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July 5 - August 11


Paintings by Joel Sheesley

Shirley Heinze Artist-In-Residence

Friday, July 5, 2024 – Sunday, August 11, 2024

Opening Reception:

Friday, July 12, 2024 | 5PM – 7PM

Joel Sheesley Artist Lecture

July 12, 4-5PM

“Learning the Land: Stewarding Beauty”
In this illustrated talk Joel Sheesley will speak about what he learned as he painted complex landscapes in Porter and LaPorte Counties. He will discuss his painting methods, his conceptual understanding of landscape painting, and the sense of meaning he finds in landscape painting.

Joel Sheesley and Shirley Heinze Land Trust Naturalist

August 10 | Meadowbrook

The Exhibit

The Beverly Shores Depot Museum and Art Gallery and The Shirley Heinze Land Trust are pleased to bring plein air artist Joel Sheesley to our community as the first Shirley Heinze Land Trust Artist-in-Residence.

Sheesley is a plein air artist extraordinaire. Over two years and in all four seasons, he visited Shirley Heinze nature preserves and Beverly Shores properties and created a collection of 15 paintings. The exhibit is a visually stunning reflection of the wide array of landscapes preserved by SHLT and the Beverly Shores community.

Sheesley is a contemplative painter. As he says, “We all have sensations; the painter’s task is to realize them, to render sensations as paint. On the painter falls the responsibility for handling the paint well.” Sheesley’s sensitive paintings transport the viewer to the place depicted. One can smell the brook, feel the cold fresh air of a winter day, and relish the peace that being in nature gives.

About the Artist

Joel C. Sheesley | MFA, University of Denver, School of Art | BFA, Syracuse University, School of Art | Emeritus Professor of Art, Wheaton College

Joel Sheesley, Emeritus Professor of Art at Wheaton College, is a painter whose current work focuses on the landscape. Sheesley has been a recipient of an Illinois Artist’s Fellowship, has exhibited his work in Chicago galleries, and had a solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. His work has also been widely exhibited in university galleries. He lives with his wife, Joan, in Wheaton, IL.

View Suzy Vance’s interview with Joel Sheesley here.

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve Ravine, 20×30, oil on canvas, 2023

Morning at J. Timothy Nature Preserve , 15×20, oil on canvas, 2023

Central Beach Dune, 16×20, oil on canvas, 2023

The Great Marsh, January Afternoon, 12”x24”, oil on canvas, 2023

Presented By

This project supported by the Porter County Community Foundation

Porter County Community Foundation


July 5
August 11
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