Ginnie Cappaert

Ginnie Cappaert

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"Top 25 Finalist for "Most Creative Studio", Professional Artist Magazine

Ginnie Cappaert • Profile


Ginnie Cappaert

Peace. Serenity. Joy.  Is what Ginnie would like to accomplish in her painting.

Cappaert applies thin layers of oil paint and mixed media to wood board, adding texture and dissolving areas in the process.  She scrapes and gouges, creating subtle, quiet variations in the surface. Concentrating on color, texture, line and shape, Cappaert rebuilds the surfaces as the painting develops. 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.  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.

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 Cappaert • Statement

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

It is the landscape imagery and its deep space that I explore in my work by building up 30-40 layers of oil paints and mixed mediums.  I apply very thin layers of 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 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.

Ginnie Cappaert • Biography


“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids,

"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“URBAN/RURAL Michigan Outlook”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

Solo exhibition, Ziyad Gallery, Calumet, MI

Midwest National Abstract Exhibition, Greenwood, IN

Hardy Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Ephraim, WI

“Landscape 2012”, Richeson Art Gallery, Kimberly, WI

“Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs from Nature”, Priebe Gallery, Oshkosh, WI

Northwest Michigan Regional, Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI

ISEA-Annual Juried Show, Shelton, WA

24th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI

“Wisconsin-Through the Seasons”, solo exhibition, Wild Apple Gallery, Menasha, WI

“Lost & Found”, Center For Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

Juried Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI

"New Works", UW-Marinette Gallery, Marinette, WI

National Open Small Works, NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

6x6 Gallery, New York City, NY

“Messages”, Marquette Cultural Arts Center, MI

Oasis Contemporary Gallery, Marquette, MI


Juried Exhibition, Neville Museum, Green Bay, WI

ISAP Online International Juried Exhibition

National Watercolor Society All Member Show, San Pedro, CA

"Mixed Message" solo exhibition, Oasis Contemporary Gallery, Marquette, MI

"Re-collections", Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI

“Small Things”, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI

Annual International Society Acrylic Painters Show, Santa Cruz, CA

American Women Artists Juried Show, Scottsdale, AZ

Juried Exhibition, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI


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

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

Finalist, "Artist's Magazine" Competition

Donor Award, Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, WI

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

Merit Award, Edina Art Fair, Edina, MN

Merit Award, Wausau Fine Arts Festival

Northern Exposures Juried Show, Bonifas Art Center


Juror, Student Show, UW-Marinette College, Marinette, WI

Workshop Instructor, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

Community Mural Project, MI Arts Grant, Carney, MI

Selected artist Michigan Arts Grant "Artist in Classroom"

Instructor, Bay Pines Detention Facility

Instructor, Delta County Schools, Escanaba, MI

Teacher, artist studio


Aspirus Hospital, Wausau, WI

Bay Area Medical Center, WI

Great Lakes Pulp & Fiber, Menominee, MI

Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Milwaukee, WI

Spies Public Library, Menominee, MI


"Top 25 Finalist for "Most Creative Studio", Professional Artist Magazine

"Journeys to Abstraction" by Sue St. John, North Light Books

Cover, “River Cities Chamber” Magazine

Cover, "Michigan Farm Journal" Magazine