Holiday Happenings

Sturgeon Bay’s Greco Gallery has only been around for a few years, but it’s already been establishing its own holiday traditions. One is the annual transformation of the gallery’s rear courtyard into a winter wonderland by Josiah Robben and Joseph Lopez of Robben’s Nest Farm ( The garden space, used for art and music events during the warmer months, will soon be draped in fragrant garlands and swags, hung with wreaths, and full of Christmas décor.

Robben and Lopez make their extra-lush wreaths with no less than eight kinds of pine, carefully timing the gathering of the boughs locally and in northern Wisconsin to ensure that their creations are exceptionally long-lasting. They are best known for their traditional, natural wreaths, with pinecones and red or burgundy bows, but also offer a variety of ribbons and will create custom pieces in any style. They have also introduced “Instant Christmas” boxes, a small-scale tree and greens in an antique wooden beer crate.

Another one of Greco Gallery’s new traditions is its “Art is Love“ campaign, an effort to encourage giving the gift of art for the holidays, such as small prints, cards, magnets, up-cycled creations, wearables, jewelry, painting and photography. Learn about the gift registry and check out the artists’ newest work at the Greco Gallery Artists Reception and Winter Open House on Nov. 21, 5 – 8 pm.

Greco Gallery, located on Sturgeon Bay’s historic Third Avenue, is open 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 10 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday; and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. For more information call 920.743.5000 or visit