McCaulley Celebrates Door County Nature with Solo Exhibit

The unpredictable weather, dramatic seasons and ever-changing landscape of the Door Peninsula have inspired a collection of artwork by local artist John McCaulley that will welcome a new year of exhibits at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay.

The solo fine art exhibit, Simplicity, celebrates the complexities of Door County’s seasons, terrain and landscape with the simple use of line, texture, color and space in a variety of media.

“Flowage Series” by John McCaulley.

“That’s a big influence as far as what my artwork is about but then there is also more in-depth about nature and a connection with nature and appreciating it for what it is,” McCaulley said. “The beauty of it and how a lot of it has to do with the spontaneity of nature and the spontaneity creates this elegance about it. That’s what I really like about it. Trying to create this elegance with line and texture, this whole atmosphere.”

The exhibit borrows its name from a recent series of pen-and-ink drawings McCaulley created after drawing inspiration from trees, random cracks in stones, and the intertwining of nature. Those drawings will share space in the month-long exhibit with a selection of textured prints and nature photography.

“The photography I have is based off of nature as well but it’s this blending of images together to create new images so it’s that random spontaneity of nature, how this cycle is all connected,” McCaulley said.

Simplicity marks McCaulley’s first big step into the Door County art scene. A native of the county, McCaulley is also known for being the lead guitarist of local country band Modern Day Drifters.

“Purity Series” by John McCaulley.

After graduation from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 2010 and a few years spent playing music in Madison, McCaulley returned to the peninsula. He is currently pursuing an art education certification from UW – Green Bay and is a student teacher at Sturgeon Bay Middle School.

He credits his experience with the art students of Sturgeon Bay for reigniting his interest in creating art.

“I’m hoping this is a start for me as far as being able to get more involved with the art community in Door County and being able to show my work elsewhere,” McCaulley said. “I really haven’t really tried to do that yet until recently and between student teaching and being with the students, it has motivated me to continue my own artwork.”

The opening reception takes place from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Glas Coffeehouse, 67 E. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay. McCaulley and his brother Mike will perform during the reception as the duo Dulce Periculum, named in honor of their family crest and motto.


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