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Art on the Lake, April 6

Art on the Lake: April is for Ceramics! For our First Saturday reception and the month of April, Gallery 55 celebrates ceramic artists Alan Giltzow and Kevin Flynn and Amber Day with Flynn Day Pottery. Alan is a McCall artist who specializes in wall ceramics with a unique sense of humor.  Boise potters Keven and Amber became Flynn Day Pottery in 2011. You can find them at the Capital City Public Market in Boise from April to December. Stop by the gallery on April 7 to celebrate everything clay and everything art. Wine by Bistro 45 and music by Mike Rutledge.


He’s Such a Nice Kitty by Alan Giltzow


Ceramic by Flynn Day Pottery

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Art on the Lake: Did you know that Gallery 55 has a reception every First Saturday? And March weather is a great reason to get out there and party. Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on Saturday, March 3, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artist is Thea Belecz.

Milling in the Past by Thea Belecz

Thea combines photographic and traditional fiber and bookbinding techniques into contemporary textile masterpieces. Her work intuitively captures the mood of nature, weather and their effects on people.

She comes by this naturally, as she grew up in the woods, fields and shoreline of Lake Michigan and then graduated from the Forestry School at Michigan State. Graduation landed her a job in Idaho where she was initially overwhelmed by the area’s vast unpopulated spaces. But today she has grown accustomed to and revels in Idaho landscapes. You will appreciate that sentiment when you see her work.

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Ceramic Monster by Benita Giltzow and Etta Mayfield

Art on the Lake: There is so much going on: Winter Carnival, Valentine’s Day, workshops and art at Gallery 55! For a special treat, drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street, on Saturday, February 3, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artists are ceramicists Benita Giltzow and Etta Mayfield, and the guest artist is photographer Melissa Shelby.


Photo by Melissa Shelby

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Self Portrait in Color by Laurel Lake McGuire


Art on the Lake: Shopping for art and meeting local artists. What could be more fun in the new year? Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on Saturday, January 6, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and music by Mike Rutledge. Our featured artist is watercolorist Laurel Lake McGuire.

About our featured artist:

Boise artist Laurel Lake McGuire has lived many places in the United States, frequently packing up her paints and brushes to follow her Marine husband to his next duty station. Although frequent moves played havoc at times with the continuity of her career in art, they also brought new subjects, new color choices and the support and fellowship of artists all over the U.S.

Now settled in Boise, she is intent on continuing her development as an artist and expand her impact in the art world. Watercolor is her primary medium and flowers are the subject closest to her heart. Recently she was honored to have two floral paintings selected for the Women Artist of the West’s annual exhibition, with one of her paintings awarded Best of Show. Another of her paintings in that show was featured in an article in Southwest Art magazine.

The paintings Laurel has selected for Gallery Fifty-Five’s January Featured Artist show gives us a welcome dose of brightness and color in the midst of winter, drawing on florals,  garden scenes and summer landscapes to cheer us up.

For more information about Laurel, see, or follow her on Facebook.

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Photo provided by Stephen Douglas

What a happy gang of Gallery 55 members at our reception on December 9, selling art for $49 and having a good time, too!

Left to right:
Top row: Theresa Burkes, Stephen Douglas
Middle row: Alan Giltzow, Thea Belecz, Benita Giltzow, Genie Sue Weppner, Connie McClaran
Front row: Mary Butler, Etta Mayfield

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Art by Genie Sue Weppner


Announcing our 2017 Art for $49 Party!
December 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake Street, McCall

This happens only once a year. Gallery Fifty-Five Artists are making art for the holidays and selling it for $49 each for one night only. We will unveil the art at 6 p.m. and start the sale! Refreshments and wine will be served. Music by Mike Rutledge.


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Lynn Fraley

Katharina Roth







December Reception: Want to shop for unique and beautiful gifts and enjoy a fun event at the same time? Drop by the gallery, at 311 E. Lake Street on December 2, from 4-8:00 p.m. We’ll have Christmas tree decorations, many fine gifts of art, wine by Bistro 45, appetizers, and piano music by Mike Rutledge. We have two fabulous guest artists this month, equestrian sculptor Lynn Fraley and ceramic artist Katharina Roth.

More about our Guest Artists:

Lynn Fraley

Boise artist Lynn Fraley’s equine sculptures exude vivid personalities.  Her deep respect for anatomy and biomechanics is evident in each piece.  In recent years she has consistently garnered top honors at the annual American Academy of Equine Art Fall Juried Exhibit; the Sam Savitt Award for best depiction of the Horse in Movement in 2017the Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for sculpture in 2016 and the Leonard J Meiselman medal for sculpture in 2011. Limited editions are available in bronze, resin or ceramic.  For more information, see or email her at

Katharina Roth

Katharina Roth was born and raised in Switzerland, where she studied art history at the university of Basel. In 1992, she moved to the United States. In the U.S. she learned jewelry making and metal smithing and worked for several years in that field before receiving a BFA from Northern Arizona University with a focus on ceramics, sculpture and printmaking. Then, in the fall of 2016, she spent six weeks in a residency program in Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capitol for over 2000 years, learning techniques unique to Chinese ceramics. This experience changed the way she worked, moving her from using white unglazed porcelain to applying many layers of slips, oxides, glazes, decals, and luster. Katharina enjoys working out of her studios in Sedona, Arizona, and McCall.

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