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  • Culture Club: Miller Art Museum Hosts Door County through the Eyes of Joseph Friebert and Betsy Ritz Friebert

    by Susan Friebert Rossen In Door County, one finds both solitude and community. It has long been a destination for visual artists, attracting creators and students in all media to its inspiring scenery, the peaceful remove it offers from the bustle of urban life, and its embrace of the arts.  The region’s reputation as a […]

  • Taking Up Residence

    Michigan-based fiber artist, painter and sculptor Ellie Anderson is used to fitting her artistic pursuits into the gaps of her busy schedule. Before her residency at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), she had “never had the opportunity to just focus on art,” so she wasn’t expecting the outpouring of ideas that came to her during […]

  • Student Spotlight: Dezaray LeRoy

    Artist Statement by Dezaray LeRoy, Southern Door High School senior and AP art student My passion for art began at a young age and carried me through every major event in my life. I’ve been known as “the art kid” since elementary school, but it wasn’t until I started high school that art became less […]

  • Judi Ekholm Keeps Creating

    Judi Ekholm has a big show – more than 40 paintings – opening at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek on May 27. But just don’t call it a “retrospective.” Although she started painting in oils when she was about 8, and she’ll turn 82 in the fall, this is not a retrospective – all […]

  • Photographer Allen Morris Plays with Light

    Meet the 2023 Hal Prize photography judge We are only days away from the opening of the 2023 Hal Prize, and this year, we’ve been working with our partners – Write On, Door County and Peninsula School of Art – to create what we hope will be one of the best contest years yet. Each […]

  • Have Chainsaw, Will Carve

    Door County is famous for art. Around every curve and corner, you’ll find art fairs, art festivals, art galleries, concert venues, theater spaces – art is everywhere.  Sometimes, however, the art is a bit unexpected. Take that six-foot-tall bear or two bald eagles fighting over a fish – eye-catchers for sure. Cody and Ashley Leist […]

  • Art of the City: Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl

    From the Miller Art Museum to the galleries and studios located throughout the city, Sturgeon Bay is full of opportunities to see local art. But opportunities to see that art being created are more rare. That’s why the annual Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl is so popular, according to co-facilitator Karen Hertz-Sumnicht – and why it […]

  • Jenni Bateman Finds Inspiration in the Grit

    If Jenni Bateman resists easy categorization as an artist, blame her husband, David. An executive for Easterseals, he has moved them around the country: to the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida. And along the way, she has worked in textiles, watercolor, mixed media, ink and alcohol, illustrations, graphic arts and acrylics – […]

  • Vegas Impersonators at Southern Door Auditorium Sunday

    If you enjoyed the variety shows of the ’70s and ’80s, you won’t want to miss The Edwards Twins at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Oct. 23, 2 pm. They’ll impersonate legendary singers during An Evening with the Stars, performing as Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, […]

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl This Weekend

    The tourist crowds are trickling out, but there are still great arts events to check out, including Ellison Bay’s annual Fall Art Crawl. Set for Oct. 22-23, 10 am – 5 pm, it comprises six artist studios/galleries and two libations stops. Here’s your guide: Clay Bay Pottery & Gallery 11650 Hwy 42 After 46 years of […]

  • Brian Pier: Constructing a Painter’s Life

    After Brian Pier spent 25 years working in construction, nobody expected him to become a painter – least of all himself. When he picked up a paintbrush at age 56, “everybody was kind of surprised. I was surprised,” said Pier, who was once a heavy-equipment operator in Libertyville, Illinois. Now, about 13 years after he […]

  • Miller Expands Reach in 47th Juried Annual

    The Miller Art Museum’s 47th Juried Annual exhibition, running through the end of October in Sturgeon Bay, features 70 contemporary, two-dimensional works by 52 Wisconsin artists.  This is the second year when the juried show has been open to artists from all across the state. When it began, it was open only to artists in […]

  • Creative Opportunities for the Absolute Beginner

    If stick figures are the extent of your artistic ability, the process of improving your skills might seem intimidating – especially in Door County, where we’re surrounded by seasoned artists. But you can go from doodles to Dalí (well, almost) thanks to local stores and galleries that offer an array of classes for beginners all […]

  • Alisa Landman’s DIY Approach to Art

    Alisa Landman’s open-design home combines the feel of a Soho loft and a white-cube gallery, with its chairs designed by modern architects and bright, abstract paintings illuminated by the morning sun streaming through windows that run the full length of the home. Her view out the window is not lower Manhattan, but Fincantieri’s shipyard across […]

  • Art – and Artist – in Process

    A conversation with Donna Brown Boredom does not bother Donna Brown for very long. The Sister Bay artist can switch from watercolor to oil to cold wax or monotype printing. And if that’s not enough, she can create sculptures from paper or cloth and encaustic, or design earrings from leaves and twigs found on walks […]

  • A Visual Builder: Hal Prize photography judge Lars Topelmann

    You’ve probably seen Lars Topelmann’s photography. You might even have stopped to ponder his images for a while as you flipped through the pages of a magazine in the waiting room at your dentist’s office, or took a second glance at a billboard.  But you probably didn’t know his name, and you almost certainly didn’t […]

  • Creating Connections: Artist honors Native American culture through portraits

    The exhibit of Tom Seagard’s Native American portraits that’s currently on display at the Door County Community Foundation, 222 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, comes out of a decades-long spiritual journey. The show, titled Aho Mitakuye Oyasin – which means “We are all related” in Lakota – has special meaning for Seagard, but not […]

  • The Pursuit of Curiosity: The art and adventures of Seth Taylor

    Seth Taylor’s studio in Sturgeon Bay appears to belong to many artists. Lifelike portraits are strewn about a table alongside caricatures of politicians; several loose-lined ink drawings of animals — deer, horses, sturgeon — take up an entire wall; a watercolor is beginning to take shape on an easel near the window; and brightly colored […]

  • Miller Exhibit Exposes the Truth about Terrorism Propaganda

    Brandon Bauer’s exhibit at the Miller Art Museum shows what the propagandists didn’t want us to see The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay exhibits 600 landscapes, but fewer than 25 contain evidence of humans – cabins, power lines, people.  Humans are also absent from the pieces in its newest exhibit, Landscapes of Absence by […]

  • Plein Air Artists Discuss the Draw of the Quick Paint

    Ready, set, paint! When the invited artists of the 2022 Door County Plein Air Festival take to the Fish Creek streets July 30 for a fast-paced Quick Paint event, they will be viewing the landscape – and their craft – from a different vantage point.  “With a normal plein air painting, you’ve got maybe three […]