Restorative Power of Photography

“Misty Glade” by Susan Wemmert.

Nature’s restorative power serves as inspiration for the Door County Art League Gallery’s artists of the week Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, photographer Clarence Scherer and photographic montage artist Susan Wemmert.

Scherer, who owns A Decorator’s Gallery in Egg Harbor with his wife Mary Anne, focuses on Door County landscapes and the hidden wonders of nature. He was always interested in photography but did not make a serious pursuit of it until he studied with naturalist and nature photographer Roy Lukes in 2005. Since then he has documented the villages, roadways, farms and parks of Door County, as well as unique natural settings that many people overlook. He does his own printing on fine art paper, photo paper and canvas.

For Wemmert, growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin and now residing in Door County has instilled in her “a deep appreciation of nature’s beautiful canvas and the restorative power of art.” Combining collage and digital photography offers endless possibilities for her exploration of the natural setting. Photographic montage has allowed her to “tap into my creative spirit,” said Wemmert, who draws much of the inspiration from her woodland home outside of Baileys Harbor.

The Door County Art League Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. It is located in the courtyard of the Top of the Hill shops in Fish Creek. For more information visit