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

  • KIDS WOW! Creativity Camp

    Middle school students will be able to experiment with visual storytelling during KIDS WOW!, a creativity camp offered July 22-26 by Write On, Door County and led by graphic novelist Aaron Renier. The camp will introduce children in sixth through eighth grades to a variety of comic-making practices and techniques, including writing, storyboarding, penciling, inking […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series

    Thomas and Ethel Mortenson Davis will be the featured poets at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on May 8, 7 pm. An open mic will follow. Thomas has had six books published, including two epic poems, The Weirding Storm and An American Spirit. He will primarily present sonnets from his novel […]

  • Write On’s Developing a Writing Habit Course

    Write On, Door County ( presents Developing a Writing Habit, a weeklong course for those who want to start or continue a writing routine. Sessions will be held May 6-10, 9-11am, at Write On’s Juddville property. Weather permitting, they will be held at The Coop, the former writing studio of author Norbert Blei. Tuition is […]

  • ‘Cozmo’s Wish’ on Boardwalk

    Stay Toon’d Publishing has published Janet Tlachac-Toonen’s 10th work: Cozmo’s Wish. This time the Dyckesville children’s book author and illustrator has created a rhyming tale about a unicorn and his dream to be more colorful. Cozmo’s dream is not magically realized after wishing on a star, so he and his firefly friends embark on a […]

  • Hardy Gallery Announces 2019 Exhibits

    The Hardy Gallery ( has been a pillar of the Door County art community since the mid-1900s, providing exhibits that surprise visitors each season. The first exhibit of the Hardy’s 57th season, Wall-to-Wall, May 25 to June 6, is a salon-style show that’s open to both emerging and established artists. The opening reception is May […]

  • ‘Salon of High School Art’ Recipients Announced

    The Miller Art Museum ( announced and honored the award recipients of its 45th annual Salon of Door County High School Art exhibit during a reception at the gallery. The exhibition features original work by students in grades nine through 12 who attend one of the peninsula’s five high schools or are homeschooled. Participation certificates […]

  • Idea Gallery Showcases 14 New Artists

    Idea Gallery’s third season will open to the public on May 4 with Exhibit 1, showcasing 14 new, nationally renowned artists. The opening reception will be May 26, 4-7 pm. The gallery is open daily, 11 am – 5 pm. Exhibit 1’s featured artists are Karen Gunderman (painting/ceramics) and Christopher Davis-Benavides (ceramics), along with Allison B. […]

  • Edgewood Opens 50th-Anniversary Season with Benefit Cookbook

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries is celebrating the beginning of its 50th-anniversary season with a group show of artwork featured in a new benefit cookbook. During an opening-day reception on May 4, 10 am – 5 pm, the public is invited to visit the gallery and sculpture garden, enjoy complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and view newly […]

  • Arachne Spinners Guild Meeting May 4

    The next meeting of the Arachne Spinners Guild will be a road trip to a member’s farm on May 4. The meeting will start at 9:30 am. The program will be a demonstration of skirting and analyzing a raw fleece. There will be two rare-breed fleeces and others to use in the demonstration. The rare-breed […]

  • James May Gallery Participates in ‘Art of Water III’

    Water is the most crucial resource for life, so James May Gallery is honoring it by exhibiting the water-focused work in all media of more than 150 regional, national and international artists: serious topics such as conservation and protection, but also water’s simple beauty. Visit James May Gallery and James May North in Algoma for […]

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Begins Season on May 3

    In addition to displaying new works by tenured Fine Line artists, the gallery is welcoming several new contributors: ceramic artists Rachel Vitko and Natalya Sots, painters Sarah Gayle Carter and Kathie Odom, and glass artists Mariel Bass and Wesley J. Hunting. “We’re coming off our best season ever last year, and we’re excited to continue […]

  • ‘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 […]

  • Hal Prize Q&A: 2018 Hal Prize Fiction Winner

    Since 1998, the Peninsula Pulse has been memorializing Hal Grutzmacher through our Hal Prize contest in literature, prose and photography. The contest brings in accomplished writers and photographers to judge the hundreds of submissions from the community and beyond. The deadline to submit work for the 2019 Hal Prize is May 1. Visit to […]

  • Bestseller List: April 26, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear3. Women Talking by Miriam Toews4. Metropolis by Philip Kerr5. There There by Tommy Orange HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Educated by Tara Westover2. Becoming by Michelle Obama3. Working by Robert A. Caro4. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl5. […]

  • The Prolific Joe Lansdale

    The first time I came across the writing of Joe R. Lansdale was in a 1987 collection of short stories called The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction. The brief bio accompanying “The Pit” – his story in the collection – read, “Joe R. Lansdale has written so well in so many genres [that] publishers aren’t […]

  • New Work by John Odin Jensen: ‘Stories from the Wreckage’

    Every shipwreck has a story that extends far beyond its tragic end. Retired marine archaeologist John Odin Jensen dives into such tales in the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Press’s newest history, Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks. Jensen mined the archaeological evidence and historic records from a selection of […]

  • IPPY Award Winners

    Two Wisconsin Historical Society Press books have earned gold medals in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards – the IPPY Awards. Somos Latinas, a collection of oral histories documenting the lives and work of Wisconsin Latina activists, by Andreas-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gomez, won in the Women’s Issues category. How to Make a Life: A […]

  • New Book by Bruce H. Joffe: ‘Expat: Leaving the USA for Good’

    In an unprecedented time of turmoil and political chaos creating personal conflicts and public confusion, increasing numbers of Americans are considering moving out of their country. That’s the subject of EXPAT: Leaving the USA for Good, the latest book by former Sturgeon Bay pastor and retailer Bruce H. Joffe, who now lives in Portugal and […]

  • New Door County Cookbook

    Karen Buhk has kept her traditional family recipes alive in Happiness Is Homemade in Door County, a cookbook that contains recipes for more than 50 delicious desserts and meals from the past to the present. Photographs by her granddaughter-in-law, Sandy Buhk, make this cookbook even more special. Karen Buhk spent her childhood watching her grandmother […]

  • Linden Gallery Closes after 24 Years

    Brian and Jeanee Linden have decided to sell their Ellison Bay gallery and building and devote their attention to expanding projects in China. The Lindens bought the former Trinity Lutheran Church in 1995. Although they were living in Taiwan at the time, they wanted to share their passion for Asian history with people back home. […]