Goats and Fine Art Meet in Sister Bay

Ten-year-old Austin Curtis of Michigan works on his art project during the Door County Festival of Fine Arts.

Door County artists tested a new medium this year – plywood goats – and found great joy in the project. Door County Festival of Fine Arts (DCFFA) organizers cut life-sized goats out of plywood and handed over the blank “canvases” to 14 artists trained in a variety of artistic styles. Each goat is now on display as part of the “Goats on Poles” public art and festival promotion project in downtown Sister Bay. The 10th annual DCFFA is scheduled for August 10, 10 am – 5 pm, in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.

Each artist who participates in the festival shows off their talent by selling their finished pieces and by demonstrating their artistic process to the public at least two times during the day. Demonstrations are unique to the festival and bring an air of participation and engagement from the public.

“By demonstrating our techniques, I work to open up the doors that have been opened for me,” said Sister Bay-based artist Tom Seagard. “I invite people in, to their level of expression and understanding, so they too can understand the artistic process.”

Artist Ernest Beutel demonstrates his technique at the Door County Festival of Fine Arts in Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.

The festival also includes a free drawing for pieces of fine artwork, donated by participating artists, and an activities tent, where art lovers of all ages can unleash their creativity through a variety of mediums.

“When you give children (and adults) an opportunity, they express themselves effortlessly, all you have to do is get out of their way,” said Seagard.

Whether they travel the world or Wisconsin for inspiration, DCFFA features only artists who call Door County home or use the peninsula as a base of operations. For more information, call 920.854.2812 or visit