Karlyn’s Gallery Staff

Karlyn Holman

Karlyn Holman

Gallery Owner

Karlyn Holman is completely immersed in the world of art. She has been the owner of her own studio-gallery, Karlyn’s Gallery, since 1968. Karlyn’s watercolor paintings reflect a special kind of exuberance for her native area of Lake Superior and her travels around the world.

She enjoys a full schedule of painting in her studio as well as teaching workshops locally and abroad. She is a popular workshop instructor known for her enthusiastic, innovative, and fun teaching techniques. A world traveler, she leads adventurous and instructional tours all over the world.

She has illustrated four children’s picture books and has written several books on watercolor techniques: Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor Fun and Free, Searching for the Artist Within, Watercolor Without Boundaries, and her newest book, Watercolor Making Your Mark.

Karlyn has an MA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at the college level for ten years. She makes her home in Washburn, Wisconsin.

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Jonathan Walburg

Jonathan Walburg

Gallery Manager

Jon is from west-central Minnesota. He graduated high school from Alexandria, MN and College from U of M Morris, MN. Jon apprenticed at St. John’s Pottery in Collegeville, MN in 2004-2006. Thereafter, he furthered his studies and adventures by living in Karatsu, Japan for almost four years. He and his wife, Atsuko, have come back to the Mid-West in 2011 to build their lives here. Jonathan and Atsuko have two children; Sunshine and Noah. Stop in and buy his pottery! As our order fulfillment specialist, Jonathan’s goal is to make sure you get everything you order, shipped quickly and that it arrives on time and intact. If you place an order online, over the phone or faxed, he’s the one to package and ship it.

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Bradley Lemire and Kristen Christensen

Bradley Lemire and Kristen Christensen

Frame Shop

Bradley and Kristen are the professionals! Brad has been our frame shop manager since 2007 with extensive wood work and carpentry experience. Kristen came to us in 2007 after gaining a wealth of experience in a frame shop in California with a total of nearly 20 years of frameshop experience. These two have an eye for quality and can find just the right solution to your framing needs. If a frame size is not on the sales floor, they will cut one to size for you and custom make the perfect mat for your order. Stop in or call to set up an appointment, they are always happy to serve you!

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Sandy Isely

Card and Print

Sandy has been a part of Karlyn’s Gallery for 12 years. She was the gallery manager before semi-retiring in 2008. She now helps out around the gallery and puts together the original paintings on cards, using up the stock of Karlyn’s “Old Dogs” (unsuccessful paintings). An artist herself, Sandy uses pastels, watercolor paint, pen with ink and mosaics to capture nature in art.


Kelly Modra

Kelly Modra


Kelly is originally from Southeastern Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Kelly graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. For ten years Kelly lived in Minneapolis, MN where she worked as a retail manager and art teacher for both seniors in assisted living and memory care and children in afterschool programs and summer art camps.

In the winter of 2015 Kelly returned home to WI, this time settling in Bayfield where she is surrounded by working artists and the breathtaking natural beauty of the South Shore. “I am inspired every day and pinch myself that I have been lucky enough to be introduced to amazing, talented, and fun family at Karlyn’s Gallery”.

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Kirsten Scheid

Kirsten Scheid

Hello. I recently graduated from UW-Superior with a BA in Visual Arts with an Emphasis on Art History, a degree that qualifies me to either marry British royalty or to chase down stolen artworks for the FBI. While that second one sounds interesting, I’ve decided instead to work at Karlyn’s Gallery. I’m a second-generation photographer; I try to concentrate on metal and fiber art, but being exposed to beautiful paintings leads me astray pretty regularly. Books are a thing in my house, as is the cat, Katniss (Oh, come on – what choice did we have?), who routinely proves that contrary to scientific thought cats do have a theory of mind. “Human, don’t mess around give me the catnip NOW! And put that striped blanket there, because I look good on stripes and I want to lie down on it.” (I think she needs a nice puppy to play with.)


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