Inspired by Nature: “Reading The Ridges”

“End of the Swale Trail” by Brigitte Kozma, who says of her artwork, “Walking the swales in hip boots during the season’s change gave me this wonderful subject.”

The beautiful landscapes and wildflowers of The Ridges Sanctuary have inspired scientists, writers and artists for well over 100 years. “Reading the Ridges” an invitational art exhibit featuring original work inspired by, or reflective of, The Ridges will be on display at the Door Community Auditorium’s Link Gallery in Fish Creek from March 1 to April 12, 2010. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artists at the Auditorium Sunday, February 28, from 1 – 3 pm.

This is the first showing of work inspired by The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor and its property on Logan Creek near Jacksonport. The exhibit will include photographs, watercolors, oils, and pastels, as well as dimensional works in wood, glass, metal, and clay in a wide variety of styles and personal expressions.

Fifty Door County artists have created works reflecting the pristine beauty and ecological character of The Ridges Sanctuary, the most biologically diverse area in the state and the jewel of Door County’s natural areas. Ancient shorelines of Lake Michigan form the ridges and swales creating a unique environment abundant with wildflowers such as lady-slippers and fringed gentians, as well as pristine forests and wetlands. Home to the Federally endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and 13 rare or endangered plants, The Ridges is a place of inspiration and reflection for Door County visitors and residents.

“Reading the Ridges” is sponsored by Espresso Lane, Ecology Sports, Hide Side Corner Store, Main Street Market and the Homestead Suites.

Link Gallery hours are 10 am – 2 pm. For more information on any of The Ridges’ programs, call 920.839.2802, or visit