Door County Galleries and Art – Michael Doerr to Host Artist’s Talk in Fairfield’s Main Gallery

Dining Set by Michael Doerr.

On Thursday, September 11, the Fairfield Art Center in downtown Sturgeon Bay will welcome acclaimed Door County-based artist Michael Doerr for an Artist’s Talk in the first-floor Main Gallery. The event is being held in conjunction with his new exhibition, “Michael Doerr: Contemporary Woodworks,” which opened on August 21.

The artist’s talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. It is open free to the public, and refreshments will be served. As guests listen to Doerr’s presentation, they will learn about his artistic vision and processes in the midst of his distinctive finished pieces.

Rocker by Michael Doerr.

Doerr is a self-described “solo studio artisan.” He designs and builds handmade wooden furniture in a variety of unique designs for both residential and commercial purposes. Since he founded Doerr Woodworking in 1989, he has developed a national and international clientele. Furniture historian Oscar Fitzgerald included his work in the Parson School of Design/Smithsonian Institute lecture series on contemporary American crafts. His awards include Honorable Mention in CWB Magazine’s Design Portfolio in 2001 and 2006;

2002 Niche Award nominee; and the 2006 Prima Award for “Best New Product” in Fine Furniture International Magazine.

Doerr also is an accomplished teacher. He has lectured at Northern Michigan University’s Design School, at the Penland School of Craft and at the Arrowmont School of Crafts. His furniture has been prominently featured in Woodshop News Magazine and Door County Magazine, and his work and story were included with those of masters James Krenov, Sam Maloof and George Nakasima in the book “Craft Furniture: The Legacy of the Human Hand” by Dennis Blankenmeyer.

Double Stool by Michael Doerr.

“Michael Doerr: Contemporary Woodworks” will run through Friday, October 10.

The Fairfield Art center is open free to the public from 10 am – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 am – 8 pm Thursday; and 10 am – 4 pm Saturday.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions and events, and to learn more about becoming a Friend of the Fairfield or supporting the art center through volunteering, call 920.746.0001, send email to [email protected] or visit

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