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  • Door County Icons Turned into Art

    What had been streaks of color dashed across a computer screen became the outlines and details of the peninsula’s state parks and abundant lighthouses when Ryan Miller, creative director for the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living, designed posters to celebrate the areas Door County is well known for. Once transferred to paper, these vibrant […]

  • ‘Salon of High School Art’

    By Polly Fitz A family trip to Costa Rica inspired 18-year-old Haley Dawson to paint “Mahi Mahi,” one of three art pieces she has on display as part of the Miller Art Museum’s Salon of Door County High School Art. Dawson’s sister likes fish, so she asked Dawson to paint one of the tropical varieties […]

  • Jazz Quintet Helps Popelka Trenchard Glass Celebrate 22 Years 

    It’s not often that jazz and glass blowing are thought of together, but the freestyle elements that both art forms embrace make a marriage between the two more likely than you’d think. To celebrate their 22nd year in Door County, the folks at Popelka Trenchard Glass are inviting the Scandinavian jazz quintet Friends & Neighbors […]

  • How to Get Gallery Representation

    by Kendra Bulgrin, Director, James May Gallery As I begin thinking about our 2020 calendar and my own experience as a painter and gallerist, I thought it would be helpful to artists to make a “what to do” list. Approaching a gallery, whether by email or in person, can seem like a daunting task for […]

  • Art of Social Engagement

    by Estella Lauter The current exhibit at the Unitarian Universalist Gallery – Protest! Bearing Witness, Seeking Justice – is extraordinary in several ways. Works in traditional media – a painting by DarRen Morris, a wood relief by Roger Benedict, three textile wall hangings and a bank of poems – are the exceptions rather than the rule. […]

  • Connecting to the Refugee Experience

    Lebanese performance artist brings project to Sturgeon Bay It can be easy to feel cut off from the wider world in Door County. The geography of a peninsula equates to some degree of isolation. By car, there are only three ways people can leave the peninsula. Sure, we can feel in touch with the world […]

  • Intersection of the Arts and Community

    Celebrate Water events were on the minds of most attendees of the Jan. 12 Door County Talks lecture, “Building Community and Common Ground through the Arts.” After lecturer Kelli Strickland, executive and artistic director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, finished speaking and began the Q&A session, audience members were quick to name […]

  • Printmaking Resurgence at Peninsula School of Art: New exhibit highlights possibilities of printmaking

    If you’ve paid attention to upcoming events at the Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), you may have noticed a common theme: printmaking. The first exhibit of 2019 is Midwest Made: Contemporary Print Invitational, and the first fundraiser of the year is Winter Print. When asked about the focus on printmaking, PenArt Executive Director Catherine Hoke […]

  • Introducing the Peninsula’s Poetry

    Curated by the Door County Poets Collective The Door County Poets Collective is working with the Peninsula Pulse to present poetry to readers on an ongoing basis in a monthly column. For the first issue of every month, the Door County Poets Collective will select a poem to feature in the pages of the Pulse. […]

  • Craig Blietz and His Cows Featured at Museum of Wisconsin Art

    A parade of cows from Sister Bay has been making an impact in West Bend. In what is being described by the staff at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend as a midcareer breakout show for Sister Bay artist Craig Blietz, his latest body of work encompasses what the artist refers to […]

  • Happy to Be An Outlier: Moon Bird opens in Ellison Bay for open houses

    Stepping into Moon Bird, the new gallery/home adornment space in Ellison Bay, on a grey day, the bright, welcoming colors are a relief to the eyes. The shop, located in the former Sutra Gallery, is a new endeavor for the husband-and-wife team of Jeff and Desiree Bromstad. The couple, who has owned a home in […]

  • Perfectly Imperfect: Q&A with scavenger artist Ryan Keane

    Questions by Sally Collins Jeweler Ryan Keane, a self-described “scavenger,” creates eclectic old world pieces that appear museum-worthy or, at the very least, created for the set of an epic period film. Using materials from across the globe, as far as Japan, Africa, Thailand, and his own backyard, he relishes making wearable art that has […]

  • Miller Art Museum Announces 43rd Juried Annual Winners

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) announces the award winners from the 43rd Juried Annual Exhibit. Every year the Miller Art Museum invites artists 18 years of age and older to submit up to two works in two-dimensional media for consideration in this exhibit. Artists from Door County and the surrounding five counties (Sheboygan, Brown, Kewaunee, […]

  • Deck the Halls: Blossoms Flower House holds festive workshops

    As people are getting their homes outfitted for the winter season, Blossoms Flower House offers them an opportunity to get crafty by making their own wreaths and centerpieces. Blossoms is a studio space on Highway 57, just south of downtown Sister Bay, where Jackie Ehlert conducts her floral-arranging and delivery business and holds various workshops […]

  • Instead of Fighting Frenzied Crowds, Shop from Local Artists: FOG holds annual Arts and Crafts Fair Nov. 23-24

    Instead of heading out of town to big-box stores and shopping amid frenzied crowds for the holidays, the Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) organization offers a nice, local alternative in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. Since 1985, when it was brought to FOG by Clay Bay Pottery owners and artists Jeanne and David Aurelius, the […]

  • Questions and Artists: Pam Flanders

    Peninsula Pulse (PP): Growing up, did you have a teacher or family member who gave you encouragement in the pursuit of art? Pam Flanders (PF): Yes, although no galleries or museums were in the area, I would draw on the paper my dad brought home from his job at a local paper mill. He and […]

  • Questions & Artists: Faith Frykman

    For more than a decade Faith Frykman has been a positive presence in the Door County art community. She was instrumental in organizing and participating in the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl and also in creating and contributing to the Door Peninsula Arts Guide. Having exhibited at galleries throughout the peninsula, Frykman is known for her […]

  • Breathing Fire: Charles Tlachac and His Chimenea Characters

    Inspiration came by way of a flooded fire pit. A few years ago, welder Charles “Chuck” Tlachac of Forestville was on unemployment after Palmer Johnson closed their Sturgeon Bay facility. He took the time to embark on some home improvement projects. On the list: fill in the fire pit. “Every time it would rain, the […]

  • Door to Nature: A Trip to See ‘Birds in Art’

    I remember good friends who lived in Wausau, Wis., and enjoyed visiting Door County and The Ridges Sanctuary back in the mid-1970s. They invited us to stay with them in September 1976 so that we could go to the opening of the new Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, up the hill in the eastern part […]

  • Growing Out of the Clay: Bren Sibilsky

    Bren Sibilsky wonders what her neighbors thought during those seven quiet years she created a body of work:  her own work, not commissioned or contracted, just hers. Those seven years began quietly. She quit a successful commercial art business, hunkered down and read and read and read some more: Greek mythology, biblical stories, Native American […]