
Artist in residence.....Gaylord (Gay) Herbst
but, just call me Giz and don't ask why!
PaPa Giz is a 1962 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He received his BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Industrial Arts Education in 1966 and his MS Degree from Stout in 1967 in Guidance and Counseling. In 2000, PaPa Giz retired after 33 years as a graphics teacher, athletic director and coach from the school district in Seymour, Wisconsin. PaPa Giz and Momette Linda, so named by granddaughter Emma, purchased 7892 Hwy 42, in Egg Harbor in 1985 and opened YORE PLACE in EGG HARBOR in 1986 at that location. PaPa and Momette have been at YORE PLACE for a long time and plan on remaining for many more years. PaPa paints while Momette bakes the best cherry pies, ask her family and friends.
As PaPa Giz, the painter, many times I've been asked what kind of painting I do. My answer, “not house painting for sure, but watercolors.” “Well, what kind of watercolors?” I never really did have an answer other than things like lighthouses, historic buildings, farms, maritime subjects...lately I've been doing some commissioned works, especially farm homesteads, churches, businesses...you know those kinds of things. A book cover layout commission was completed in 2011.
Finally, in the summer of 2010 the answer came to me through two separate sources. While displaying some of my works at the Jacksonport Cherry Fest Arts and Crafts Show, a stately lady, I won't say older or elderly, but instead a stately 'mature' lady, was looking over my paintings. She stopped to talk and asked, “you grew up in the '50s, didn't you?” I answered, “yes, why do you ask?” “Because your paintings are so 'soft'.
So, now when people ask what kind of paintings I do, I have half the answer. I do, “soft paintings”.
And then my ol'friend Monty, while we were out and about the county on a photo shoot said, “Giz, you've been at this for a while now, we've got to pigeon hole your art work, I'll work on it.” Several days later came the e-mail, “Giz, you're an Architectural Folk Artist.” “OK, Monty, I'm an Architectural Folk Artist.”
So finally, now when people ask what kind of painting I do. It's, “ I do soft architectural folk art.”
So, What's New?
PaPa Giz's interest in Egg Harbor and Door County History has led to a position on the board of directors for the Egg Harbor Historical Society (www.eggharborwi.com). Much of his art work has a historic flavor with each painting also including a brief narration.
For 2012, PaPa Giz developed a couple of series involving Door County scenes in 'action'. A series at Cana Island Lighthouse put people at work and play during the seasonal changes involving winter play in the snow, spring 'training', summer fish'en, and fall harvest. A second series takes us to the memories of the annual Door County Fair. Select 'Watercolor Paintings...Most Recent' in the navigator to view the new series.
PaPa Giz at his Seymour Museum Art Exhibition opening
YORE PLACE in Egg Harbor is the sole source in Wisconsin for Fred's wood fired pottery. For more information on Fred, check Fred Herbst Pottery in the Navigator...and go to his website link. Please visit Fred's personal website for more. (just click on the 'visit Fred's personal website')