Category: Art Scene

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

  • Motels Inspire Murphy’s First Solo Museum Show

    Ecstasy and Escape at the Swan Song Motel at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is Meg Lionel Murphy’s first solo museum show. Up through April 7, it displays her paintings in sets inspired by Sturgeon Bay motels, particularly Motel 57, a traditional drive-up motel across state Highway 57 from Target. Murphy has a multi-faceted […]

  • On Exhibit

    Precious Life: Photography by Jeff Pearcy Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim Through March This exhibit is the result of eight years photographer Jeff Pearcy spent with the Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services, documenting people in poverty. Miller Art Museum Exhibits Miller Art Museum, 107 S. 4th […]

  • Airborne Art

    Rebecca Carlton’s ceramic-bird sculptures represent the world’s languages In a bare-bones industrial space inside the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC,) artist Rebecca Carlton is assembling three suspended sculptures that represent the world’s languages. About 7,000 languages are spoken around the world, according to the Linguistic Society of America. Carlton wanted to represent all of […]

  • Mapping Out an Art Career: Sophie Parr

    For Sophie Parr, owner of Ellison Bay’s Northern Arts Collective, what started out as a few simple sketches ended up as a full-blown career. “I was doodling a map on a family vacation one winter and I posted it on social media,” Parr said. “Then I did another one, then I did another one, and […]

  • Photography by Jeff Pearcy at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery

    Precious Life: Photography by Jeff Pearcy is on exhibit now in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s (UUFDC) gallery. A Unitarian photographer, Pearcy worked for eight years with the Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services, documenting people in poverty. For four years, he focused on a struggling hospital in a small village called Fallay […]

  • Shooting the Nighttime Skies

    The astrophotography of John Lyon As he approached retirement from his post as a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, John Lyon decided he needed to plan how to use his free time. That led to him combining his long-standing interests in photography and astronomy to come up with astrophotography.  Technically, astrophotographers take […]

  • Local Struggles Reflected in “Vestiges of the Tide”

    by CYNTHIA GERMAIN, founder and president of aging organization Do Good Door County Vestiges of the Tide, the first-floor exhibit on display at Sturgeon Bay’s Miller Art Museum, focuses on a subject that’s relevant to our community: aging. Two artists, Mary Porterfield and Ellen Holtzblatt, join forces in the powerful display, offering images of the […]

  • Ginnie Cappaert Opens New Mexico Gallery

    Ginnie Cappaert, owner of Egg Harbor’s Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, opened a new fine-art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Yearly painting trips to the area inspired Cappaert to buy a house there. As she did so, her longtime friends, Blair Vaughn-Gruler and Ernst Gruler, who are established artists in the area, asked her to open […]

  • Local Artists On Exhibit At Scandia Gallery

    The Meadows Art Gallery, located in the Meadows section of Sister Bay’s Scandia Village retirement center, is entering its 11th year in operation.  Its current show features local artists Keith Bloss and Ben Toyne, both of whom work with paint and pastels to make art that’s full of emotion and energy. Some of their work […]

  • Miller Launches 2024 Artist Open Studio

    The Miller Art Museum’s Artist Open Studio has launched for 2024. The weekly studio session in downtown Sturgeon Bay provides artists of all levels with a place to create and find community. Artists are asked to bring their current project and the necessary supplies.  The event is held weekly on Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 4 […]

  • Kewaunee County Celebrates Youth Art Month

    The National Art Education Association designates March as Youth Art Month, and Algoma is joining in to celebrate young creators in the community.  The month of programming will start with a First Friday event in downtown Algoma. Held on March 1, 5-8 pm, the event will include a juried exhibit highlighting student talent from all […]

  • The Community Impact of Art

    Adam Erickson, nearing a year as PenArt’s executive director, talks about what brought him here and his vision for the organization’s future A speech by cellist Yo-Yo Ma set off a domino effect for Adam Erickson, eventually leading him to become Peninsula School of Art’s executive director.  Erickson was managing the Arts Program of Colorado’s […]

  • Painting a Life in Retirement

    Since moving to Egg Harbor from Mequon in 2019, Mary K. Braza has completed more than 350 paintings. “I paint about four days a week,” said the retired attorney. “I do whatever needs to be done around the house and then start painting around 10:30 or 11, take a break, paint until 4, then have […]

  • Students On Exhibit at Neville Museum

    Art by Sturgeon Bay students is on exhibit now through Feb. 23 at Green Bay’s Neville Museum. The artists were selected to represent their school for the Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) Northeast Regional Art show held at the museum Jan. 23 – Feb. 23. The exhibit features creative works by K-12 students from 34 […]

  • Meet Pen Art’s Artists-in-Residence

    Peninsula School of Art’s current artists-in-residence, Nicole Shaver and Morgan Thomas Shankweiler, will present a drop-in studio tour on Feb. 20, 3:30-5 pm.  During the free event, guests can ask questions, buy original works and enjoy light refreshments. Shaver is a multimedia artist whose work explores the intersection between the natural and the human-made, aiming […]

  • Last Almost Perfect Sale At Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery will host an Almost Perfect Pottery Sale Feb. 10, 11 am – 4 pm. Held in the gallery and online, the sale will be the last of its kind before the gallery closes.  The work for sale, made by resident potter John Dietrich, has small imperfections that may not be visible to […]

  • Creative Power On Exhibit Next At The Miller

    Sturgeon Bay’s Miller Art Museum will reveal a new exhibit on Feb. 14, titled CREATIVE POWER. The exhibit follows Charles L. Peterson in the Permanent Collection, which features 19 works by the nationally-recognized maritime artist. The final day to view Peterson’s work is Feb. 12, 10 am – 7 pm.  CREATIVE POWER is a traveling […]

  • Artist Reception For Archelle “Buttons” Wolst

    The work of Door County still life and portrait painter Archelle “Buttons” Wolst will be featured in the Door County Community Foundation’s lobby gallery. A reception for the exhibit will be held Feb. 16, 4:30-6 pm.  Wolst’s work is defined by simple shapes and strong compositions. For this show, she has painted several friends who […]

  • Paint The Rainbow At Peninsula School of Art

    At this month’s Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art, make your own painting inspired by the work of Ay-O, a Japanese avant-garde artist who used rainbow stripes to outline or fill his silkscreen prints. The workshop is free for families with children ages 3 to seventeen. Participants can drop in from 9 am […]

  • Registration Open For Sievers Classes

    Registration is open now for 2024 classes at Washington Island’s Sievers School of Fiber Arts. Over 35 classes for adults, ranging in length from two days to a week, are scheduled from May to October.  Visit to view the full schedule.