First Friday at the Lake House | September 3rd | Featured artist: Linda Brown and Jan Schmuckal

Recap: We had a great turnout and sold six paintings very quickly. The quality of work was outstanding, and we again thank the artists and patrons who came and enjoyed the evening. We hope to see you October 1st at the next First Friday.

First Friday September 3rd

Please join us for each “First Friday” and help us celebrate the wonderful Local Artists that we Feature here, at The Lake House.

First Friday Flyer

The First Friday of every month this Summer and Fall we host one or more of our featured artists here in the store, so you can meet them and see their exceptional work along with the opportunity to purchase original works of art at special “First Friday” pricing. Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, Friendship & Fine Art! What a great way to start your weekend !

About Linda Brown:

Essentially a self taught artist, Linda has been painting most of her life.   In a style described as “painterly realism”,  she seeks to capture the feeling of a place beyond the obvious details.  Her paintings emphasize the effects of light and atmosphere,  and celebrate all the varied colors and textures found in nature.  Her favorite subjects are the  landscapes of the Western U.S., especially the mountains and deserts of California.

Linda Brown First Friday

11x14 Golden Forest

Linda’s paintings hang in private collections throughout the western U.S., as well as Canada and Great Britain.  Her works have been accepted into many juried exhibitions, such as Arts for the Parks in Jackson WY,  Salon International in San Antonio TX,  Contemporary Masters Artistic Eden in Pasadena CA,  The Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson AZ, and San Dimas National Western Art Exhibition in San Dimas CA.

Linda's website is:

About Jan Schmuckal:

Jan Schmuckal

A native of St. Charles, Illinois, Jan Schmuckal was the kind of kid always doing some sort of art project, thanks to her very indulgent parents! She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986 with a degree in Industrial Design, and spent the following years as a designer in the Point-of-Purchase industry. After many years as a designer, she made a career shift to the fine arts. Jan is primarily a painter, although she does dabble in sculpture, keeps her hand in the design world, and owns an art gallery in Geneva Illinois, called Gallery 28. Her style is a contemporary take on Tonalism, which was a painting style developed in the United States during the time the Impressionists were painting in France. Jan has developed her own technique, using Tonalism as a basis. She primarily focuses on the dramatic play of light and shadow that occurs in nature; scenic vignette landscapes that are familiar to the viewer in a visceral way, which may or may not be an actual place, but are reminiscent of places and times  in our own lives and memories.

What Jan says about her Art… "The changing light of day and the moods it evokes are the foundation of all my oil paintings. Each piece usually starts with a powerful, simple composition, which then evolves into a theme in which strong light and shadow and deep color are within the primary subject. Strength, mood and simplicity are my primary intentions."

Jan has sold paintings all over the US and abroad. Who collects Jan’s work?  Both corporations and people from all walks of life and across the country have bought Jan’s work, from hedge fund managers, Hollywood producers, Senators, Professors, Doctors, Attorneys, Teachers, Designers, Musicians, Secretaries, Professional Artists, to Receptionists, Scientists, Farmers, Engineers, Waitresses, National Park directors, Cruise Line owners, CEO’s, CFO’s and the list goes on....

She is the co-owner of Gallery 28 Fine & Functional Art in Geneva at 28 N 4th St. & on the web at

Jan's Facebook Page

Artist: Jan Schmuckal