You don’t have to travel far to see the unique work of Breezy Point artist Jeff Kreitz. Camp Knutson, located on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, is a great example, showcasing Kreitz’s work over the past decade.
As he has done in past years, Kreitz also donates a piece of his one-of-a-kind artwork to Camp Knutson for auction at the Night Under the Stars event, scheduled for July 20. This year’s piece is a maquette of a larger sculpture done for the cardiovascular wing at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.
Like everyone who has ever visited Camp Knutson, Kreitz was immediately taken in by the campers who visit throughout the summer. Kreitz says you can’t be working on the grounds during a camp session and not just stop and admire these kids.
Camp Knutson serves children with severe skin disorders, Down syndrome, heart disease or autism.
Much of his work is done from what the artist sees around him, and Kreitz said, “Camp Knutson campers provide the heart and soul of each piece I envision for this camp. They are my inspiration. They touch my heart.”
Kreitz began metal sculpting at age 7, literally at the knee of his father, metal sculptor and entrepreneur Lloyd Kreitz. His mother, Eva Kreitz Clow, is also an artist, using oil paints to create her works on canvas.
Jeff’s artistic talent took him toward metal as his medium expressing his unique abilities. A little college, coupled with welding school, and a whole lot of hard work brought him to his successful artist’s studio in Breezy Point. He and his wife, Julie, have raised their two children here and his oldest child, daughter Jessica, plans to pursue a degree in industrial arts at the University of Wisconsin-Stout this fall.
Son Jeff, a high school student, also shows interest in the arts.
The older Kreitz said, “I have been richly blessed and it is just a natural extension of my time and God-given talent to support Camp Knutson and the lakes area.”
A chance to view his work at Camp Knutson and to place a bid on his donated artwork is available Saturday, July 20, at the Night Under the Stars gala on the camp grounds.
For ticket availability, contact Sharon at 218-692-1142. Inquire about tickets for both the silent auction and wine bar or for the entire evening events.
This is the 60th anniversary for Camp Knutson and the community is invited to celebrate this evening for a Night Under the Stars.