Felix' Outdoor Studio


Buy-a-Brick, Build-a-Classroom!

Amazing News!!! We have REACHED our fundraising goal for the Outdoor Classroom in memory of Felix! The brick pavers’ sale was a huge success, big thanks to all who participated! Thank you to Dave Cavil who generously rose to the occasion and closed the funding gap. THANK YOU, DAVE!

Thank you to the following donors for purchasing brick pavers (names will be added here as they are purchased):

Rachel Weidner

Bonnie Waskiewicz

Richard Boller

The Skorik Family

Robert and Donna Porsche

Tracey Leffin-Hedrick and Robb Hedrick

Zaun Memorial Foundation, Ltd.

Barbara and Mark Zyvoloski

Cornerstone Community Bank

Pam Merklein

Brenda Schilke

Mari Anne Jayme

James and Ruth Gollnick

Jodi Heston

Sue Lundsten

Bruce McIlnay

Andy and Tina Garni

Theresa Laughlin

Mike and Heidi Jenkins

Caroline Gittins

Neil and Adria Willenson (One Heartland)

Kathleen McGlone (Slowpokes Local Food)

Kyle and Amy Sterkenburg (Worzella Photography)

Terry Ziegler, DC (Grafton Chiropractic)

Jerre Petrie (Thorson Elementary)

Urszula Cholewinska (NSAA’s Board of Directors)

David Fischer (NSAA Chairperson of the Board)

Carol Trad Margaret and Wes Anderson

Sue and John Meinecke

Wayne and Eileen Sattler

Meredith Shimp

Sheri and Scott Bestor (NSAA Founders)

Kristina Eckert

Jenny Frontier

Sue Cibulka

Dr. Kurt Kwiatkowski


Donation form (Click here to download engraved brick order form in a pdf file).

We would like to extend our gratitude to the generous donors:

Dave Cavil

Felix’ mom, Becky and her husband Mark Merklein (for donating $990 raised at their wedding in lieu of wedding gifts, and for purchasing a $500 bench for the brick patio)

Cub Scout Pack 3836 (for their great accomplishment of raising $1,000 for the classroom!)

Quality Landscaping, Inc. (our landscaper for the project for their donation of planning time and materials)

Wayside Nurseries, Inc.

Kapco, Inc.

Zink the Zebra Foundation, Inc.

JW Delivery, LLC.

Cedarburg Junior Woman’s Club, Inc.

Drews True Value Hardware Store

Mrs. Voeller’s  class at Thorson Elementary

Two Joys (Jenny Frontier)

Al Buss Design Studio

And to many individual donors as well as NSAA staff and students!

North Shore Academy of the Arts is currently engaged in creating a very special place in memory of our 8-year old student Felix Boller. Felix, whose dream was to become an art teacher, passed away last summer after his courageous battle with cancer. He was truly a remarkable boy and a talented artist who inspired many around him. Felix enjoyed and was engaged in many art forms: performing on stage, making his own costumes, and painting.

Outdoor Art Studio is our tribute to Felix, a place for artists of all ages to create and learn about art, a place for inspiration, creativity, and reflection. We also envision our art teachers using this special place for art classes. Felix’s Outdoor Art Studio is going to be located on the green space outside the NSAA building. We are going to plant a garden, install benches and tables.

In order to accomplish this we are currently seeking monetary donations, labor and materials are also welcome. More details on the project and the items needed are coming soon. Please click on the link below to download and print a donation form that can be mailed to NSAA. Thank you for your kind contributions!

Donation Form

Plan For Outdoor Classroom

Our Request to the Village of Grafton

News Graphic Article about the Felix Project

Please click on “Tribute to Felix” link below, where Felix’ mom Becky and NSAA teachers share their memories of Felix. You will also find quotes from Felix on being an artist.

Tribute to Felix