The Gallery at Domicile Hosts “Second Wind Exhibit”

The newly opened Gallery at Domicile in Sister Bay will showcase its first annual “Second Wind Exhibit” June 27 – July 18 at its familiar location on Highway 57 in Sister Bay. Almost a dozen artists will be featured, all of whom have had decades of fitting their art around family, careers and other demands.

The featured artists – Ann Baer, Pat Bishop, Judy Callen, Susan Kennelly, Jane Kayser, Judy Laubmeier, Judith Rheberg, Fritz Seybold, Kae Taylor and Sue Vineyard – can now devote themselves full time to producing their amazing and affordable art, in their own lives’ “second wind.”

During the three weeks of the exhibit, at least one of the artists will be on hand each weekend to demonstrate their work and offer those interested a bit of the story of their personal creative journey. Sue Vineyard, Jane Kayser and Judith Rheberg will be available to greet visitors opening day of the “Second Wind Exhibit,” Saturday, June 27. They will be drawing, painting and chatting.

Even the setting of this exhibit has its own “second wind” – or possibly its third. The 100-plus-year-old wooden building was once a granary scheduled to be torn down to make way for new construction directly across Highway 57 from the popular Domicile. Open for more than 20 years in Sister Bay, Domicile features art and fine craft by Wisconsin artisans working in wood, fiber, metal, glass, clay and paper.

In 1999, Domicile co-owner John Kayser rescued the historic granary and had it moved across the highway to its current location next to Domicile’s rare stovewood construction farm house. He then restored it, adding a public bathroom, front porch and board walk connecting the two buildings.

His love of antiques and collectibles led him to turn the renovated structure into a shop aptly named “Stuff” where visitors could find just about anything from the past. After his passing in 2006, a new purpose for the building was sought, thus giving rise to the Gallery at Domicile, which opened Memorial Day Weekend 2009.

The Gallery at Domicile offers a wide variety of original works including oil and acrylic paintings, stained glass, watercolors, metal sculpture, wood carving, ceramics, pen & ink, Batik and Door County Landmark drawings. All of the art offered there is created by Wisconsin or Door County artists only and is sensibly priced. One corner of the Gallery is devoted to the history of the Granary, with artifacts from long ago – a touch of “Stuff” still on site.

The Gallery at Domicile is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays, 11 am – 4 pm at 10592 Hwy 57, on the south end of Sister Bay near the Hwy 42/57 intersection. For more information call 920.854.9005.