Metalwork at Wearable Art Show

The Door County Wearable Art Show is back for another year, Sept. 18-19 in the Sister Bay Village Hall. Meet 10 artists, each with unique and highly developed approaches to their work. Two of the featured artists are Deb Rades of Shawano and Steve Mitchell of St Charles, Ill. Both artists work in metal and their work references the past and the present.

Rades is a bead and chainmail artist. She is a self-taught artist who makes glass bead and chainmail handbags and accessories. Her line also includes fashion belts, shoe clips, hair clips and coin purses. Rades will share her work and answer questions during the festivities.  

Mitchell is a newcomer to the show, but he has been selling his work at Turtle Ridge Gallery in Ellison Bay for a few years. He attributes his career move to jeweler to his wife, who signed him up for a jewelry class 10 years ago. Mitchell’s work is all hand fabricated of mostly sterling and fine silver, and semi-precious stones. By using patinas, Mitchell creates a time worn appearance to his linear, abstract style of metal working, resulting in eye catching work that has an innovative look combined with a weathered aged feel.

Door County Wearable Art Show runs Aug. 18, 9 am – 5 pm, and Aug. 19, 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information visit

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