High Point Neighbors: 42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

42nd Street Accents at the Green Gables Shops in North Ephraim

As customers enter 42nd Street Accents, they are treated to the soothing sounds of Newell Oler.  Whether they are looking for a distinctive jeweled accent of amber, larimar, or other fine jewelry, or the perfect accessory for their home – handblown glass vases, bowls, lamps, or pottery – 42nd Street Accents is a “must see” for every Door County shopper!

In addition, 42nd Street Accents is now a Vortex optics dealer.  Put your eyes behind a pair of our Viper binoculars, named “Best of the Best” by Field and Stream, and enjoy the beauty of Door County!

“One of my friends says ‘You only want to hear Oler’s music on days of the week ending in “Y.”’ Frank O’Byrne – Ranchester, WY

“Just walking through the door was enough…the energy of calm and beauty pervaded!” Doris Klein, Milwaukee, WI

“42nd Street Accents has some of the most beautiful vases and tapestries!” Jim Brundahl – Wauwatosa, WI.

“Very tasteful!  Very beautiful!  42nd Street Accents has a unique elegance!” Cathy Neumeier – Gleason, WI

42nd Street Accents is located in the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim –just minutes away from High Point Inn.  Get all your shopping done under one roof.  Visit us at the Green Gables, one of Door County’s favorite shopping destinations!

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery First Artist Reception of 2009, Saturday, May 23

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist's Reception

Fine Line Designs Gallery Artist Reception

Three artists inspired by sweeping landscape and nature set the scene for Fine Line Designs Gallery’s first exhibit.   The artist reception for Exhibit I is scheduled for Saturday, May 23 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Featured artists  Sally Mortenson-Korolewski, Ken Bronikowski, and Gene Reineking will be on hand to meet and greet visitors as well as discuss their work.  Reineking will also be part of a special artist demo on Sunday, May 24 from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Exhibit I runs May 15 – June 10.

Sally Mortenson-Korolewski’s medium of choice is egg tempera with watercolor – and says that this specialized technique allows her to build layers of color into her paintings – “similar to the layers of an onion.”  “The egg/water mixture, when added to the paint, creates this beautiful luster,” she says.  “The depth and color that can be achieved is simply beautiful.”  The last student of the late Gerhard C.F. Miller, Mortenson loves to paint grand landscapes and architectural subjects – anything with a “strong element in the work.”  “Gerhard always said that watercolor was the ‘sportiest medium,” Mortenson says, “And I wholeheartedly agree.  It’s an unpredictable and often uncontrollable medium – and that’s precisely why I’m intrigued with it.”

Oil painter Ken Bronkowski often paints with a limited palette of only four or five colors, and he says that these few colors “keep him honest” in his work.  “I try to be very honest in my art, concentrating on draftsmanship, values (light and dark), edges, temperature, and color.”  The particular concentration on temperature rather than values is of great importance to him – an ideal instilled in his from his studies under William Mosby at the Academy of Art in Chicago.  “Mosby’s favorite quote was ‘Never change a value in a painting until you have to. Always change the temperature first – and that’s why I tend to paint warm to cool instead of light to dark.”  Bronkowski tends to paint landscapes and still lifes, but finds that he especially enjoys painting portraits, which are a constant learning device for him.  “Art is a continual learning experience for me,” he says.  “A new painting is akin to attending school.”

A former studio potter, Gene Reineking turned to wood sculpture after a hand injury, and began to draw his inspiration from the creatures and forms that inhabit the woodlands, lakes, and streams that surround his studio in the glacial moraine country of Central Wisconsin.  As a result of his surroundings, his work for the Fine Line show will consist primarily of stylized mammals and birds such as hawks, herons, eagles, and sandhill cranes – “mostly animals that I know,” Reineking says.  “It’s so much more enjoyable to carve something I’m farmiliar with.”  Carving out of wood burl from trees growing in Oregon and California that are often five feet wide by ten feet high, Reineking’s free-standing and wall-mounted sculptures can range anywhere from two to six feet. Gene will be onsite demonstrating his carving techniques on Sunday, May 24 from 11-2pm.

High Point Neighbors: The Shops & Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables

The Shops and Gardens of Green Gables, located in North Ephraim on Hwy 42, are home to a variety of shops and a great cafe.  However, the beautiful perennial gardens, created and lovingly tended by Peter Buergin-Witt, have become the “billboard” for this unique shopping complex.

During one season, hundreds of people stop to stroll, photograph or just enjoy the delightful sights and smells of “Peter’s Gardens”.  Peter graciously gives of his time and knowledge (which reaches far beyond gardening) to lead FREE tours of the gardens every Wednesday at 11:00 am. These tours have become a “Door County Must Stop” for both amateur and master gardeners alike.

Located within Green Gables are the following establishments:

The Perfect Beads (for both professional and amateur beaders)
American Folklore Theatre (Ticket Office)
Scrimshanders Gallery (scrimshaw by resident artist, Gary Kiracofe)
42nd Street Accents (a boutique like no other)
Rustic Fish Gallery (carvings by Eric Rinkleff)
Windflower Gifts (home decor and Ephraim green pottery)
Mill Road Cafe (great lunches featuring Judy’s own recipes)

More information can be found at www.shoppingindoorcounty.com