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

  • Poetry Lessons: A dinner and reading with United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

    Earlier this year, after the big April snowstorm and when the snow was beginning to melt, I came across a dead coyote atop a rock wall next to the highway. The image was striking, powerful, unsettling. I saw it for only a split second as I was driving by, but many questions came to mind: […]

  • Top 20 Stories of the Year: Pulse Podcast

      Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen wrap up 2018 with the Pulse Year in Review, and the 20 most read articles of the year on Can you guess which articles were the most popular of the year?

  • Winter Brings a Close to Woodcarver’s Studio

    This year woodcarver David Frykman has been busy carving the reclaimed wood from the former Eagle Tower that stood in Peninsula State Park from the 1930s until 2015. Nature photographer Heather Frykman visited David’s workshop and captured pictures as he created a few more items, such as cardinal and eagle ornaments. Peninsula State Park’s Eagle […]

  • Newly Fired Pottery and Extended Holiday Hours

    Ellison Bay Pottery has fresh goblets, mugs and bowls from the final firing of 2018 now available at the gallery. John Dietrich and Diane McNeil are opening the gallery daily from noon to 4 pm until Dec 31, but it will be closed for Christmas. Gift cards are available online at

  • Door County Artists Featured in Sharper Edges

    Sharper Edges: Women Working on the Edge of Glass at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass features the work of female artists exploring social issues. Incorporated into glass sculpture, the women express distinct viewpoints on politics, gender biases, stereotypes, consumerism and the environment. Women are a formidable force in the growth of contemporary studio glass despite […]

  • Picture Books for Christmas

    By Carolyn Kane Where does Santa Claus go when he takes a summer vacation? How many snowflakes does it take to make a snowfall? How does a dinosaur celebrate Christmas? And why does Santa exclaim “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night” after making a delivery? A curious reader can find the […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 21, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny 2. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 3. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger 4. There There by Tommy Orange 5. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama 2. Educated by Tara Westover 3. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns […]

  • Base Camp Features Art by Don Howard

    Base Camp reopened for the winter on Dec. 14, with the works of Don Howard on display. Howard is a versatile artist who works in many media, often combining them to achieve unique effects. His watercolors capture the warmth of Door County and the Midwest. Much of his work is created from photographs he has […]

  • Meadows Gallery Opens Holiday Show

    The Meadows Art Gallery is once again hosting its holiday show, Right Off the Wall. This show offers Door County artists’ work as special holiday gift ideas. The featured artists are offering affordable art that is ready for immediate sale. Traditional 2-D and 3-D pieces from paintings to jewelry, as well as original art and […]

  • No Winter Doldrums at the Peninsula School of Art

    On the third Saturday of the month, it’s very likely that Sarah Martin of Ephraim and her children — Chase, age eight, and Josie, 10 — will be participating in Family Art Days at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. “For years we have taken advantage of Family Art Days,” Martin said of […]

  • 34 Things to Do During Door County Winter: Pulse Podcast

     Morgan Mann stops into the studio to announce the titles for Door County Reads 2019, gives a brief synopsis of the two books selected, and gives us a sneak peak into the events calendar, special guests, and more! Then Andrew and Myles break down the news this week, including a preliminary proposal for Pebble […]

  • Imagination Library Program to Kick Off at Fun Family Event

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF), a program of United Way of Door County, has been working hard during the last year to bring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to Door County children. The program will officially kick off at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay on Dec. 15, 10 […]

  • Authors Talk Writing at Pioneer Life Panel

    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press (WHSP) presents a panel discussion with three top-selling Wisconsin authors — Jerry Apps, Kathleen Ernst and Marnie Mamminga — on Dec. 9, 4:30 pm, at 702WI, located at 702 E. Johnson St., Madison. This moderated writing discussion will focus on what Apps, Ernst and Mamminga know best: the life and […]

  • First-place Framer at Artists Guild

    Janine Buechner was featured in the November issue of the international trade magazine Picture Framing Magazine (PFM) for her top-award-winning framing design. Buechner, custom picture framer at Artists Guild, earned first place in the Professional Picture Framers Association’s International OPEN Framing Competition for 2017-18 earlier this year. The six-page interview in PFM showcases photos and […]

  • Holiday Gift Show at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to shop artfully this holiday season. On Dec. 15-16, 10 am-4 pm, the gallery will have a wide variety of gifts available, from decorative to practical. Resident potter Chad Luberger has been hard at work creating a new collection of perfect holiday gifting items. A fresh collection […]

  • Book Review: ‘Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm’

    Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm Jerry Apps, 138 pages, Wisconsin Historical Press, 2018 Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer Ropes of diamonds and gold are not for you. A fancy car has no place in your garage, your home isn’t TV-worthy, and you’re happy with uncomplicated meals, hold the mustard. While it’s nice to have big […]

  • PenArt Hosts First Artist Critique Group

    For many artists along the peninsula, the winter is the most productive time of the year. The busy days of the tourist season are fewer and farther between, allowing time to hunker down in the studio, determine a new direction and produce a body of work. Although having these quiet months to pursue longer-term projects […]

  • Miller Art Museum Receives Packers Foundation Grant

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) in downtown Sturgeon Bay is a recipient a 2018 Green Bay Packers Foundation grant. The foundation awarded $800,000 to 230 civic and charitable groups throughout Wisconsin. This grant will support the Community Mural Project (CMP), a public-art project in Sturgeon Bay. CMP committee members Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director of the […]

  • Artist Depicts Trans People’s Lives in ‘TRANSCEND’

    On Dec. 16, 9-10 am, Rae Senarighi will discuss “Radical Self Love and Artistic Integrity” at Hope United Church in Sturgeon Bay. Senarighi is a transgender, non-binary artist and illustrator. His colorful works are influenced by nearly a decade of scientific illustration, studying the natural world in micro and macro. After surviving cancer in 2015, […]

  • 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 […]