Category: Art Scene

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

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery, Dan Eggert, Door County, art, art gallery

    Door County’s Artistic Identity: The Galleries and Artists of the Peninsula

    Drive down any highway, street, or back road on the peninsula and you’re likely to notice an uncontested truth about Door County: galleries are everywhere. A quick phonebook count brings up 107 all together, though that number is probably low. Each day, it seems, a new gallery opens its doors, an existing one introduces a […]

  • Blue Harmony at the Blue Dolphin House

    Having a successful business, retail or otherwise, is never an overnight process. In order to succeed, you have to be patient, determined, hardworking, in the right place at the right time, and, if you are lucky, you have a strong partner with whom you can share the whole process. Peg and John Lowry, of the […]

  • Romancing with Stone

    When an artist starts a jewelry business during an economic slump with the gold price at a daunting $800 per ounce, is this inexperienced naiveté or people who are serious about their art? Jeri and Jeff Taylor, owners of the jewelry and fine art gallery J. Jeffrey Taylor, in downtown Fish Creek, fall into the […]

  • Friends and Colleagues

    If you’ve ever walked into Fred & Co. and O’Meara’s Irish House in Fish Creek, you may have noticed some similarities in their owners. True, Terry Goettelman and Megan O’Meara could not be mistaken for sisters, yet they seem to be cut from the same cloth. Both women purchased their businesses while in their late […]

  • Composing a Dream: Wence and Sandra Martinez

    The universe pulls us from all directions. From our past, from our future, and from the moment. For Wence Martinez, a full-blooded Zapotec Indian, the pull began two thousand years ago when villagers from Teotitlan began to weave, and continues today at his gallery near Jacksonport, where he and his artist wife, Sandra, run Martinez […]

  • A Potter’s Haven: The Tradition and Art of Pottery in Door County

    Ask anyone who’s been to a pottery studio in Door County and they will probably tell you two things about their experience. First, they’ll tell you that making pottery is more complicated than one might think. It requires dexterity, skill, and an intimate knowledge of clay and glaze combinations, firing techniques, science and art. The […]

  • Pamela Murphy, Door County Living, Door County, artist, Door County artist, art

    Trapped & Rescued

    The pictorial effects and unanswered questions emanating from Pamela Murphy’s paintings suggest she should be in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Instead art collectors from these cities purchase her work while visiting Door County, knowing they have discovered an artist whose work extends past the county’s landscapes to suggest something more familiar. It is […]

  • Putting Me to Sleep in Frog Pajamas

    A redneck and an aspiring artist driving cross-country in a 65-foot roast turkey. A beautiful princess living in the attic of a house surrounded by blackberry brambles, with nothing but a cot, a chamber pot, and a pack of camel cigarettes, philosophizing about love.

  • Chutney: An Ode

    John “Kotar” Kotarski riddles without reason.

  • A Short Dilemma

    It is the first day of summer. All of your friends are calling to come out and play.

  • Alabama Mike among the Rainbow People

    Mr. Norris tells the story of Mike and his Love Cakes.

  • The Song that Lives in a Chambered Shell

    However hard you may search for it
    you will never be able to grasp it
    you can only become it.

    Maslow called it ecstasy.

  • The Tattooed Diver

    The brass bell
    at the end of the dock
    announces his coming.
    Hood pushed back
    his yellow slicker hangs
    open to the kiss of rain
    sprawling its spongy arms
    across the island.

  • Good Intentions and Other Stones in the Road

    In late October the safe margins
    of the day close in like old age.
    The sky drops its blue cap
    under a cloud dense and dark
    as tar.