Domicile Art Fair Returns

The 23rd annual Art Fair at Domicile returns Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6, in Sister Bay. The creativity and quality of Domicile’s Wisconsin artisans, all making their only Door County appearance this year, will be highlighted in the orchard surrounding Domicile. Live music is also featured Friday afternoon. Saturday afternoon will feature an essay and poetry reading in the Gallery.

Stroll the grounds and meet the artists displaying jewelry, stained glass, Door County drawings, functional and decorative wooden accessories, carvings, rag rugs, handbags, beaded scarves and accessories, paintings, metal sculpture and more. Fair hours are 10 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday. Quality, affordability and friendly artists are the hallmark of this event.

In the unique Domicile tradition, several artists will be demonstrating their techniques and craft during the Fair. Ron Odegaard turns wood at the lathe. Choose a piece of wood and watch as it is turned into a unique pen or bottle stopper before your eyes. Watch Fritz Seybold carve his signature owl for kids of all ages. Pat Bishop crafts a pendant from stained glass just for you. Sue Vineyard paints while you watch. See Rick Harabes spin llama fiber into yarn on a spinning wheel. Purchase some of this unique fiber to take home with you. If weather permits, Rick is hopeful the llamas will join him at the fair this year.

Music will be featured Friday afternoon of the fair. The Birch Creek Jazz Ambassadors perform a free concert at 1 pm. This student group travels from Birch Creek Performance Center, Egg Harbor. Founded in 1976, Birch Creek offers talented young musicians the opportunity to perform publicly alongside top musical professionals and to experience life as a professional musician. These young men and women will amaze you. Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert in the shade of the apple trees.

On Saturday, Domicile welcomes Wisconsin author Richard E. Carter, reading selections from his book, Through the Cabin Door. Join him in the Gallery at 1 pm for essays and poetry about his deep connection with the natural world. A life-long observer of nature, Richard has taken many journeys into the heart of nature and his own in search of deeper connections with the world. He has published his poetry in several regional literary magazines and his articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications devoted to nature and aviation. Illustrations for this book were created by Carolyn Kenney-Carter. Drawing and watercolor provide the ideal media for her expressive work, whether she is depicting scenes or subjects from the wilds or those from her daily life. Her watercolors may be viewed in the Gallery at Domicile.

On Saturday, Domicile also welcomes special exhibitor and friend of Domicile, Joe Miller. Hailing from Bailey’s Harbor, Joe is an avid sports card collector. He welcomes you to browse his exhibition and sale of collectible sports cards and to share memories and stories of all things sports.

Domicile and The Gallery at Domicile will be open during the Fair. Domicile features wood, fiber, metal, glass, clay and paper, handmade in Wisconsin displayed in an historic home of stovewood construction. Domicile is the exclusive venue in Door County for over 75 Wisconsin artists and craftspeople. Located on the grounds in an old granary, the new Gallery at Domicile continues the twenty- year tradition of featuring handmade Wisconsin art. The current exhibit is “Woven Aspects.” All of Domicile’s artists were challenged to create a piece in the theme “woven aspects.” Come see the results of many Wisconsin artists working within one theme. Featured artists include Ann Baer, David Haessig, Jane Kayser, Carolyn Kenney-Carter, Judy Laubmeier, Ann Preston, Judith Rheberg, Fritz Seybold, and Sue Vineyard. Domicile and The Gallery at Domicile are open seasonally, May through October. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Plenty of convenient parking is available next door at Schoolhouse Park. Refreshments, including Wisconsin bratwurst, will be available on the grounds. Domicile is located at 10592 Highway 57 in Sister Bay, just one block south of the Highway 42/57 intersection at the corner of Canterbury Lane and Highway 57. For more information or directions, please call 920.854.9005.