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

  • Artist Emerged: Jennifer Lee

    Franne Dickinson, renowned and beloved Door County artist, answered the phone one day to discover her excited 21 year-old granddaughter Jennifer calling from Ohio saying, “Guess what I just discovered, I think I might be an artist!” Jennifer who had been playing around with sketching realized that she liked the picture she had just drawn […]

  • William Jauquet’s Love of Bronze

    How does a hobby evolve into a passion, and a passion into a career? You might ask William Jauquet, who began in 1978 as a “rural folk woodcarver” and whose career has evolved over the years to encompass a worldwide audience for his bronze castings. His fame travels far and wide, and yet his feet […]

  • Jeweler Jen Hough

    After meeting jewelry designer Jen Hough, you may have trouble believing that she has been interested in art for more than 20 years. It might be more plausible if you learn that her career began in kindergarten when she started making her own jewelry. She expanded and started selling her necklaces by age 11. While […]

  • A Walk in the Woods: Inside the paintings of Margaret Lockwood

    A stand of trees glowing in the sunrise. A bank of clouds illuminated by the evening’s final rays of light. Artists have always been transfixed by the beautiful landscapes of Door County. The natural world has long been one of the primary inspirations of visual artists. But perhaps no artist has put as much effort […]

  • Leap and the Landing Will Appear: Artist Jodi Brey

    Jodi Brey takes what you might call a holistic approach to art. She is a skilled sculptor and jeweler who happens to possess the unique ability to bring her craft into a larger sphere – one that encompasses the myriad connections between environment, community and, of course, the impetus for art. But like the story […]

  • The Frykman “Family” Gallery

    Two generations of the Frykman family formed a partnership in 2005 to make art their life and opened The David Frykman Studio Gallery in Door County’s “gallery town” of Ellison Bay. Theirs is a happily-ever-after success story, for success in Door County pretty much means doing the thing you love to do and making a […]

  • Off Beat, Off Season: Isadoora Theatre Company

    Some say that theatre had its origins thousands of years ago, with a group of friends seated around a campfire eating a meal and sharing stories about their day. Then, one person decided that the story would be better if two people told the story together, each acting out a different part. Over time, the […]

  • Fireside Coffeehouse Concerts: Coffee Culture Arrives at Door Community Auditorium

    Whoever would have thought that a little black bean could be powerful enough to create a culture all its own? But small as it is, the coffee bean has resulted in a phenomenon that crosses cultures around the world. In the years since the simple bean was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder, drinking […]

  • The Art of the Quilt

    In winter of 2006, quilting as an art form came joyfully out of the closet in Door County with the Miller Art Museum’s exhibit of “Quilt National 2005: The Best of Contemporary Fine Art Quilts.” Initiated by the Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, this traveling exhibition of 20 quilts was organized to […]

  • Re-Presenting: The Works of Bruce Basch

    Bruce Basch is one of those rare artists who doesn’t measure his success by the number of works he sells, but rather by the success of new ideas, color nuances and kitschy provocations. Basch lives the kind of in-between life as an artist and waiter that affords the leisure of moving at whim – but […]

  • The Story of a Studio Potter: Brian Fitzgerald Working in Clay ’til the End

    “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” This is a rather daunting question for most anyone, usually answered with a wrinkling of the eyebrows and a contemplative “Hmmm,” or with a shrug of the shoulders and simple “I don’t know.” For those people who actually have an answer to the […]

  • Festival Founders Set the Stage for an Eminent Musical Tradition

    The concert hall was ready, the audience was taking their seats and history was about to be made. In a few minutes the downbeat from Maestro Thor Johnson would commence the first concert of the new Peninsula Music Festival, initiating a tradition that would endure for the next 50 years and beyond. Outside the hall, […]

  • The Printmaker as Storyteller: R. Charlie Lyons

    His name is R. Charlie Lyons. His gallery, The Paint Box Gallery, is nestled next to the Red Barn Shops just south of Town Line Road on Highway 42 in Ephraim. There, amidst a broad selection of miniatures and prints by a host of other fine artists, you will find the mother lode of Charlie’s […]

  • Ongoing and Ever Changing: The art of David Nielsen

    David Nielsen will tell you that he believes creating art is a process of evolution, something that is ongoing and ever changing. Even after a work of art is created, it continues to evolve as its interpretations change. The creation and viewing of the work is a communication first between the art and the artist, […]

  • The Abstract Soul: The art of Geoffrey Lardiere

    Geoffrey Lardiere graduated in 1973 from The School of Design at North Carolina State University and launched his career as an abstract artist with an exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh. In 1975 he moved to Los Angeles to become an award-winning National Advertising Art Director. Several years later he joined the […]

  • Furniture-Maker, Sculptor, and Jewelry-Maker: Angela Lensch

    The word “passionate” is perhaps an over-used word for describing artists, particularly in the diverse arts community of Door County. But it is difficult to listen to artist, mother, and environmentalist Angela Lensch talk about her work and the philosophy behind it without the word “passionate” coming to mind. A young furniture-maker, sculptor, and jewelry-maker […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Fine Art Gallery & School: Barnsite and the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art

    Most people on their way to or from Door County probably have not stopped in Kewaunee, even if they’ve opted to take the Highway 42 “scenic route,” other than briefly to re-fuel. They are missing out, it should be noted, by not visiting Barnsite and the Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art. In August 2001, Norma […]

  • The Energy of Objects: Local Sculptor Stephanie Evans

    One of the best things about an artist’s community like Door County is that it’s not only a supportive and safe haven for established artists, but it also occasionally pulls its resources together and launches a brand new career. This happened with sculptor Stephanie Evans, whose work can currently be experienced exclusively at Fine Line […]

  • An Infusion of Creativity and Skill: Turtle Ridge Studio Gallery

    It occurred to me after my visit with Turtle Ridge owner Mary Ellen Sisulak that, apart from the occasional tapestry, fabric as an artistic medium has never really been on my radar. Subconsciously I’ve regarded the stuff of fabric – clothing, scarves and bags – as little more than the dolled-up daughters of necessity: fashionable, […]

  • Collaborative Art: Popelka Trenchard Glass

    Since ancient times the human species has been drawn to the ethereal beauty of glass. We have imbued its cool transparency with almost mystic meanings. Some believed magicians could predict the future by gazing into a crystal ball; others used glass images to impart cultural and religious values. Glass beads and trinkets were buried with […]