Ginnie Cappaert is a full time visual artist with a summer studio in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and a winter studio in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Her surroundings of nature and her travels inspire and influence her oil/mixed media paintings on paper or wood panel.

Ginnie has taken many workshops by various artists, but it is her intense studying of art history and just ‘experimenting’ that have broadened her personal techniques to art making.  She works in cold wax, oil and mixed media layering, adding and removing, many layers to each piece. It is this in-depth process that let’s subtle markings and layers emerge into the finished painting which is an abstracted minimalist version of a landscape.  A few of her influences include Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Agnes Martin and many others.

Peace, Serenity and Joy are what she likes to accomplish in her paintings.


Art is made from the soul. I feel that a day is not complete without something ‘artfully’ done!

It is in the landscape imagery and its deep space that I explore in my work by building up 30-40 layers of cold wax, oil paints and mixed mediums.  I apply very thin layers of beeswax and oil paint to the wood board adding texture, scraping the paint, dissolving areas and then rebuilding them as I construct the painting.  The removing process is as important as the layering.  This ‘surface tension’ eventually is transformed into a peaceful, subtle mix of texture and natural colors.  I strive to accomplish a feeling of serenity not only as I paint, but for the viewer as well.

My local surroundings as well as distant trips continue to inspire my artwork.  You may see an influence of my travels to Italy, France Portugal, Spain, New Zealand and Ireland as well as my inspiring trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico and of course my local surroundings in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Skies, vast lands, colors and the light also inspire me and I am thankful for the beauty around me and the ability to transform it into my art.


December, 2016 – Juried Art Annual, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

March, 2016 – Wax Works, Group Show, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

September, 2014 –  “Urban/Rural”, Group Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

March, 2014 – “Polar Vortex – group show”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

August, 2016, 2013 – Featured Artist, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Door County, WI

May, 2013 – “Reveal/Conceal” 3 person show – LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

October, 2012 – Solo Show, Ziyad Gallery, Calumet, MI

October, 2012, 2013 – Midwest National Abstract Exhibition, Greenwood, IN

June, 2012 – Hardy Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Ephraim, WI

April, 2012 -”Landscape 2012”, Richeson Art Gallery, Kimberly, WI

April, 2012 – “Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature” A. Priebe Gallery, Oshkosh, WI

February, 2012 – “Northwest Michigan Regional”, Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI

November, 2011 – Collections – Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee, WI

July, 2011 – “24th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI

May, 2012, 2011 – “ISEA-Annual Juried Show”, Shelton, WA

May, 2011 – “Wisconsin-Through the Seasons”, Solo Show, Wild Apple Gallery, Menasha, WI

April, 2011 – “Lost & Found”, 3 person show, Center For Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

September, 2013,2012,2011,2010 – “Art Annual” Juried Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center

September, 2010, 2009 – “Art Annual Juried Exhibition, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI

March, 2010 – Solo Show, “New Works”, UW-Marinette Gallery, Marinette, WI

February, 2010 – “National Open Small Works” Group Show, N.A.W.A. Gallery, New York, NY

February, 2010 – Group Show, 6×6 Gallery, New York City, NY

February, 2010 – “Messages” Group Show, Marquette Cultural Arts Center, MI

January, 2010, 2009 -“Group Show”, Oasis Contemporary Gallery, Marquette, MI

December, 2009, 2007 – “Small Things” Group Show, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI

November, 2009 – 2nd ISAP Online International Juried Show

June, 2009, 2008, 2007 – Annual International Society Acrylic Painters International Show,

Santa Cruz, CA (achieved signature status)

May, 2009 – National Watercolor Society All Member Show, San Pedro, CA

August, 2008 – “Re-collections” Two Person Show, Gallery Fifty, Traverse City,       MI

November, 2007 – American Women Artists Juried Show, Scottsdale, AZ

June, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013 – U.P. Artists Juried Show, Devos Art Museum,

Marquette, MI

January, 2007, 2013 Collections – Spies Public Library, Menominee, MI

September, 2004 Collections – Great Lakes Pulp & Fiber, Menominee, MI

2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Collections – Aspirus Hospital, Wausau, WI

2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 Collections – Bay Area Medical Center, Wisconsin


July, 2016 Publication “Cold Wax Book” by John McLaughlin and Rebecca Crowell

September, 2015 Juror’s Award, Annual Juried Show, Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI

January, 2014 Honors Award, Midwest Seasons, Juried Show, CVA, Wausau, WI

January, 2014 “Show us your Studio-Most Creative” competition, Professional Artist Mgz

October, 2013, 2nd Place, Midwest National Abstract Art Exhibition, Greenwood, IN

September, 2013, Finalist, Professional Artist Magazine Contest Finalist

November, 2012 Best of Show, Northern Exposures, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

April, 2012 Publication “Journeys to Abstraction” by Sue St. John, North Light Books (Pub)

September, 2011, 3rd Place Award, Crooked Tree Art Center Juried Show, Petoskey, MI

July, 2011; December, 2010, Finalist “Artist’s Magazine

July, 2010, Award, “Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI

June, 2010, Best of Show, Art for All Festival, Menominee, MI

June, 2009 Merit Award, Edina Art Fair, Edina, MN

November, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005 Award, North Exp Juried Show, Bonifas Art Center

September, 2007, 2008, 2009 Merit Awards, Wausau Fine Arts Festival

May, 2004 Publication, cover of River Cities Chamber Magazine

December, 2003 Publication, cover of “Michigan Farm Journal” Magazine


2007, 2008, 2009 Juror – Student Show, UW-Marinette College, Marinette, WI

2005, 2007, 2008, 2013 Workshop Instructor, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Selected artist Michigan Arts Grant “Artist in Classroom”

2004 Teach/oversee Community Mural Project, MI Arts Grant, Carney, MI

2000 Teach, Bay Pines Detention Facility, and Delta County Schools, Escanaba, MI

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013 Teach, Artists studio

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