Art Exhibits
"Dreamscapes" by Josefien Stoppelenburg
Josefien hanging art
Visit the Thrasher gallery at 510 Mill St. between now and the end of August to see our current exhibit, "Dreamscapes," by Dutch painter and musician, Josefien Stoppelenburg.  

Ms. Stoppelenburg has garnered international praise and attention for her colorful and imaginative paintings.  A keen admirer of Marc Chagall, Paul Gauguin and Odilon Redon, Josefien has been a lifelong student of art and art history. She has presented exhibitions in the Netherlands and the USA.

Stoppelenburg’s work has been used for opera sets, as CD covers, as postcards, in magazines, and her personalized paintings are in many private homes. She has exhibited her work in hospitals, galleries and art fairs.

Stoppelenburg created the artwork for the Green Lake Festival of Music’s 2018 season. She has painted on commission for the Boulder Bach Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Arizona Bach Festival and was the Artist in Residence of the Evanston Art Center.

Josefien’s lectures on Art and Music were featured in the Chicago Artist Month in 2014. She took part in ‘Birds in Jeopardy’ Exhibition in 2015 in the Noyes Cultural Arts Center. In 2016 she designed a cover for British composer Paul Ayres' new CD, Rainbow Colors. While in the Netherlands in 2014, Josefien painted a commission for Stephen Alltop during his lecture on Art and Music in Evanston for the Northwestern University Continuing Education Series, for an audience of 400 who watched the process live over Skype.

Josefien’s work is inspired by nature, dreams and music. Her fascination with painting is deeply connected with her sense of musical expression. 

About the process: "I usually start by putting colors on the canvas, start blending them and from this initial chaos, creatures, figures, plants and stories appear.” Acrylic is a quick drying medium, which forces the artist to be very concentrated in the moment, not unlike performing.  Acrylic paint also provides the opportunity to build a painting with several thin layers of color. This glazing technique, the accumulative building of color, gives her paintings their radiance and deep glow.

A professional vocalist, Josefien has been called "an astonishing singer” by the Chicago Tribune (John von Rhein) and has both won the Chicago Oratorio Award 2013 as the 2nd Prize national in the American Prize Opera Competition 2013. She and her sister Charlotte) form a vocal duo and have performed in most Dutch concert halls, all over Europe, in Venezuela, The Arab Emirates, South Africa, on radio and television and for the Dutch Royal Family.

Josefien will perform in the Thrasher Opera House on Friday, July 20, as part of the Green Lake Festival of Music’s annual Cabaret concert, which is free and open to the public. A post-concert reception will be held in the gallery, where Josefien will be happy to talk with visitors about her paintings. Ms. Stoppelenburg’s exhibit can also be seen during Thrasher office hours (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays) and during concert intermissions. The exhibit is scheduled to run through the end of August.

If you are a visual artist and would like to be considered for an exhibit at the Thrasher gallery, please contact Maria Dietrich at