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

  • Author’s Planet is Fun to Visit

    Author Paul McComas returns to Third Avenue Playhouse as part of a 20-city national book tour for his newly published, coming-of-age novel, Planet of the Dates.

  • Storyscapes

    One of the joys of bookstore ownership is the Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) sent by publishers each month. These paperbound manuscripts resemble trade paperbacks and are the not quite final versions of books that will be released in the coming months.

  • Cold

    Cool it is. Minus twenty-three behind the chicken coop. Some would offer it is cold. Better for one’s mental health to describe it as the more pedestrian cool.

  • Authors and After Words

    It seems that Heath Ledger has joined the Pantheon of Lost Innocents with the likes of James Dean, Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, River Phoenix…all highly gifted, deeply troubled, intense, charismatic, and creative performers.

  • Winter Art Classes At MAM

    Looking for something new and creative to try? The Miller Art Museum offers winter classes for anyone age 14 or older who is interested. The classes are very short-term to accommodate busy lifestyles and provide an opportunity to discover a new medium for a very reasonable price.

  • Museum Talk At Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum invites everyone to a Museum Talk on Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 am to hear featured speaker Richard Mueller talk about his life and work as a color pencil artist.

  • Fairfield to Open Baylake Bank Children’s Art Exhibition

    On Saturday, February 16, the Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Sturgeon Bay will unveil its Annual Baylake Bank Children’s Art Exhibit, which showcases the recent work of art students from several area schools.

  • KAFA Graduate Wins Best of Show

    M. M. Johnson, a graduate of the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art, was awarded Best of Show at the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s fourth annual “You Gotta Have Art” exhibition opening gala on January 26.

  • Pipka’s New Collection Available

    The 2008 Collection of Pipka Santas, Angel and Madonna have started to arrive at Pipka’s of Door County. “I love all of them, and I’m waiting to see if my collectors pick the same ones,” Pipka says.

  • PAA Awards Support Life-Changing Endeavors

    On the cold winter afternoon of January 27, members of the Peninsula Association Grant Review Panel met to evaluate applications and disperse ArtFUND monetary awards.

  • Annual Award Recognizes Healing Potential of the Arts

    Following the Panel Review, the Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) hosted its Annual Meeting. Though quietly attended, a number of grantees were present.

  • Do We Really Love Door County Winters?

    Winter along the Door County Peninsula can be trying. Personally, I find difficulty in the transition phase between summer and fall, which are inevitably filled with chaos and teeming with splendor, and winter that seems to breed routines.

  • Murder They Wrote – Louise Penny

    My last two columns have been devoted to two prolific, long-time authors, Laurie R. King and Archer Mayor. Between the two, they have published well over thirty books.

  • Frankie Say No More

    Dear D____.
    Since moving here from the West, I’ve been living in a walk-up above the “Pleasuredome” karaoke bar, where music by ‘80s glam rockers “Frankie Goes To Hollywood” rattles my floorboards.

  • 2 Poems

    Life Laughing at Me Have you ever been in a blue funk driving down those roads where you’ve been a thousand times before, hitting the same bumps, same old potholes when suddenly, in a pickup truck, a poem passes by and you start to smile and the road smoothes, the sky turns blue, sun beams […]

  • Authors and After Words

    At the end of the Civil War in 1865, the southern states were devastated. Agriculture was at a standstill; starvation was a common threat. Texas had escaped the devastation, and the ranchers there had produced huge herds of cattle, which ironically, were worth little since there was no way to get the beef to eastern markets.

  • The Link Gallery Presents “Artists of the Broad Salon”

    In 1996, the Peninsula Art School (PAS) in Fish Creek initiated a series of brainstorming sessions. The focus of the meetings was how the PAS could better serve Door County’s working artists.

  • Fairfield Hosts Two “Grapes of Wrath” Discussion Groups

    As Door County’s month-long celebration of John Steinbeck’s classic 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read initiative draws to a close, the Fairfield Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Sturgeon Bay will join the long list of peninsula institutions – from Washington Island in the north to Forestville in the south – to host free community book-discussion groups.

  • Door County Art League Hosts Potluck and Sketching Session

    Monday, January 28, Door County Art League (DCAL) members will get together to socialize at a potluck dinner beginning at 6 pm at the Gibraltar Fire Department meeting room.

  • Painting South of the Clouds in the Middle Kingdom

    Barnsite Gallery and Linden’s Gallery are finalizing plans for a three-week oil painting trip to Southwestern China in April 2008 that includes a nationwide contingency from the Oil Painters of America (OPA) organization.