Hardy’s Fall Exhibition Focuses on Hardy, Hotz

Painting by Francis Howe Hardy.

With Door County’s rich arts community, it comes as no surprise that a legacy of artists continue to inspire the peninsula. Two of these especially prolific artists, Francis Howe Hardy and Ferdinand L. Hotz, are the subjects of the Hardy Gallery’s last exhibit of the 50th anniversary season. Titled “Successful in Business, Extraordinary in Art: The Artistic Legacy of Francis Howe Hardy and Ferdinand L. Hotz,” the exhibit opens Aug. 31 with a reception from 5:30 – 7 pm and runs through Oct. 9.

The exhibit will feature a selection of watercolors by Hardy as well as 75 never-before-seen paintings spanning a 50-year period by Hotz. This exceptionally rich collection will also showcase Hotz’s original sketches, sketchbooks, and a small sampling of his exquisitely crafted jewelry designs.

In addition to the work by Hardy and Hotz, Charles “Chick” L. Peterson will also be highlighted. Peterson created a special work to commemorate the Hardy’s 50th Anniversary, titled “Hardy Doing a Shore Study of Aslag Anderson’s Dock.” In addition to Peterson’s honorary original work, a special historical catalog of the Hardy will be unveiled and made available to the public in September.

The Hardy Gallery is open daily and located on Anderson Dock in Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.2210 or visit