SVA is a growing and active network of visual artists and supporters that enriches the community through the visual arts.
The Sheboygan Visual Artists was founded on July 23, 2007 by Frank Juarez. Its first gathering took place on this day with four artists; Dale Knaak, Stuart Howland, Mary Kuehl, Frank Juarez and one art patron, Dr. Jack Westfall. Since its inauguration its membership has grown from a few members to over 125 artists and patrons today working in all types of media. The purpose of SVA is to provide local and regional artists with a platform to support, empower, and promote them and their work.
SVA -- Sheboygan Visual Artists -- is a growing and active network of nearly 100 amateur and professional artists and patrons from Sheboygan WI and it’s suburbs (Milwaukee through Fond Du Lac to Green Bay).
We seek to enrich the community through the visual arts – including watercolor and oil painting, sketching and drawing, photography and video, ceramics and glass, wood, fiber art and sculpture.
Today, SVA probably is best known for Final Fridays, the combination art show / concert / happy hour / networking gatherings that draws hundreds of artists, friends, and visitors on the last Friday evening of every month (except December and August). Each Final Friday has a different theme, always to challenge member artists and often to spotlight a local organization. Celebrated guests have included Katrina Relief volunteers, Haiti mission groups, the Yacht Club, mental health providers, Sheboygan Performing Artists (SPA), the North High Singers, Mead Poets, Three Sheeps beer, and even Bemis toilet seats.
All of SVA’s events are opportunities for the public to view and own original artwork, but two offer exceptional bargains. In late November, the Holiday Sale offers hundreds of items all priced with gift-giving in mind. In late July, the Small Works Project awards 300 8"x10" artworks, created by SVA members and other artists who graciously donate their work so that folks can buy for only $20 and SVA can fund its annual operations.
All these events happen at EBCO ArtWorks, 12th & Erie, in Sheboygan. For three weekends following each event (except Small Works), the gallery is open to the public between 11 am and 3 pm. Also at EBCO, serious drawers and painters gather on Monday evenings to hone their skills by figure drawing.
SVA artists are active in the wider community as well. Presently, the Kaleidoscope program conducts art workshops for children and moms at temporary shelters like Bridgeway, Safe Harbor and Salvation Army.
SVA is a completely volunteer organization. Members and friends invest literally thousands of hours each year to do what we love – make art and build community.