In Memoriam: Ginka Cohn Dies at 87

Well-known Door County artist and dance instructor Ginka Cohn died Saturday at age 87. Cohn founded the Potters Wheel Gallery in Fish Creek with her husband, potter Abe Cohn, in 1956.

Ginka was the ever-present face of the gallery, known to offer impromptu dance lessons and a willing smile to those who visited.

According to her obituary, Cohn studied dance in New York City under modern dance luminaries Louis Horst, Hanya Holm, and others, and later with Jose Limon in Cambridge, MA. She returned to Wisconsin to major in dance at the University of Wisconsin –Madison. She taught children and performed in Milwaukee, and as a young mother her live dance/exercise program Figure Fun aired on WTMJ-TV.

She formed the Peninsula Dance Council and served as the primary teacher for Peninsula Dance in the 1960s, teaching continuously during summers through 2007.

Ginka and Abe have long appreciated and supported the arts and the environment of Door County. If you choose, donations in Ginka’s memory may be offered to Peninsula Music Festival, American Folklore Theatre, or the Door County Land Trust.

A celebration of her life will be announced this summer. Online condolences may be offered at