High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery Final Artist Reception of 2009, Thursday, August 6


The works of two distinctly different Door County artists are the focal point of Fine Line Design Gallery’s final exhibit, which runs from Thursday, August 6 through Thursday, September 10. The exhibit reception occurs the evening of Thursday, August 6 from 4 – 8 pm. Metal sculptor/furniture builder Nathan Hatch and oil painter Pamela Murphy will be featured. The artist’s will be on hand to meet and greet and discuss their works.

Wine and hors d’ oeuvres will be served from 6-8 pm.

We hope you can join us for a wonderful evening of beautiful art and pleasant conversation.

Pamela Murphy found her inspiration for her oil paintings through old photographs she would find at garage sales.  “I could understand how they ended up there – if someone is unable to remember, the people in the photographs become strangers,” Murphy says.  Not wanting these memories to end up in the trash, Murphy began collecting these photos and eventually began using the figures from the images as her “models.”  These models are placed on a textured canvas, which Murphy creates by sanding and scraping layers of paint off the canvas.

Murphy likes how the distressed surface of the canvas complements her subject matter, saying, “There’s a sense of history in the canvas revealed in the layers of the paint.” Besides her oil paintings, Murphy is also revealing a series of distemper (glue paint) works, which she has never shown in Door County. Murphy’s oil paintings tend to be more impressionistic; her distemper paintings linear and lyrical.

During the month of August, Pamela will be having a satellite show at Mr. Helsinki’s in Fish Creek. The show will be a retrospective of past works. It will be on display from August 1st – 30th.

Working with his “comfort materials” of wood, metal, and other raw materials, sculptor and furniture builder Nathan Hatch finds his ultimate reward as an artist is when his work becomes part of someone’s daily life – especially when that person might not always be conscious of it.  Hatch tends to place more importance on the “structural integrity” of a piece rather than trying to convey a specific emotion. “My work is more about my love for certain design elements – shapes and curves – rather than an emotion I’m hoping to convey.”

Hatch tends to gravitate towards the creation of larger sculptures, saying that they invite investigation among his viewers.  “I admire the strong sense of place a larger piece has,” Hatch says.  “Structures of that magnitude, no matter how simple they are in form, are always impressive.”  Starting out with the most fundamental products that he can, Hatch says it is most rewarding to transform that rough-hewn piece of wood or metal into a polished sculpture or a piece of furniture – and the result of those rewards is materials of wood, metal, and glass translated into crisp and clean designs.

Stay in Door County’s most picturesque village and get a great deal from the High Point Inn

Enjoy everything Door County has to offer and save money! July and August mean festivals, art openings, great bike riding weather, boating on Green Bay, a variety of dining experiences, cherry season, the performing arts and more! Let the staff at the High Point Inn pamper you as you enjoy our outstanding facilities: our spacious, luxury suites; our indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpool;  library and game rooms. And our Ephraim location is a perfect northern Door starting point for any Door County vacation. Come join us and take advantage of this great offer.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Blue Dolphin House

The work of acrylic artist Brenda Wenberg

The work of acrylic artist Brenda Wenberg

Blue Dolphin House and BHD Studio are pleased to have Brenda Wenberg , as part of the “Afternoon with the Artist” Series on Sunday,  July 19, 2009,in the Gardens of Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio.  Brenda will be exploring the “Green” aspects of Acrylic Painting through recycling of a painting.  An exhibit of Brenda’s recent paintings will continue at BDH Studio throughout the year.

“I layer, scratch, dab on color, glob on acrylic paint, and then perhaps repaint the whole piece.  But, if I had a challenging and interesting time that work is a success for me.  My paintings are primarily non-objective, sometimes expressing humor, always with little regard for  “correct” color, shape or perspective.” Brenda taught kindergarten, raised four children, directed a religious education program, and is now a grandmother to six, while following a desire to create art.  Born, raised, educated and living in central Wisconsin her non-representational acrylic paintings incorporate spontaneity, humor and a childlike quality. Reflecting her interest in bold color, texture, and pattern the pieces express her love of life. Her work has been exhibited in national, state and local shows, most recently at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, Wisconsin.

The “Afternoon with the Artist” demonstrations and exhibitions at Blue Dolphin House and BDH Studio are open to the public and free of charge. Blue Dolphin House, recipient of the Top 25 Retailers of American Crafts in 2006 Award, is located on the northern end of Ephraim at 10320 N. Water Street, Hwy 42.  For more information call 920-854-4113 or www.bluedolphinhouse.com for a full listing of all events.

Stay at Door County’s High Point Inn this weekend (Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11) and dine free in northern Door!

The High Point Inn celebrates the great tastes of northern Door County restaurants! The High Point Inn has a special offer for our previous guests and our “Door County High Points” blog readers: Stay with us this coming Friday and Saturday night – July 10th and 11th -  and receive a gift certificate to one of our outstanding northern Door County restaurants!

