The Shell Lake Arts Center is governed by a 15-member board, selected to serve two, three-year consecutive terms. The board members are selected for their accomplishments in the arts, education, business, and/or public service and represent rural and urban areas from the region. The board and Executive Director work together to create an environment where adult and school age students have meaningful connections, find their voices, create art, make friends, grow and reach their full potential.

executive committee

President
Jeffrey Southern
Rice Lake, WI

Immediate Past President
William Taubman
Shell Lake, WI

Vice President
Sheila Aderman Squires
Shell Lake, WI

Secretary
Megan Conners
Shell Lake, WI

Treasurer
Lynnea Lake
Spooner, WI

board members

Elaine Bullens
Trego, WI

Laurie Bakkum
Shell Lake, WI

Katie Guyer
Minneapolis, MN

Pete Hopke
Shell Lake, WI

Steve Zenz
Milwaukee, WI

Greg Keel
Woodbury, MN

Harvey Halpaus
Ellsworth, WI

executive committee

President
Jeffrey Southern
Rice Lake, WI

Immediate Past President
William Taubman
Shell Lake, WI

Vice President
Sheila Aderman Squires
Shell Lake, WI

Secretary
Megan Conners
Shell Lake, WI

Treasurer
Lynnea Lake
Spooner, WI

board members

Elaine Bullens
Trego, WI

Laurie Bakkum
Shell Lake, WI

Katie Guyer
Minneapolis, MN

Pete Hopke
Shell Lake, WI

Steve Zenz
Milwaukee, WI

Greg Keel
Woodbury, MN

Harvey Halpaus
Ellsworth, WI

a message from the executive director

master teachers ... magic setting

This could not be more true of the Shell Lake Arts Center.  The rich history of musical and artistic excellence began with the creation of the Indianhead Arts Center under the leadership of Darrell Aderman and the University Of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Their efforts have made this camp a destination for the study of  music and the arts in the Wisconsin Northwoods.

The names of our master teachers of the past and present are emblazoned in the hearts and minds of our campers.  Through their efforts our students become life-long, literate performers and creators of the arts--in all of their varied forms.

Our magic setting is feet from the banks of the beautiful Shell Lake with trees, smells of the outdoors, pinecones, deer, swimming, Northern Lights, and even Northwoods critters that wander through during the daily life of our community.  Our artists come ready to learn and in this environment which may be different than that of their own personal artistic experiences and homes, they create, perform, respond and integrate their past practices into new paradigms of learning and growth.

It is here that we do our best work.  Every student that enters through our doors matters and we strive for them to recognize and attain maximum growth, potential, and passion, as artists, students and citizens of the global community.

Give our master teachers a try--in this magic setting-- and we promise you one of the best experiences of your life.  At the Shell Lake Arts Center we don’t study the Arts, we do the Arts.  Are you ready to join us?

 

Patrick S Barnett
Executive Director

executive director

unnamed

Patrick Barnett

Patrick S. Barnett is Executive Director at the Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. He is the Former Fine Arts Department Chair at Maine Township High School West in Des Plaines. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Northern Illinois University and the Masters Of Music Education degree from DePaul University. In 2007, he completed a Masters in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his appointment at Maine West, he was the choir director at Maine East High School for 19 years where he also directed the Variety Show. Prior to Maine, he taught junior high general music in Round Lake and Villa Park. An active participant, he has worked and performed in a variety of situations including a rock and roll band, community bands, and various churches and community organizations and local Veterans Day tributes. He is the past director of the Park Ridge Chorale and the 1998 and 2000 Illinois Ambassadors of Music Choir which toured across Europe. He has served on the board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as Director of Youth and Student activities and as Chair for the Chicagoland region. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 7 Chorus, the National and Illinois State Chair for the TRI-M Music Honor Society, and District 7 President of the ILMEA.  An active clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Barnett is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the American Choral Directors Association, and the American Guild of Organists. Pat, his wife Lisa, and their daughter Sophia have been enjoying their family cabin on the beautiful shores of Big McKenzie Lake in Spooner for many years, which is where they are currently building their new home.

administrative staff

Picture1

Keegan West
Program Director

Keegan is a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point where he majored in Media Studies and Public Relations. He currently lives in Minneapolis MN where he works for Tinderbox Music Promotion. Born and raised in the hills of the Driftless region, Keegan grew a love for the arts through the Shell Lake Arts Center. He is a proud Rock Band Camp alumni with rockstar enthusiasm for camp. In his free time, he loves mountain biking, cross country skiing, and attending concerts.

Screen Shot 2021-12-15 at 11.26.53 AM

Karen Nelson
Office Assistant

As you come into the Arts Center office, you’ll see our front of house, Karen answer all sorts of questions about camp. Karen grew up in Rochester MN, and moved to Trego in 2016. Karen has worked numerous office jobs throughout her life, but she has a special love for the Arts Center. In her free time, you’ll find Karen fishing the beautiful Lake Namak, and watching crime shows.

Screen Shot 2021-12-15 at 11.28.04 AM

Eric Moline
Facility Manager

Our facilities manager Eric works year round for the historic arts center doing maintenance and upkeep. Born and raised in Birchwood, Eric has traveled the world serving the United States Navy. He spent his early life working on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier and on a power plant in Nevada. He then settled back home to northern WI where he lives with his wife Carly and daughter, Rory. He started at SLAC in 2016 as our facilities manager. Eric loves seeing the smiles on all our campers faces as they perform. Also a huge music fan, Heavy Metal is Eric’s genre of choice.

Screen Shot 2021-12-15 at 11.29.10 AM

Jenny Arnes
Bookkeeper

To keep up our nonprofit, we need the best behind the books. Jenny oversees our efforts to maintain 501-C-3 status. Jenny lives in Barronett WI where she serves the Shell Lake School District as a 4K aide, and is the Town of Barronett Clerk. She joined the Arts Center board in May 2017. “ I really enjoy analyzing financial statements which may seem weird to some, but not me!” Outside of work, Jenny is a passionate horseback rider. She gives lessons, boards horses, and is active in the 4H Club.

Thank you to 2021 Seasonal Counselors, administrative Support & Food Service Staff

Jack Knowlton
Faculty Assistant

Keegan West
Faculty Assistant

Hannah Friesner
Camp Coordinator

Tate Russell
Counselor

Tucker Hall
Counselor

Olivia Marron
Counselor

Kathryn Mohrhauser
Counselor

give your support

The Shell Lake Arts Center appreciates your support. Whether a monetary donation or an investment of your time, we’re made better because of the support of our community.