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Riverside Studio is on the move, adds new artist

David Burnley, left, welcomes Hudson artist Damon Holter to The Riverside Studio Gallery's new location at 406 Second St. Holter will be exhibiting his art in the gallery, which features the work of renowned local artist Jim Burnley. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

The Riverside Studio Gallery is settling into its new location at 406 Second St. The gallery, managed by David and Ellie Burnley, features a vast collection of Jim Burnley's artwork in prints and greeting cards.

In addition to access to Burnley's extensive collection representing a lifetime of work, now customers will be introduced to a new artist.

Damon Holter will be exhibiting his work, both acrylic originals and prints, in the Riverside Studio Gallery. First discovering painting when he was in seventh grade, Holter fell in love with the acrylic media while taking a course in ninth grade. He never looked back and never took another art class.

"I have never put down a brush since that class," said Holter, who is also color blind. "If my tubes of paint were not labeled I would be in a world of hurt. But I have overcome that." The Hudson resident grew up in Afton, graduating from Stillwater High School in 1993. Always an avid outdoorsman, Holter naturally found his subjects in the wild. He has won numerous awards in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including the 2003 Wisconsin Great Lakes Trout and Salmon Stamp Competition.

He and his parents opened the Timberidge Road House between Siren and Spooner, which led to his current occupation as a restaurant manager. As a result, his work appears in galleries throughout northwestern Wisconsin.

"Fish are a favorite subject," said Holter. "I grew up fishing around here and now hold five world records in fly-fishing. I photograph all of my catches." Each year, Holter takes a trip in pursuit of salmon or trout within the United States.

While wildlife is a favorite, he works on commission as well, turning out portraits, architectural paintings, illustrations and sports subjects. Holter plans to add artwork of local scenes to his collection available at the Riverside Studio Gallery.

For more information, call (715) 381-1968 or visit To contact Damon Holter, call (715) 386-0329.