Former Manistee resident to open art gallery in Sebewaing


Sebewaing will start the new year with a new art gallery. Artist Joyce “Paco” Theisen opened the gallery downtown on January 1.

Paco first became interested in painting as a method of relaxation when she was a young mother. Since then, his hobby has become his passion. Now, she seeks to share her art and her passion with Sebewaing.

Her paintings began to take up so much space in her home that she didn’t know what to do with them. With the addition of her “Savior Series,” paintings that each represent a moment in the life of Jesus Christ, she and her husband Victor decided something needed to be done with them.

“It got to the point in early September that we really needed a place to do it,” she said. “We were talking about trying to line up rental rooms or do whatever it takes to do it on a weekend. We did a little shopping and found that being at home is the best thing to do. Partly because of our age, and partly because we wanted to do something for Sebewaing. “

The gallery will not only present pieces by Paco and Victor, but will also be a place of learning.

Paco has a past experience teaching art to adults and children and she will continue to teach with the gallery as a classroom. She will offer weekly lessons as well as private lessons, for those who are not comfortable in a classroom environment. She will primarily teach the basics of design, helping her students understand the fundamentals that an artist uses. For example, she will teach a lesson about lines, how length, width, and angle can convey different things.

Paco and Victor moved from Manistee to Sebewaing eight years ago and have been attached to the city ever since. She thinks the gallery will be a great addition to the village.

“I think it’s a neat and positive thing to have in a community,” she said. “I’m not just doing it for myself, I’m doing it for this little town I live in.”

While the gallery will be open on the first of the year, there will be an official opening ceremony on January 8, in which Paco’s youngest daughter will play the guitar.

“I have a low-browed gallery,” Paco laughed. “I don’t serve wine and cheese, I serve punch and cookies.”


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