Maybe you want to return to an old favorite, or maybe you want to try a new place. Either way, it’s your choice.

Contact us: Toll Free: 800-595-6894 or at info@highpointinn.com
(Don’t see your favorite restaurant on our list? Let us know who it is and we will ask them to participate.)

Your choice of an $80, $60 or $40 gift certificate. Choose one of the following Door County restaurants:

$80.00 certificate from:
Alexander’s of Door County, Fish Creek
The English Inn, Fish Creek
Inn at Kristofer’s, Sister Bay
The Mission Grille, Sister Bay
T. Ashwell’s, Ellison Bay
The Waterfront, Sister Bay
The Shoreline, Gills Rock

$60.00 certificate from:
Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, Sister Bay

Chef’s Hat, Ephraim
The Cookery, Fish Creek

Husby’s Bar and Grill, Sister Bay
The Greenwood, Fish Creek

JJ’s La Puerta, Sister Bay

Mink River Basin, Ellison Bay
Moretti’s, Sister Bay
Mr. Helsinki, Fish Creek
The Old Post Office, Ephraim
Pasta Vino, Sister Bay
Second Story Restaurant, Ephraim
Sister Bay Bowl, Sister Bay
Summer Kitchen, Ephraim
The Viking Grill & Lounge, Sister Bay

$40.00 certificate from:
Base Camp, Sister Bay
D.C. Deli, Sister Bay
Fred & Fuzzy’s, Sister Bay
Door County Bakery, Sister Bay
Door County Ice Cream Factory
Drink Coffee, Sister Bay
Good Eggs, Ephraim
Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato, Ephraim

Leroy’s Coffee Shop, Ephraim
Mill Road Cafe, Ephraim
The Patio Drive-In, Sister Bay
Sister Bay Cafe, Sister Bay
Wilson’s Restaurant, Ephraim

Thank you again for previously being our guest and for reading our blog!

Door County Entertainment News for the July 4th Holiday

4th of July on the Door County peninsula means fireworks and parades, but it also means music. Lots of music. So here is a schedule of both this weekend:

Baileys Harbor: Parade at 10am. Arts, crafts, live entertainment, children’s games and spectacular fireworks at dusk. For more information call 920-839-2366 or visit www.baileysharbor.com.

Egg Harbor: Parade begins at 1pm. For information call 920-868-3717 or visit www.eggharbordoorcounty.org

Fish Creek: Venetian boat parade at dusk, followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the bay at Clark Park (next to marina). For more information call 920-868-2316 or visit http://fishcreekinfo.com/.

DOOR COUNTY FIREWORKS: six opportunities to see the Door County sky lit up!
Egg Harbor: Friday July 3rdfireworks display at dusk from Harbor View Park. 920-868-3717 or visit www.eggharbordoorcounty.org.

Baileys Harbor: Saturday, July 4thfireworks over the water at dusk. 920-839-2366 or visit www.baileysharbor.com.

Fish Creek: Saturday, July 4thfireworks display at dusk at Clark Park (next to marina). 920-868-2316 or visit http://fishcreekinfo.com/.

Gills Rock: Saturday, July 4thfireworks at dusk over Hedgehog Harbor. 920-854-2972 or visit www.ellisonbaydoorwi.com.

Sturgeon Bay: Saturday, July 4thfireworks display at dusk from Sunset Park. 800-301-6695 or visit www.sturgeonbay.net.

Washington Island: Saturday, July 4thfireworks at dusk at the ball park on Main Road. 920-847-2179 or visit www.washingtonislandchamber.com.


Friday, July 3

Jeanne Kuhns’ Lost Mothra Band, Friday July 3, at Woodwalk Gallery
The Lost Mothra Band is Jeanne Kuhns, Lynn Gudmundsen,
George Sawyn and Patrick Palmer

Saturday, July 4
Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration
Starting at 9 a. m. on July 4th enjoy the sights and sound of 3 Beer ’til Dubuque.   Three Beers, also known as, That Beers Band, started in 1997 with 12 members primarily playing one bar in La Crosse.
Starting at 1:30 p. m. get your 80’s “rock on.”  Bad Medicine, a definite 80’s cover band, is the number 1 Bon Jovi tribute band in the country.
Sunday, July 5
Dorothy Scott will be among the performers at the Peg Egan Center

Dorothy Scott will be among the performers at the Peg Egan Center

Peg Egan PAC at 6pm
Sunset Concert Series – Folk Festival: Featuring: Corey Carlson, Dorothy Scott, Peter Mulvey, The Son’s Of The Never Wrong,
Eric Lewis & Doc Heide.

Concert is free to the public. For more information visit: Sunset Concert Series.