Plymouth native Kraus’ painting donated to Lakeland College

Lakeland College recently honored two friends of the college with the unveiling of a new painting in one of its residence halls.

Former Sheboygan artist Harold Kraus, a Plymouth native, painted and dedicated “Really Big Lilly” to the late Jackie Gore, the late wife of longtime Sheboygan orthopedic surgeon

Donald Gore, who was with Sheboygan Orthopedic Associates. The Gores have been donors and friends of Lakeland.

The painting was received during a dedication reception (above) on Sept. 24 at Lakeland. It will be displayed in the commons area of Brotz Hall.

Kraus (below, left, with Donald Gore) met Jackie Gore at his flower shop in Sheboygan, and he donated the painting as a tribute to her contribution to his start in the fine arts. Kraus said Jackie’s trust and confidence in his taste and talent during one of her many home projects fueled his ambition to pursue his successful painting career.


Submitted photos Submitted photos “I am really pleased to be able to do this for Lakeland College, my hometown college, and my friend, Jackie and the Gore family,” Kraus said. A winner of several awards, Kraus’ works have been part of exhibitions at the Carl Van Vechten gallery at Fisk University and the Parthenon in Nashville and numerous one-man shows in multiple galleries for nearly three decades.

Among the many notable Kraus collectors are President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush; former Vice President Al Gore; the estate of Julia Child; Ralph Emery; J.D. Powers & Associates; Adam’s Mark Hotel; Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music; Coca-Cola; Loews Hotels; Endata; Dallas Children’s Hospital; and numerous others.

Kraus now resides in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Nancy. Galleries currently representing Kraus are Southwest Gallery in Dallas, McLarry Modern in Sante Fe and Lagerquist in Atlanta.


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