Leenhouts Gallery

The Leenhouts Gallery champions local emerging and established artists, particularly those whose work resonates with our Unitarian Universalist principles. The Gallery strives to build community through the visual arts and provides a space for exhibiting artwork that grapples with issues such as diversity, tolerance, and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Ken Vonderberg

September 10-November 18

The Leenhouts Gallery Committee is pleased to present artist Ken Vonderberg.

An exhibition of his work will be on display in the Common Room from September 10 through November 18, 2017.

Artist Statement:

I work in a realistic, representational style. I want to see what happens when various media are explored and combined in ways that are unconventional and unfamiliar.

“Wood and Stone” pyrography series

The idea of using an elemental force such as heat as a medium, and an elemental material such as raw wood as a ground, appeals to me. The subject matter I choose to portray is the natural world of wild or semi-wild land and waterscapes. I want to call attention to the beauty of nature as motivation for its protection and enjoyment.

“Profiles and Patterns” series

I have also been fascinated with the portrayal of the human face and form since college and portraiture is one aspect of this fascination.

I practiced as an architectural interior designer and taught that discipline at the college level for many years. The study of pattern and textile design was integral to that field.

I juxtaposed patterns of diverse cultures with the faces of human diversity which formed the basis for this series. The use of raw wood panels as a ground grew out of the earlier pyrography series and offered a contrast of visible wood grain texture against the refinement and softness of the human face.

We hope everyone enjoys the work on display.



Please direct any questions regarding the current exhibit or sales of the work to the church office or Alisha Koneazny at alisha.koneazny[at]atosmedical[dot]com or 414-617-7506.