Category: Art & Literature

The latest news on the Door County art and literary scenes, including features, gallery openings, exhibits, and literature events.

  • Hardy Gallery’s Juried Exhibit Kicks Off Socially Distanced Season

    When visitors enter the Hardy Gallery for the first time, it’s usually because they’re drawn to the building’s colorful, storied exterior. The colorful graffiti splashed across the siding of the Hardy Gallery make for an unusual exterior, but they aren’t the only things that set the space apart.  “The Hardy is really the best resource […]

  • ‘Apologies to the King’: How ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Got Away with It

    If we shadows have offended,Think but this, and all is mended,That you have but slumber’d hereWhile these visions did appear. Because of the immediate, physical nature of theater, its ability to deliver powerful messages directly to the audience is paramount. And because of its implicit interpretive nature, it’s common to see classic texts reimagined and […]

  • Door Reader Series: Fahrenheit 451

    I was in seventh grade the first time that I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I wasn’t a particular fan of science fiction, nor was I a fan of dystopian fiction. That being said, Fahrenheit 451 didn’t even register as belonging to a genre as I read it.  Bradbury’s language was so rich and real […]

  • Jodi Rose Offers WonderDoodles, YogaDoodles Workshops

    Learn how the common doodle can elevate your life by joining two workshops with Jodi Rose: WonderDoodles Intuitive Art Journaling, to be held July 30, 1-3:30 pm; and YogaDoodles, to be held Aug. 1, 10-11:30 am, both at the Spa at Sacred Grounds in north Ephraim. Both workshops will include a gentle yoga practice and […]

  • Learning from the Unconscious Image

    You’ve heard of yoga, and you’ve heard of doodling, but you probably haven’t considered these two activities in partnership – let alone in a partnership aimed at improving your day-to-day life. This week, Jodi Rose Gonzales ( hosted two workshops at Ephraim’s Spa at Sacred Grounds to introduce participants to the combined power of yoga […]

  • Preview: 15th Annual Door County Plein Air Festival

    During these times of social distancing, painting “en plein air” (French for “in full or open air”) is, in some ways, the ideal activity. One imagines the solitary artist standing in a field, alone and at one with nature, squinting her or his eyes to better discern blocks of light and holding a paintbrush at […]

  • Artist Demonstrations at Woodwalk Gallery

    Woodwalk Gallery is hosting an Artist Demonstration Day on July 18. See a dozen plus talented and experienced artisans at work. Ask questions, get pointers, or just watch and appreciate the wonderful things that they can create. These are all Woodwalk artists so visitors can also see their current offerings along with a wide range […]

  • Murakami’s Works Challenge in the Best Ways

    by Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom, [email protected] When I dig into a new piece of fiction, I’m always excited to enter a new world. I’m a big sci-fi and fantasy buff because I love taking an epic journey, getting attached to a cast of characters and turning my brain off by indulging in action and mystery.  As a […]

  • Wendy Carpenter: Using Textile Art to Facilitate Healing

    One day in December, as Jennifer Seydel sat in her living room and struggled to comprehend the tragedy that had radically changed the trajectory of her life, the name of a woman she had met only once popped into her head: Wendy Carpenter. Seydel and her husband, Mark, had met Carpenter briefly, years before, during […]

  • Gonzales Offers WonderDoodles, YogaDoodles Workshops

    Jodi Rose Gonzales will host WonderDoodles Intuitive Art Journaling on July 16, 1-3:30 pm; and YogaDoodles on July 18, 10-11:30 am, both at the Spa at Sacred Grounds in north Ephraim. Both workshops will include a gentle yoga practice and resources for including the techniques in a regular writing or art-journal practice. All supplies will […]

  • Door County Library Access Expands

    Door County Library will soon reopen all eight branches for limited browsing and continue to offer pickup service for those who prefer a contactless library experience. Starting July 13, library hours and services will increase to meet the needs of Door County inhabitants and visitors. “We miss serving our library users, and have heard loud […]

  • Door County Barn Quilts Highlight History, Personality

    Door County’s most expansive gallery space begins at one end of the peninsula in Southern Door and stretches all the way to the northernmost tip of the county on Washington Island. Nestled among the cows and crops, and crowning distinguished old barns, the colorful barn quilts of Door County dot the countryside.  Beginning in 2010, […]

  • Grants Available for Humanities, Cultural Nonprofits

    Wisconsin’s humanities and cultural organizations can apply now for grants of up to $7,500 to help them cope with financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant Program distributed a little more than $300,000 during its first round of grants earlier this month, and a second grant round has opened […]

  • Make Cornhusk Dolls with Lolly Aguilar

    Learn the ancient art of creating a cornhusk doll – with a modern twist – with Lolly Aguilar. The workshop is held July 5, 1-3 pm, at Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts in Egg Harbor. Aguilar will guide participants with fun ideas on how to complete the doll. She will also share stories given to […]

  • Celebrating the Literature of Pride

    Book recommendations by queer authors An important part of Pride Month – and of continued support of the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the year – is sharing the stories and voices of those in the community. Whether you’re a fan of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, you should find something to savor from this list of stories […]

  • Three Ways to Create Art at Home

    Although we can’t gather with large groups of friends or attend concerts and festivals this summer, there are still many ways to make this season a meaningful and fulfilling one. All that’s needed is a little inspiration and creativity. Thankfully, Door County is full of both. Check out these three ways to stretch your creative […]

  • Reflecting on a First Fathers’ Day

    By Andrew Kleidon-Linstrom There is so much I want to teach my son. I cried the first time he fell asleep on my chest in the hospital. I’ve cried a few times since then just because I love him so much and I can’t believe he’s real sometimes. I want to teach him that it’s […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery to Celebrate 46 Years Virtually

    John Dietrich and Diane McNeil will host a 46th-anniversary celebration of Ellison Bay Pottery on Aug. 23, 4 pm. Everyone is invited to join them online for stories of John’s early years in Fish Creek with Abe and Ginka Cohn, then in his barn in Ellison Bay, with photos. He’ll demonstrate the wheel and share […]

  • Hardy Gallery Announces 2020 Exhibit Schedule

    The Hardy Gallery will open for an eight-week season, July 11 – Sept. 13. It will present the 58th annual Juried Exhibit July 11 – Aug. 9. The show is open to both emerging and established artists, features a variety of media by local and regional artists, and is one of the gallery’s most notable exhibits. […]

  • Turtle Ridge Showcases Asian-Inspired Apparel

    Chie Okada is a designer who was born and raised in Japan, has lived in Japan and America as an adult, and today resides in Hawaii. She creates Asian-inspired apparel collections for global women in free-size silhouettes, fitting women size 6 to 18. In collaboration with another Japanese designer, Okada chooses a motif from the […]