Category Archives: Artists of Door County

High Point Inn Neighbors: The Bead Bucket at the Shorewood Village Shops in Ephraim


Stop in and see Tera Rossman, owner of The Bead Bucket

Door County is full of charming shops for browsing and buying. One of our favorite charming shops is located in Ephraim near Leroy’s Water Street Coffee - The Bead Bucket. Owner Tera Rossman has accumulated an impressive array of materials with which DIY aficionados can assemble funky, beautiful beaded jewelry. The Bead Bucket also offers many pre-made items – earrings, necklaces and more – that will be a perfect gift for a loved one or yourself!

We recommend you grab a coffee beverage at Leroy’s and head on over to see Tera at The Bead Bucket where you can browse the materials you need for your next masterpiece.

Create your own vacation masterpiece – contact Faye, Kathy, Jasmine or Libbi at the High Point Inn!
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Live Music in the Park

June is here, and this month kicks off a plethera of opportunities to hear live music all over the Door County Peninsula.  The best part of live music in the summertime is all of the outdoor venues to enjoy.  What better way to enjoy Door County’s beautiful natural vistas?

High Point Inn is a happy sponser of Evenings in Ephraim, a concert in the park music series located at Harborside Park in downtown Ephraim. Enjoy live music while watching the sunset over Eagle Harbor every Monday evening! Check out their website for a full schedule of performers and dates.

Door Community Auditorium: Year-round entertainment in Fish Creek

At the High Point Inn we love telling people about the Door Community Auditorium. This twelve month theater is connected to Gibraltar School in Fish Creek and has a storied history of providing locals and visitors alike with outstanding theater, music and other performances. In the winter months the Auditorium features movies on Friday nights; a Saturday morning distinguished lecture series; Saturday evening coffeehouse concerts in the Fireside Lobby and at least one terrific main stage show featuring Birds of Chicago.

Here is the schedule for opening weekend – January 18 & 19
January 18, Friday movie (free will offering)  at 7 pm – Moonrise Kingdom with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray. Directed by Wes Anderson.
January 19, Saturday morning distinguished lecture series (free) at 9 am - Features St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Wendy Scattergood – This talk will feature a retrospective on the 2012 US presidential election.
January 19, Saturday evening Coffeehouse Concert in the Fireside Lobby ($15) at 7 pm: Erin Krebs Duo - Sultry, sexy-smooth jazz stylings to double-barreled, whiskey bottle Blues shoutin’, Erin delivers beautiful arrangements of classic jazz standards and new tunes alike.

And in between all the entertainment we invite you to make your Door County winter home at Ephraim’s High Point Inn.


High Point Neighbors: Night Sky Photographs at the Frykman Gallery

The amazing photography of Heather and Lucas Frykman

Just down the road from the High Point Inn on Highway 42 is the Frykman Gallery. Originally started by David Frykman as a showcase for his whimsical carved Santa Claus figures, David’s son Lucas and his wife Heather Harle Frykman have added their nature photography to the mix. And if you stop by the show whose opening reception is Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 you will be in for a big surprise!

Heather and Luke’s show titled “Night Sky Photography” features some of the most beautiful Milky Way, Northern Light images you will ever see. From their press release:

The event will showcase new night sky photography by Lucas and Heather Frykman. This collection, shot over the last few years, includes photos of the Northern Lights over the harbors of Northern Door County and wide-field Milky Way landscapes from around the peninsula. Astrophotography has been a passion of Lucas’s in particular, but he has seldom shown his nighttime work until now.

The opening will take place from 10-5PM Saturday and Sunday and will feature refreshments as well as a drawing for artwork. Heather and Lucas will be there. Any questions? If so you may call 920-854-7351. To view the images click here. The photos look amazing on the computer screen, but art is really meant to be enjoyed in person!

Make sure you make your reservation for a little fall star gazing. Call the High Point Inn at 920-854-9773 to reserve your suite. Or email

Our Door County neighbors: Fine Line Designs Gallery 2012 season opens this weekend!

