Door County Art Scene: The Clearing Student’s Work On Display

Chris Ford and his niece view instructor Erik Rinkleff’s student’s “Cellarman” wood carvings.

Over 230 people came to view The Clearing Folk School’s annual Student Exhibit February 28 and March 1 at the Sister Bay Village Hall. The hundreds of items on display were created by The Clearing’s Winter Program students during the January and February classes.

The exhibit featured a wide variety of items in the arts, fine crafts, natural sciences and humanities from over 120 classes that were taught by 80 volunteer instructors. More than 600 students participated again this year in the Winter Program with classes held on The Clearing campus and in some homes and local businesses. Classes included creating stained glass panels, fine woodworking, philosophical discussions, literature review, painting in multiple mediums, including a plein air class, knitting, hiking, snowshoeing, films, food, wine and The Big Read focus on Tom Sawyer.

Many of the student’s works continue to be displayed as part of the Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance (PAHA) exhibit at The Link Gallery in the Door Community Auditorium. The Clearing is a member of PAHA ( More of The Clearing students’ work can also be viewed at the Sister Bay Library during the month of March.

Bauernmalerei paintings by Don Buchholz (left) and Roberta Kutlik from instructor Marjory Allingham’s class.

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