Meet the Staff

Karen Hertz-Sumnicht, Owner/Art Consultant

Karen Hertz-Sumnicht, Owner/Art Consultant

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree – St. Mary’s College, Indiana
Karen believes she has one of the best jobs in the world. Wearing a variety of hats each day keeps things changing and everyday special. “As we head into our third decade, I value the loyalty of our customers, reliability of our team and our creative know-how to produce truly unique projects, which is the reason Avenue Art continues to be successful.”


Karen Heinritz

Karen Heinritz

Associate degree – Interior Design, Fox Valley Technical College.
With 30 years of industry experience, an eye for detail and craftsmanship, superb organizational skills and a passion for preserving your treasures, Karen heads up our framing workroom. In her free time, Karen loves to create mosaic artwork.


Joe Merkes

Joe Merkes

Associate degree – Interior Design, Fox Valley Technical College.
For 25 years, Joe has used his unique design skills to style our gallery, design framing selections and accessorize for customers. Joe’s distinctive Christmas wreaths are always a big hit with our customers.


Paula Druckrey Peterson

Paula Druckrey Peterson

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree – University of Wisconsin (Oshkosh)
A talented artist in her own right, Paula has 25 years of framing and retail experience. She manages our advertising and oversees our inventory of art supplies. When she’s not at the store, she designs mixed media collages and beautifully sewn handbags.


Steve Gilling

Steve Gilling

In 2000, we partnered with Steve from Artist Frame and Materials for the assembly of our frames and art installations at numerous healthcare and commercial facilities. With a Master of Fine Arts degree, his skills and extensive experience in design and sculpture is unsurpassed in the area.


LuAnne McNichols

LuAnne McNichols

A familiar face is back on the team at Avenue Art & Company.  She brings 38 years of framing expertise and customer service.  LuAnne is a native of the Fox Cities.  Her favorite passion is designing and creating whether at work or on her own time.


Kimberly Olson

Kimberly Olson

Bachelor of Business-University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
Coming from a strong retail family and experience, Kimberly is ready to cheerfully assist customers.  Her degree with an emphasis in marketing is an asset in communicating with customers about the latest news from Avenue Art & Company.


Inspiration Blog

Monday, Monday

04-03-2017   “Monday, Monday, so good to me / Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be.” (The Mamas and Papas) This song always runs through my head at the beginning of the week. Partly because, like many, sadly the weekend is behind us and it is another week. But, also, I take […]

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Counter Clockwise

  It was hump day yesterday.  A sunny, crisp, maybe spring is on the way “kinda” hump day.  I had the pleasure or working in the store and that is always rewarding. I love greeting people and seeing familiar customers who are also often good friends now.  A couple of side tables went home to […]

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