On Saturday, May 26 our High Point Inn neighbor – Ephraim’s  Fine Line Designs Gallery will open their 2012 season with a variety of work by 4 artists. There will be wine and snacks and lots of good company. Here is a description of the work from their website:

Paul Klein’s “sculptural lighting” features locally gathered wood, stone, and are topped with his own handmade paper shades. A Wisconsin native and self-taught artist, Klein believes that nature’s treasures – or “local exotics,” as he calls them – can be found everywhere, and he enjoys the spontaneity of finding objects in nature and incorporating them into one of his intricate pieces.

Mixed media artist Ed Lazzeroni uses metal as a canvas to create two- and three-dimensional artworks. An industrial designer before becoming an artist, Lazzeroni came to love and appreciate the malleability and reflectivity of metal – and began altering it in any way possible. He also works with acrylic paint and over time finds that his fascination with paint is identical to the one he feels with metal.

Working almost exclusively with acrylic paints after three decades of painting with watercolors, artist Richard Patt paints one of the “most precious realities” in his life, which is the Wisconsin landscape. He uses large, dramatic formats to convey his work – some of it almost photographic, but most ripe with the texture of the gritty, aging surfaces like stone or barnsides. Patt says he’ll use any method of painting that he needs to as long as the character of the rural landscape is felt or understood.

Oil painter Ken Bronikowski says he tries to be “very honest” in his art, concentrating on draftsmanship, edges, temperature, and color. He often works in a limited palette of four colors in his portrait and landscape work, allowing himself to remain aware of temperature changes in each piece. Many of his oil studies are painted alla prima – meaning on location, direct and without little preliminary sketching, and finished in one painting session.

Be there or be square! And before you head north, contact High Point Inn and make reservations to stay in our spacious and tastefully appointed suites! Call us Toll Free: 800-595-6894 or Local: 920-854-9773 or send us an email at


Door County’s American Folklore Theatre has a Holiday Show!

Don’t miss this special holiday presentation by one of Door County’s favorite musical brands – American Folklore Theatre!

From AFT’s website:

The holidays are a time for reunions. This winter, reunite with Katie Dahl, Karen Mal, and James Valcq to celebrate the holiday season. In the historic Gibraltar Town hall, this trio of AFT favorites will present an evening of songs and stories gathered from their own diverse holiday scrapbooks. Songs will range from the very old to the very new and will come from everywhere from faraway lands to the streets of Fish Creek.

Combine this amazing show with a holiday weekend at the High Point Inn and you have the makings of happy memories with someone you love. Contact us today for a suite deal! Call us Toll Free: 800-595-6894 or Local: 920-854-9773 or send us an email at

And ask about out Work & Play Getaway!


Door County’s Martinez Studio hosts the work of Bruce Basch

Detail of "Zebra Book" copyright b.Basch

On Sunday, July 17 from 2-6PM the Martinez Studio on Hwy. 57 south of Jacksonport will host an opening for artist Bruce Basch. The show is titled Pieces for the Puzzle. Basch’s work borrows from the visual language of Robert Rauscheberg and Jasper Johns and includes eclectic use of found objects as well as the collage format with a folk art twist. Chances are you have seen his work in restaurants around the county. It is intriguing from a visual standpoint as well as intellectually satisfying.

The Martinez Studio is home to contemporary tapestry by Wence Martinez and symbolic paintings on paper by Sandra Martinez. Their studio is open daily May through October from 10-5.  Call 920-823-2154 with questions.

And after a day filled with art there is nothing better than relaxing on your private deck or patio at the High Point Inn with a bottle of wine and some snacks, immersed in a discussion of the work of Bruce Basch. Call us today to make your reservation. Toll Free: 800-595-6894 or 920-854-9773.

High Point Inn Celebrates the poetry of Barbara Larsen

Sponsored by the High Point Inn Poetry Contest

Barbara Larsen of Sister Bay has been named Door County’s Poet Laureate for 2011. Larsen who has published 6 volumes of poetry, finds inspiration in Door County’s natural beauty. Her duties as Poet Laureate encompass something she has been doing since moving to Door County in 1986 – sharing her love of the written word with the people of her community.

