Helsinki’s of Door County Hangs Work of Martinez Studio

The large-scale tapestry and paintings of featured artist duo Wence and Sandra Martinez will transform the newly painted red walls of Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar from July 1 – August 28.

At Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, Wence produces contemporary tapestries of his and Sandra’s designs. He studied gobelin weaving techniques and wool dying in Mexico City at the Taller Nacional de Tapiz. While his work is modern in design, he maintains the use of traditional two harness “walking” looms, hand-spun wools from his native area in Mexico, and dyes the yarn himself using vegetal and analine dyes.

Sandra’s paintings are done on thin paper using acrylic washes and sumi ink. The works are floated in deep shadow box frames, allowing the paper itself to become an object.

For 30 years the making of a signature glyph imagery has been her way of suggesting how spirit infuses life. Her latest figures seem to have multiple heads and barbs, reflecting her response to the contemporary raging public discourse.

Small collections of handbags and enamel jewelry featuring Sandra’s designs will be available at the Trunk Show Reception on July 7 from 5 pm to close at Mr. Helsinki.

Martinez Studio, open 10 am – 5 pm daily, is located 1 mile south of Jacksonport on Highway 57. For more information call 920.823.2154 or vist

Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar, located in downtown Fish Creek just above the Fish Creek Market, is open at 5 pm daily. For more information call 920.868.9898 or visit

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