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  • Fireside Coffeehouse Concerts: Coffee Culture Arrives at Door Community Auditorium

    Whoever would have thought that a little black bean could be powerful enough to create a culture all its own? But small as it is, the coffee bean has resulted in a phenomenon that crosses cultures around the world. In the years since the simple bean was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder, drinking […]

  • The Art of the Quilt

    In winter of 2006, quilting as an art form came joyfully out of the closet in Door County with the Miller Art Museum’s exhibit of “Quilt National 2005: The Best of Contemporary Fine Art Quilts.” Initiated by the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, this traveling exhibition of 20 quilts was organized to […]

  • Re-Presenting: The Works of Bruce Basch

    Bruce Basch is one of those rare artists who doesn’t measure his success by the number of works he sells, but rather by the success of new ideas, color nuances and kitschy provocations. Basch lives the kind of in-between life as an artist and waiter that affords the leisure of moving at whim – but […]

  • The Story of a Studio Potter: Brian Fitzgerald Working in Clay ’til the End

    “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” This is a rather daunting question for most anyone, usually answered with a wrinkling of the eyebrows and a contemplative “Hmmm,” or with a shrug of the shoulders and simple “I don’t know.” For those people who actually have an answer to the […]

  • Festival Founders Set the Stage for an Eminent Musical Tradition

    The concert hall was ready, the audience was taking their seats and history was about to be made. In a few minutes the downbeat from Maestro Thor Johnson would commence the first concert of the new Peninsula Music Festival, initiating a tradition that would endure for the next 50 years and beyond. Outside the hall, […]

  • The Printmaker as Storyteller: R. Charlie Lyons

    His name is R. Charlie Lyons. His gallery, The Paint Box Gallery, is nestled next to the Red Barn Shops just south of Town Line Road on Highway 42 in Ephraim. There, amidst a broad selection of miniatures and prints by a host of other fine artists, you will find the mother lode of Charlie’s […]

  • Ongoing and Ever Changing: The art of David Nielsen

    David Nielsen will tell you that he believes creating art is a process of evolution, something that is ongoing and ever changing. Even after a work of art is created, it continues to evolve as its interpretations change. The creation and viewing of the work is a communication first between the art and the artist, […]

  • The Abstract Soul: The art of Geoffrey Lardiere

    Geoffrey Lardiere graduated in 1973 from The School of Design at North Carolina State University and launched his career as an abstract artist with an exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh. In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles to become an award-winning National Advertising Art Director. Several years later he joined the […]

  • Furniture-Maker, Sculptor, and Jewelry-Maker: Angela Lensch

    The word “passionate” is perhaps an over-used word for describing artists, particularly in the diverse arts community of Door County. But it is difficult to listen to artist, mother, and environmentalist Angela Lensch talk about her work and the philosophy behind it without the word “passionate” coming to mind. A young furniture-maker, sculptor, and jewelry-maker […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Fine Art Gallery & School: Barnsite and the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art

    Most people on their way to or from Door County probably have not stopped in Kewaunee, even if they’ve opted to take the Highway 42 “scenic route,” other than briefly to re-fuel. They are missing out, it should be noted, by not visiting Barnsite and the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art. In August 2001, Norma […]

  • The Energy of Objects: Local Sculptor Stephanie Evans

    One of the best things about an artist’s community like Door County is that it’s not only a supportive and safe haven for established artists, but it also occasionally pulls its resources together and launches a brand new career. This happened with sculptor Stephanie Evans, whose work can currently be experienced exclusively at Fine Line […]

  • An Infusion of Creativity and Skill: Turtle Ridge Studio Gallery

    It occurred to me after my visit with Turtle Ridge owner Mary Ellen Sisulak that, apart from the occasional tapestry, fabric as an artistic medium has never really been on my radar. Subconsciously I’ve regarded the stuff of fabric – clothing, scarves and bags – as little more than the dolled-up daughters of necessity: fashionable, […]

  • Collaborative Art: Popelka Trenchard Glass

    Since ancient times the human species has been drawn to the ethereal beauty of glass. We have imbued its cool transparency with almost mystic meanings. Some believed magicians could predict the future by gazing into a crystal ball; others used glass images to impart cultural and religious values. Glass beads and trinkets were buried with […]

  • Searching For Shangri-La

    The Linden family has returned from another winter spent in China, bringing with them the type of unusual treasures that has made Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay nationally known as a purveyor of Asian art and antiques. Brian Linden estimates that he (and his wife, Jeanee, and their two young sons, Shane and Bryce) spent […]

  • Sharing Life’s Colors: Bob & Judi Ekholm

    You might think two artists living under one roof would get to be a bit crowded sometimes, especially when both are using the same medium to express themselves. However, for Bob and Judi Ekholm their painting is just as enmeshed as their 25-year marriage. They work side-by-side focusing on the canvases in front of them, […]

  • Abe and Ginka Cohn

    50 Years With Abe and Ginka Cohn

    If you mention the words pottery, clay, or wheel demonstrations anywhere in Door County, undoubtedly the first person that springs to mind if Abe Cohn. The renowned potter and his wife, Ginka, are celebrating over 50 years together, in business and in marriage. Ginka calls the meeting of her husband Abe in 1953 serendipitous. Both […]

  • Craig Blietz

    Where Talent, Patience & Instruction Meet: The Art of Craig Blietz

    “I’ve been blessed with the instruction I’ve had,” says Craig Blietz, an accomplished still-life and portrait painter who lives and works in Liberty Grove. Glancing around his open, two-story studio at a handful of rich and alluring paintings, though, I can’t help but muse to myself: Instruction is always a plus, but can this really […]

  • Mike McCartney: A Dog’s Best Friend

    Just like most talented people who enjoy what they do for a living, Mike McCartney will tell you that his job is easy. He is able to sit in a studio overlooking a beautiful, pristine setting in the middle of the county while he draws and creates caricature after caricature. His unmistakable style has become […]

  • Donna Brown: The Artist as Philosopher

    Plato considered “art” to be nonsense, a form of play not to be taken seriously. Aristotle, writing a generation after Plato, saw things differently. He saw “art” as a means of understanding and comprehension. He saw it as a way of widening the mind’s access to the world. It may be play, but it is […]

  • Ephraim jeweler Amanda Dewitt

    Ephraim Jeweler Amanda Dewitt: The Work, The Struggle, The Journey

    Many Door County entrepreneurs have seen their ideas and enthusiasm quashed by the doubt of a long, slow winter or the unpredictable nature of a tourist economy. It is often less the idea that will make or break a business here, and more the fortitude of the person. One has to work hard, run into […]