In an April 14, 2011 Peninsula Pulse article Gary Jones gives us a glimpse of the passion Larsen feels for poetry:

In some respects Larsen has been functioning as an informal poet laureate for years. She has published six volumes of her verse (two with illustrations by Gretchen Maring); wrote Trilogy, poetry that was set to music and performed by the Peninsula Chamber Singers; and has offered poetry writing workshops at The Clearing, Bjorklunden, Scandia Village, and Gibraltar Schools. She is active in two writing groups that she helped to found, the Wallace Group and Unabridged Poets.

Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Free Verse (now Verse Wisconsin), Rag Mag, the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar, and the Wisconsin People and Ideas Magazine. She has won awards in the Peninsula Pulse Hal Grutzmacher poetry writing contest, and in 1995 received the Jade Ring for poetry in a competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association.

Barbara Larsen is going to spend 2011 as Door County’s poet evangelist and we will be a richer community because of her work. Larsen will serve a two-year term and is expected to compose poems related to the community and for special occasions, as well as serving as the community’s “literary ambassador.”

And don’t forget to enter the High Point Inn acrostic poetry contest. Click here for details.

Door County Poetry Contest: Win a Night at the High Point Inn!

High Point Inn presents an “acrostic” poem competition. Entrants are to use the letters in DOOR COUNTY to create your acrostic poem. Your poem should include each letter of DOOR COUNTY as a new line. (Please see example below.) The winner will receive a free night in one of our spacious suites, A book of poetry by Door County’s NORB BLEI (Paint Me a Picture/Make Me a Poem), a gift certificate from a local coffee shop, an empty journal to fill with future poetry and a pen! The winner will be announced on Friday, May 13.

All poems will be posted on our Facebook page and voted on by a panel of acrostic enthusiasts. Please send your entries along with your name, address and phone number to: Please put POEM CONTEST in the subject. We will post all poems on our Facebook page.

Here is our first entry:
Dare to write
Of days gone by
On this Door Peninsula
Remember well the memories

Cherry picking it may be
Or playing on the beach
Under trees within the park
Nature at its best
Tell a tale of Door County
You may soon impress!

Good luck to everyone and be sure to tell your friends and family!


High Point Inn Celebrates the poetry of Norbert Blei


Sponsored by the High Point Inn Poetry Contest

Norb Blei has enriched the lives of his readers with truth-telling poetry and prose. He is a journalist, a teacher, a publisher and editor, a novelist and writer of non-fiction, a painter and a poet. His writing brings to life the characters and landscapes that have surrounded him, both urban and rural. From the Czechoslovakian neighborhood where he grew up in Chicago to the rural villages and towns he now observes from his chicken coop/studio in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. Blei’s character studies never disappoint as he transports readers from the taverns of Door County to the coffee counter at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, capturing the banter of everyday life that provides nourishment to the residents of a small community.

Never one to shy away from controversy, Blei’s essay ‘Shut the Damn Door’ written in 1992 implored residents and county officials to be wary of over-development on our tiny peninsula. ‘Take any dirt road and get lost,’ Blei concludes. ‘You may discover the real value of this place. You may discover yourself.’

And just when you think you have defined the man and his life’s work, comes Blei’s role as a teacher, most recently his very popular writing classes offered at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. Rounding off the activities of this Door County Renaissance man is his role of mentor, publisher and editor featuring the writings of other authors at Cross+Roads Press. Check out the titles and purchase something, it feels good to support the art of writing!

Today, thanks to the Internet, Norb Blei’s writings are reaching “the global village” with sites originating in Russia and France as well as the U.S. Visit Norb Blei’s many websites and check out the creative output of one of Door County’s human treasurs:, Basho’s, and

Scroll down and listen to Blei reading his poem 29th Going for Milk accompanied by classical guitarist Jim Spector
Listen in as Norb Blei interviews his longtime friend Al Johnson at

And don’t forget to enter the High Point Inn acrostic poetry contest. Click here for details.

Also check out John Nelson’s excellent page on Norb.