Illinois artist working on mural at Kenosha lighthouse for Fourth of July

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 19:41:10-04

An artist from Illinois is North of the border this week in Kenosha kicking off a new program at one of Kenosha’s most iconic landmarks.

This summer various artists will be showcasing their talents at Kenosha’s lighthouse. Abstract painter Annie Hermes is very grateful to get things started there.

"It feels terrific; there is no dreamier place to be I think than right here on the pier to do your art," Hermes said.

Taking in the experience Hermes has been working very hard over the last three days.

"I hope to do a really long mural," she said.

Just in time for a holiday celebration on July 4, she will unveil a lovely mural decorating the walls. It’’s a way for the lighthouse to give back to the community.

"Kenosha has always had such a soft spot in my heart,” Hermes said.

Although there's been progress, rain and wind has been a huge obstacle for Hermes.

"I thought I anticipated it, I knew it would be windy and I thought that I had planned for that but then I got out here and two days ago wind gusts were over 30 miles per hour," she said.

But she's optimistic that it will all be complete by next Tuesday. She's painting section by section.

Some funding is needed to help complete the project. If you would like to donate, you can contact her at

The artist in residence program is free, and artists aren't getting paid. This summer five artists will be showcasing their work at the bright red lighthouse.