Ellison Bay Arts Fall Art Crawl

There are many good reasons to visit Ellison Bay in the fall and here’s one more: the Ellison Bay Arts 6th Annual Fall Art Crawl on Oct. 25 and 26.

An art crawl is like a treasure hunt and a party all rolled into one. The artists of Ellison Bay have been getting ready to host their popular Fall Art Crawl, creating new pottery, handbags, recipes, dress designs, painted furniture, happy surprises and lagniappes.

For example, at Cousin’s Walk, (11940 Lakeview Rd.) Marcy Farber will demonstrate how she, using her own designs, paints on furniture, clothing, etc. And as a special surprise, she will be giving away some of her work and holding a drawing for a door prize.

For those with food on the mind on Saturday morning, head to the Savory Spoon Cooking School and Marketplace, (12042 Hwy. 42) where Janice Thomas will teach Omelets 101 and serve fabulous items on her Rise and Shine menu.

At the Newport House (12044 Hwy 42) Jan Jenkins and Carol Lango will have antiques, folk art, carvings (some made on site by Carol) and lovely paintings on display.

Food and pottery go together, so head on over to Gills Rock Stoneware (12020 Lakeview Rd.). Enjoy fresh bread and other food baked in their new wood fired brick oven while Thor and Judy Thoreson show and tell the ceramic process from raw clay to finished pieces.

Around the block is Linden Gallery (12001 Mink River Rd), a veritable museum-like space full of stunning Asian antiques and contemporary Chinese art, presented by Jeanee and Brian Linden, who are experts in Chinese culture and art.

For those looking for more pottery, a stop at Jeanne and David Aurelius’ Clay Bay Pottery (11650 Hwy. 42) on the way into Ellison Bay will be bountiful. David will be throwing and Jeanne will be creating her well-known “Shoreline Girls.” Check out their new Christmas ornaments, handmade refreshments and enter the drawing for one of those Lady Vases.

Visit The Clearing (12171 Garrett Bay Rd), an adult education and retreat center based on the Danish Folk School concept. The Visitor Center will be open from 11 am – 4 pm for people to pick up a catalog, indulge in some refreshments and get inspired. Demos will be offered by Clearing instructors. A docent led tour of the property will take place on Sat. at 1 pm. Reservations are encouraged. (920.854.4088)

Across from The Clearing is Ellison Bay Pottery Studios (12156 Garrett Bay Rd), where John Dietrich and Diane McNeil will host their 5th Annual Fall Raku Rock-Out on Saturday. Enjoy refreshments and hot cider from Seaquist’s Farm Market and award winning fruit wines from Orchard Country Winery while you watch the potters get all fired up.

Finally, don’t miss Turtle Ridge (11736 Mink River Rd) down Mink River Rd. Mary Ellen Sisulak and her creative team have new bags (‘Bella’ & ‘Boat Bag’), recycled t-shirt dresses and patterned knits and jewelry to complement the clothing. Local musician Jeanne Kuhns will play Saturday night from 4 – 7 pm.

Participating businesses will be open from 10 am – 5 pm for the 6th Annual Fall Art Crawl. For more information call Cousin’s Walk at 920.854.1926; Savory Spoon at 920.854.6600; Newport House at 920.854.2621; Gills Rock Stoneware at 920.854.2774; Linden Gallery at 920.854.2487; Clay Bay Pottery at 920.854.5027; The Clearing at 920.854.4088; Ellison Bay Pottery Studios at 920.854.5049; or Turtle Ridge Gallery at 920.854.4839.