Sturgeon Bay’s Art Invasion

New art projects abound, in the air and on the ground, this summer in Sturgeon Bay. Artists from Door County, Wisconsin and Illinois worked all winter to create their interpretations of Sturgeon Bay, and project them onto either canvas or an Adirondack-style bench.

These two new street art projects – “Sites in the City” and “Benches by the Bay” – are now out in the public spaces of downtown Sturgeon Bay. The canvases that artists painted in their chosen medium, have been transferred onto vinyl banners and are hung on light poles around the city.

“The artists outdid themselves with their interpretations of what they appreciate about our city,” said Pam Seiler, Executive Director, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC). “The diversity of subjects is fantastically fun, and our businesses were excited to display the art in their stores.”

All of the original canvases will be exhibited at sponsoring Sturgeon Bay businesses during the summer, and raffled off August 15. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Artists Guild, Bay Shore Outfitters, Bank of Luxemburg, Frozen Spoon, SBVC and T. Simon Jewelers.

Benches by the Bay is the newest interpretation of the city’s three-dimensional art on the streets. The sturgeon are taking a hiatus, as the SBVC explores this new project. Artists used either the blank canvas of a two-seat, Adirondack-style cedar bench made by John Rosenthal and Glen VanderVelden, tech education teachers at Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door Schools, respectively, or crafted their own from a variety of materials. These weather resistant benches will be on display around the city throughout the summer. The benches will be auctioned off at a live auction following Harvest Festival on Sept. 17.

For more information, call 920.743.6246, or visit the SBVC at 36 S. Third Avenue.

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