Category: Art Scene

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

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl Nov. 19-21

    After a cancellation in 2020, the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl will return Nov. 19-21, 10 am – 4 pm. During each annual event, the participants open their studio or gallery to the public so that visitors can see the art, witness some of the processes used to create it and speak with the artists. This […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Hosts Gingerbread Bash

    Peninsula School of Art will host its first Gingerbread Bash on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6-9 pm. “Everyone in Door County worked so hard this summer,” said Catherine Hoke, the school’s executive director. “We took care of our visitors, clients and customers; now it’s time for us to have some fun.” The we-made-it-through-the-season/pre-holiday party is open […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Arts District Flourishing

    The Sturgeon Bay art scene has changed – especially on the east end of 3rd Avenue. That’s where Seth Taylor bought the Stroh Block building sight unseen while he was in South Korea, where he had been living and running a school for 13-plus years with his wife, Christine Hong.  When they decided to move […]

  • ‘Icons of Door County’ Captures Peninsula’s Beauty

    Door County photographer Luke Collins has published his first book, Icons of Door County, featuring a variety of his favorite images of the peninsula’s most memorable and recognizable parks, landmarks and vistas. From Cave Point to the Anderson Dock, the “winding road” to Peninsula State Park, Collins highlights each location with a series of photographs. […]

  • Southern Door FFFA Alumni Toy Show Returns Nov. 28

    The 16th annual Southern Door FFA Alumni Toy Show will take place Nov. 28, 9 am – 2 pm, in the gym at Southern Door High School, 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. Visit a wide array of toy vendors, including toy-tractor vendors, as well as other booths with a variety of items for sale. Attendees […]

  • Avenue Art on 3rd Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    Avenue Art on 3rd – a new custom-framing, design-consulting and art gallery – opened Nov. 4 in Sturgeon Bay at 39 S. 3rd Ave.  When the space next to SŌMI Gallery became available, Door County artist Karen Hertz-Sumnicht jumped at the chance to open the new space. She had owned and operated Avenue Art & Company in […]

  • Still at Play: Remembering Franne Dickinson

    Franne Dickinson lives on through her art and the memories of the legions who adored her and called her a friend  Artist, supporter of the arts, teacher, author. A woman so strong in family, friends and faith. An inspiration to those who knew her, the heart and soul of local artists – all of these […]

  • Miller Art Museum Announces ’46th Juried Annual’ Winners

    On Sept. 25, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay unveiled its 46th Juried Annual – a survey and celebration of contemporary work by Wisconsin visual artists – during a scaled-back, in-person reception when eight regional visual artists were recognized for the excellence, originality and experimental nature of their work.  Blanche Brown of Milwaukee earned […]

  • Paint Pumpkins at Plum Bottom

    Stop by Plum Bottom Gallery’s downtown location, 7813 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, on Oct. 30 during the Egg Harbor Safe Walk, 2-4 pm, for a free pumpkin-painting and trick-or-treating event. Supplies will be provided, and donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Door County YMCA Swim Program.

  • Better Off Dead: Halloween Makeup Tutorial

    The bewitching hour is officially here: your last opportunity to pull together a Halloween costume. Conconcting an entire concept from scratch may be difficult at this point, but I may have a solution to create a spooky look with virtually any outfit. When in doubt, be dead. This is my advice for a super last-minute […]

  • The Pooch Paintings of Mike McCartney

    It would be an insult to most people to say their work had gone to the dogs, but for Mike McCartney, it’s not only true, but a succinct description of his truly remarkable career. He and his wife, DeDe, met in high school art classes in Buffalo Grove, Illinois; were married in 1979; and moved […]

  • Halloween Costume Tips from a Newbie DIYer

    Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love the spooky vibes, reading spooky books and – best of all – figuring out a costume. Growing up, I don’t think I was always as into making my costume as I am now. There were definitely many years of throwing things together and making up a character. In recent years, […]

  • Carving Pumpkins Is an Art

    Carving pumpkins is incredibly simple. So simple, in fact, that we tend to forget the little things that make the process even easier or inject some extra creativity and craftsmanship into it. Here are some tricks – with the treat of a better creation at the end – that I’ve found to up your jack-o’ game […]

  • Cast-Glass Sculptures on Display at Idea Gallery

    See a new series of 19 works by cast-glass artist Reza Pishgahi at Idea Gallery. The poet Rumi provides the inspiration for his shelf-people sculptures.  “The desire to explore my artistic abilities came to me in the midst of a career in academia,” Pishgahi said. “I left a full-time position after 20 years to pursue […]

  • ‘Winter Fantasy’ Show at Artzy Studio

    ’Tis the time for sitting by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa in a handmade mug. During October, Artzy Studio is featuring Winter Fantasy: handmade artworks and treasures by local artists, including quilts and pillows by Ruthetta, throws in a variety of sizes and colors, ornaments by Norma Hove and Cynthia L. Koshalek […]

  • Sōmi Gallery Highlights The Yellow Room

    SŌMI Gallery will host an opening reception in The Third Room – its special-exhibition space – Oct. 22, 5-7 pm. Artists Meg Lionel Murphy, Claire Kat Erickson and Jen Hough make up the collective The Yellow Room, founded in 2020 to provide a physical studio space in Sturgeon Bay and a sense of community for its […]

  • Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl

    Take a leisurely tour north to enjoy demonstrations, locally made cider, refreshments, prize drawings and plenty of new, inspired works during the annual Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl Oct. 23-24, 10 am – 5 pm.  Start out at Kick Ash Coffee to kick back, enjoy the view and savor house-roasted coffee, granola and other treats […]

  • Bees in the Mist: The delicate, layered works of Shan Bryan-Hanson

    Shan Bryan-Hanson plays several roles in the world of art. She’s a painter with an MFA from the University of Montana; she curates art galleries and collections at St. Norbert College; and she teaches several art courses. It’s easy to imagine that all of these roles would nurture each other, but it’s where they’re opposed […]

  • Fabric Designer Laurie Jacobi at Turtle Ridge

    Laurie Jacobi will be featured in a trunk show at Turtle Ridge Gallery Oct. 23-24. Her designs are woven into natural fibers by the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and then Mary Jane Miller turns them into coats, jackets, vests, accessories and blankets. Meet Jacobi, and check out her beautiful graphic designs – inspired by the Northwoods and […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Opens Its Kiln

    On Oct. 16, starting at 11 am, Ellison Bay Pottery resident potter John Dietrich will open his kiln for the “unbricking” process. Goblets, mugs, bowls, crocks and more are part of this firing. Masks are required because the kiln room is small, and the event will also be livestreamed. Learn more at