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Gifts and Good Cheer

Bowl from Clay Bay Pottery

Ellison Bay Arts welcomes everyone to the Holiday Open House Nov. 28 & 29, 10 am – 5 pm. Make the holidays special with handmade gifts, decor and good cheer in Ellison Bay.

Three pottery studio/galleries – Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay Pottery and Gills Rock Stoneware – will present a wide array of seasonal and traditional pottery. Island Orchard Cider House will be open for tastings of their cherry, apple and pear ciders. Turtle Ridge Gallery will showcase a colorful selection of handbags, hand-dyed wearable art and accessories.

Mary Ellen Sisulak of Turtle Ridge will present her new children’s book, Pinklieee! A book-signing event will take place on Nov. 29 from 10 am – 5 pm. Explaining her inspiration for the book, Sisulak said, “In spring this year I took a workshop at Write On, Door County with well-known author/illustrator Nancy Carlson. Immediately a door was opened for me. I had written stories for my children when they were small, but had an artistic block about illustrating them. I had recently found out that I was to be a grandmother and this inspired me to move ahead. Illustrating the story was just a delight using ink, watercolor pencils and watercolors. Then the hard part, getting it ready to format, publish, print and market. All of these things took much more time and research than I ever thought possible. I really wanted to present it to my son and his wife when their baby came in October, but I was running out of time, so I printed and hand-bound a copy for them, so they would be the first to see it finished. Now the book has been printed and is ready for the public.”

Shop local and handmade to make holiday gifts unique. For more information visit ellisonbayarts.com.