Crawl Up North

Pottery from Ellison Bay Pottery.

As the weather forecast becomes more promising everyday, the Ellison Bay Arts group is holding its annual Spring Art Crawl on May 17 & 18, 10 am to 5 pm.

Brochures with a map are available at each participating establishment and the Ellison Bay information booth.

Rob Williams Studio Gallery (753 Isle View Road) is participating in the crawl for the first time. The watercolor and oil paintings of Williams will be shown along with his wife Shirley’s photos.

Bonnie Paruch Gallery of Fine Art (11249 County Road ZZ) will introduce a new collection of 20 small paintings by painter and author Paruch. Guests may register to win a free copy of her latest book, A Door County Troll Story.

The Savory Spoon Cooking School (12042 Highway 42) offers hands-on classes to expand culinary skills. Visit to see available classes.

The Clearing Folk School (12171 Garrett Bay Road) will have a door prize drawing and docent tours both days. The bookstore, gift shop and property will be open.

Clay Bay Pottery (11650 Highway 42) celebrates 38 years, and will have a variety of covered jars, plates, and bowls with a bird and “tree of life” theme made by David and Jeanne Aurelius. Fellow artists and potters will also show their work. There will be demonstrations on creating hand-built bird forms.

Ellison Bay Pottery (12156 Garrett Bay Road) potters John Dietrich and Diane McNeil are celebrating their 40th year making functional and decorative stoneware pottery, including planters, vases and a variety of pottery items. If it’s raining, they will hold demonstrations in the studio. If it’s clear, they will fire in their raku kiln.

Gills Rock Stoneware (12020 Lakeview Road) will show new work, including electric lamps and vases. Thor will offer samples from his wood-fire oven.

Turtle Ridge

Linden Gallery (12001 Mink River Road) is opening their doors for the first time and color is the keyword for the season. New treasures from China and Vietnam include hand-painted furniture, lacquer paintings, refined tableware and ethnic textiles. Door County jeweler Angela Lensch will also show her jewelry inspired by a journey to Jaipur, India, where she worked with the Women’s Artisan Coop to create beads from old saris.

Turtle Ridge Studio Gallery (11736 Mink River Road will introduce the Chameleon Bag, which has bright color blocking on one side and reverses to all black, so it can be used year round. Intricately tooled and hand-painted classics will also be offered. The studio will be open for a hands-on miniature leather mosaic sampler to make and take home.

Island Orchard Cider House (12040 Garrett Bay Road) specializes in Normandy-style ciders. Visit their Cider House to see the process of fermenting and bottling handcrafted ciders, and enjoy samples. There cider is gluten-free and 6.9 percent alcohol.

Cousin’s Walk (11940 Lakeview Road) features hand-painted furniture, pillows and folk art items. Marcie turns old things into new each year, and this year there will be collages on weathered wood.