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

  • Door Community Auditorium Rescheduling July, August Shows

    Because of public-safety concerns, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has postponed all of its July and August shows, rescheduling them for 2021. With a few exceptions, DCA currently plans to present its fall and winter Main Stage shows as originally scheduled. “Sharing live performances with friends, neighbors and strangers is one of my very favorite […]

  • Local Art Goes Worldwide

    Ellison Bay Virtual Spring Arts Crawl and Miller Art Museum share art virtually Door County artists and artisans took viewers on real-time virtual tours of their galleries and working spaces as part of the first Ellison Bay Virtual Spring Arts Crawl on May 16. During the live Ellison Bay Arts Facebook event, viewers from across […]

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl Goes Virtual on May 16

    For more than 15 years, Ellison Bay Arts (EBA) has hosted a Spring Art Crawl, but this year, in light of the Safer at Home order, EBA will host virtual tours of studios, galleries, a school and handcrafted food and drink on the EBA Facebook page on May 16. These businesses will be participating: Clay […]

  • A Mother’s Day Message

    Today is Mother’s Day. Today we are asked to pause to remind ourselves of what is most important, and there is nothing more important than family.  Immediate, extended, friends, neighbors, our community, all of us.  All of you are family. My mother taught me to question everything, to be respectful, to listen, to be kind. […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum’s “Float Your Boat” Challenge

    Door County Maritime Museum wants you to bring Door County’s maritime history and technology to life, even during this time of quarantine, and build boats for the new online competition. In partnership with the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, DCMM is launching the “Float Your Boat!” paper and cardboard boat-building challenge. We are asking students and anyone […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Student Earns Wealth of Scholarship Offers

    Sturgeon Bay senior and accomplished artist Claire Tellstrom has been offered multiple merit scholarships ranging from $76,000 to $116,000 over the course of four years from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Kansas City Art Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Upon weighing her […]

  • Angela Lensch Gallery to Open Once Safer at Home Order Lifted

    The Angela Lensch Gallery will be open once the Safer at Home order is lifted. Its online shop is active, with new jewelry and outdoor wind sculptures added daily. Free shipping is available for all jewelry purchases, and pickup and delivery are available for wind sculptures. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden […]

  • Safer at Home Stories: The Curtain of Isolation

    Welcome to our first installment of Door Posts: Safer-at-Home Stories. Brought to you by The Hal Prize and Write On, Door County, these stories feature tales of those living at home during the quarantine. Find out how to submit your story at writeondoorcounty.org. The Curtain of Isolation by Jane Hensge, Sturgeon Bay During the third […]

  • Humanities and Cultural Organizations May Apply for Aid

    Wisconsin’s humanities and cultural organizations may now apply for financial relief from the Wisconsin Humanities Council through its  Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant program, which will distribute close to $540,000 in federal relief funding to help organizations weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about eligibility and apply for grants of up to $10,000 at wisconsinhumanitiescares.org. The […]

  • Liza Wiemer Leads Online Writing Workshop

    Join Write On, Door County for an online fiction-writing workshop April 23, 7-8:30 pm. Author Liza Wiemer will lead the 90-minute online Zoom class, appropriate for adults and teens, in which participants will explore techniques to create unforgettable characters. It’s perfect for anyone who’s starting a novel or wants some guidance in developing characters. Have […]

  • Questions & Authors: Ed Bok Lee

    “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”  Ed Bok Lee – the 2020 Hal Prize poetry judge, an award-winning poet and Metropolitan State University professor – uses this quote by Novalis to explain why he started to write poetry. When I think about this quote, it also explains why people read poetry, especially in times like these […]

  • When the Show Can’t Go On: High School Stages Go Dark

    Sometimes the show simply can’t go on.  Much has been made of the cancellation of the high school sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But often lost within these conversations is the similar fate of many fine-arts and academic programs. Much like a baseball player might train during the winter for the spring season, […]

  • Write On’s Daily Offerings

    Write On, Door County encourages everyone to be inspired and create through its writing experiences on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and writeondoorcounty.org website. The organization’s new Virtual Inspiration page will link you to daily writing prompts, inspirational videos, interactive workshops, book recommendations and online readings. During April – National Poetry Month – the online readings are […]

  • Wisconsin Historical Society Seeks Journaling Participants

    The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) has long been a leader in documenting history as it happens, dating back to the Civil War, when founding director Lyman Draper asked soldiers stationed at Camp Randall to record their daily lives in journals. You can help write a new chapter in history, chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on […]

  • Door County Library Offers Digital, Virtual Services

    In this time of social distancing, libraries are offering a new, virtual way to apply for and renew library cards and to access digital library services without leaving home. “InfoSoup digital services are open to you even while [libraries] are closed,” said Evan Bend, library services manager with the Outagamie Waupaca Library System. Those who […]

  • Publishing Industry News: April 10, 2020

    • During this time of self-isolation, Dolly Parton is now reading bedtime stories and posting them online on Thursdays at 7 pm (ET), 6 pm (CT). Goodnight with Dolly will feature Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books that she will stream on the Imagination Library’s official social channels during the next 10 weeks. The […]

  • Gary Jones’ Memoir Captures A Disappearing Way of Life

    If writing a memoir is akin to capturing life’s fleeting moments on the page, then Gary Jones’ new book, Ridge Stories: Herding Hens, Powdering Pigs, and Other Recollections from a Boyhood in the Driftless, is time stoppered in a glass vacuum milk bottle. The memoir, a series of reflections, relies on the historically specific experience […]

  • The Artist’s Life: Door County Studio-Gallery Owners Reflect on Their Creative Space

    Potter Jeanne Aurelius still laughs when she recalls the phone call more than four decades ago that would put her on Door County’s arts map. It was 1975, and Jeanne and her husband, David, had just returned to Decorah, Iowa, from a visit to Door County and Ephraim’s Townline Art Fair. As a young, artistic […]

  • The Works of Jim Rose

    In the most unassuming area, amid farmland and fields of wildflowers, is an old creamery in Kolberg, Wisconsin. It’s there that you’ll find the highly skilled and well-known artist Jim Rose.  For the last 20 years, Rose and his family have called this area in southern Door County home. He works in the former creamery, […]

  • Miller Art Museum Launches Sketchbook Challenge

    The Miller Art Museum invites the community to participate in a sketchbook challenge to document this unprecedented time and will provide free sketchbooks to participants. Pick up a blank sketchbook anytime after 5 pm on March 30 from the literature box outside the south door of the museum’s office, 360 Nebraska St.  In February, the […]