Sorgel Fine Arts Gallery Open in Three Lakes

Submitted by Collette and David Sorgel

Collette and David Sorgel recently were excited to bring their passion for art to the area and share it with others by opening the art gallery.

Collette Sorgel, who has been President of Three Lakes Center for the Arts for the last few years, understands the retail art trends and that many people are looking for gifts and/or smaller items and something priced reasonably to remember the Northwoods and the landscapes, bird, butterflies and animals. The gallery focuses on unique pieces while maintaining reasonable prices so that everyone may enjoy art.

Besides the original watercolors and Photography Collette Sorgel has added a variety of items created from the original artwork as metal prints, ornaments, canvas prints and unique pieces to the gallery so that locals and visitors have the opportunity to find a unique ornament or creation for their home or cabin.

Located in the Skip Wagner Building at 1773 Superior Street, the business highlights artistic pieces from brothers, David Sorgel, Ric Sorgel; and Cathy Carlson-Barchus. “It was the perfect location,” says Collette Sorgel. “Located in the Skip Wagner building, a Northwoods treasure and legendary musician and entertainer, and artist himself, we were excited for this spot to be the home of our gallery.”



Sorgel fine arts features three artists. Artist David Sorgel has dedicated his life to his paintings and photography, highlighting the iconic essence of the Midwest, particularly Wisconsin landscapes in his works. Utilizing transparent watercolors as his main medium, Sorgel brings in subtleties of light, shadow, and shading of prairies, lakes, and woods.

Sorgel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. In addition to his painting career, he has worked in graphic design and art direction. He lives with his wife, Collette, in Three Lakes.

Ric Sorgel’s photography, is also featured at the gallery. As an award-winning artist, Sorgel has won more than 200 national and international awards for his work as an artist and producer. For 18 years, Sorgel had worked with companies where he created multi-media presentations for Fortune 500 companies. He continues to use his camera and his experience in digital media, to create unique pieces and designs in his artistic endeavors by capturing moments and telling stories in his images.

Cathy Carlson-Barchus’s photography may be viewed at the Sorgel Fine Arts Gallery. Barchus uses her photography to offer observers a different view of the world, hoping it inspires others to slow down and notice the beauty all around with her art. Her distinctive technique reveals moments that reconnect to nature, to others and hopefully, inspire viewers to see something larger. Barchus currently combines her art with a good cause, Social Good Goods: Home goods with a heart (SGG). Founded with the premise, like a forest’s interwoven root system, we all are connected. SGG makes all of its products in the U.S. and gives 2% of its sales to organizations focused on feeding people.

Sorgel Fine Arts Gallery is open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and other times by appointment or by chance. For more information, check out the website or contact Collette at (715) 477-0001 or