See below a listing of the Visual Resident Partner Artists at The Dole. Contact them directly for commissioned work, classes, or to schedule a time to meet them, view their work or tour their studio. If you are interested in having your own artist’s studio at The Dole, contact Jody Fields, Business & Accounting Manager at or call 815.455.8000 ext 102



Inspired by vivid colors and the story that a photo tells you. A picture is a memory and yet memories fade they are relieved when we look back at the wonderful things life has given us and taken away. STUDIO: C



Art classes for ages 4 to adult. Draw, paint, sculpt, sew, and make digital art! Make our studio your creative space, and enjoy art classes, workshops, paint parties, summer camps and more. STUDIO NUMBER: Highland House

Truly Sublime Photography - Jillian Plaminek

Genre: Visual

Capturing Moments Worth Remembering | Truly Sublime Photography’s mission is to create lasting memories with passion and enthusiasm, in a way that has never been captured and is also determined to handle each and every guest in a family like manner. STUDIO NUMBER: E

Janet Kay | Lead Photographer | Nancy Merkling Productions

Genre: Visual

Janet Kay is Lead Photographer for Nancy Merkling Productions.  NMP is based out of McHenry County covering the Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin.  Janet Kay specializes in custom portraiture, commercial, and events. Portraits include families, high school seniors, dancers, and musicians. Events include weddings, fundraisers, and special occasions. Commercial photography includes stylized head shots, and photography for marketing, websites, and branding for businesses. STUDIO: G

Custom Gravity - Justin Wagner

Genre: Visual

“I am a unique and creative illustrator with a style that is truly my own,  specializing in character Illustrations with styles like pointillism and photorealism. I love to warp reality and make what I call art hybrids which could be an acrylic painting with Illustrations aspects. My favorite materials are ink, acrylic, and Prismacolor pencils.

I do business as Custom Gravity, where I take on commissioned work for a variety of projects like graphics for clothing to character and scenic Illustrations for comics and graphic novels, logo design and much more. For more information on hiring me or purchasing my work. Studio: 309

Illustrator and designer