Category Archives: Door County Art Gallery

A Celebration In Ephraim!

The summer season officially starts this coming weekend for all of Door County and Ephraim is kicking it off with a weekend long festival.  Fyr Bal in Ephraim is a long time tradition; it is a celebration of the beginning of summer and there is a lot to do!

Ephraim will be busy with walking tours, music, arts and crafts and food tents on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday is a quieter day of the festival with walking tours and ending with a peaceful midsummer’s music festival by Hardy Gallery on Anderson Dock. 

Saturday is full of events complete with a regatta presented by the Ephraim Yacht Club, a raffle, a cakewalk and food all day.  The celebration carries on into the evening with a traditional fish boil and more music.  Then at 8:30 the multiple bonfires lined up along the water are lit creating an impressive image. Finally to end the day fireworks are set off over the harbor at sunset.

Sunday the celebration will continue with more arts and crafts, music, food and a special visit from Bucky the Badger.  The festival then winds down in the evening with a family sing-along at the village hall.

Come visit us in Ephraim at High Point Inn to celebrate the beginning of summer!  The whole village will be full of excitement and fun!

The Upside of Rainy Days in Door County

When rain clouds drift over the peninsula it can put a damper on many of Door County’s favorite outdoor activities.  However, there are also some positive aspects to the slightly dreary weather that sometimes finds us.  Here are a few things to think about next time rain visits you in Door County.

1) One can shop guilt free (to a certain extent).  While browsing the many shops there is no need to worry about missing the great outdoors.

2) There is now more time to visit Door County’s art galleries and museums

3) Rain makes for a nice relaxing indoor atmosphere.  High Point Inn’s hot tub and pool provide a nice place to relax while watching the weather outside. 

4) After the rain clears the county will become even greener, the birds will begin to sing and everything will feel refreshed.

5) Once and a while the rain will also bring with it a rainbow or two.  Spotting a rainbow over one of Door County’s beautiful landscapes never loses its charm. 

Whether it is raining or the sun is shining Door County is a great place to visit, so come stay with us at High Point Inn (rain or shine!)

A Door County Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Ephraim, Wisconsin

You are personally invited to come stay at our beautiful Ephraim resort! Call 800-595-6894 or contact us at info@highpointinn.com

In days gone by Memorial Day was always considered the kick-off to the “tourism season” in Door County. Today Door County serves as a year-round destination but as a local, I can tell you we still get excited about Memorial Day especially when it is accompanied by 80+ degree weather!

It’s not too late to make your reservation at the High Point Inn for Door County Memorial Day fun at the High Point Inn in Ephraim. Our excellent location is close to the weekends art gallery openings, your favorite restaurants (which are all open now), as well as the solace of the open road – nearby backroads for running, hiking or biking. Here are just a few of the things we have happening close by the High Point Inn:

Art Openings:

Fine Line Designs Art Gallery
Our High Point Inn neighbor – just down the road on Hwy. 42
Artist Reception -Saturday, May 29, 4-7 pm
Artist Demo: Sunday, May 30th, 11-2pm by Colin Page and Paul Klein

Show runs through June 8 and features
Colin Page, Gene Reineking, William Murray and Paul Klein

Edgewood Orchard Galleries
4140 Peninsula Players Road, Fish Creek
Memorial Day Weekend Reception Saturday, May 29, 4-7 pm
Artist introductions/talks in courtyard at 5 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres.

“Daybreak” A group show of new work from many of our artists capturing their vision of a new day. Work by David Aurelius, Jeanne Aurelius, Rodger Bechtold and Michael Michaud will also be featured.

Woodwalk Gallery
6746 County Road G,  Egg Harbor

2010 Opening Reception Sunday, May 30, 4:30-7:30 pm
Contemporary art in an historic barn setting featuring 47 regional artists and large-scale, ethereal landscapes by artist/owner Margaret Lockwood with studio on site.
New works by: Margaret Lockwood, Jim Rericha and Liz Maltman

Gallery talks by artists from 5:30-7:00 pm

That’s just a bit of what is in store for you this Memorial Day weekend in Door County! Call the High Point Inn and we will help you plan a perfect Ephraim getaway!

Dateline Door County, Wisconsin: A half marathon; a studio crawl; and your favorite restaurants are opening!

The High Point Inn is proud to announce that May has finally arrived to Ephraim and northern Door County! The grass is green, the air is warming. Bicycles dot the roads. People are walking with and without their dogs. It is a beauty to behold.

This first weekend of May brings the return of the Door County Half Marathon in Peninsula State Park. We at High Point Inn are so excited about the marathon we are one of two main lodging sponsors of this very popular event. It’s too late to register to take part in the marathon but you can come and cheer on the runners.

Door County’s Potters Guild studio tour is this weekend May 1 and 2 from 10-5. Participating guild members include:
TR Pottery in Fish Creek, Off the Wheel Pottery in Egg Harbor, Plum Bottom Gallery in Egg Harbor, The Potters Wheel in Fish Creek, Ephraim Clayworks in Ephraim, Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay, Gills Rock Stoneware in Ellison Bay, and Ellison Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. Visit the gallery websites for directions to each artist’s studio.

More Door County restaurants open this weekend!
The Cookery Restaurant in Fish Creek, Julie’s Park Cafe in Fish Creek, The Shoreline Restaurant in Gills Rock, Waterfront Restaurant in Sister Bay, Northern Grill in Sister Bay and The Mission Grille in Sister Bay. Wonder if your favorite restaurant is open this weekend? Call the front desk at the High Point Inn at 920-854-9773 and our staff will find out for you.

Come see us soon!

High Point Neighbors: Door County Scrimshanders and Fine Line Designs Gallery

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Ever wonder how Gary Kiracofe of Door County Scrimshander creates his one-of-a-kind scrimshaw art?
Watch this video of Brian Kiracofe at their sister gallery in Newport, RI and you will find out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKR7T_nDY8U

Door County Scrimshander is a High Point Neighbor located across the street!


High Point Neighbor Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery announces their show schedule for 2010

EXHIBIT ONE: MAY 1 – JUNE 8
Colin Page, Gene Reineking, William Murray and Paul Klein
Artist Reception – May 29, 5-8pm

Artist Demo: Sunday, May 30th, 11-2pm by Colin Page and Paul Klein

EXHIBIT TWO: JUNE 12 – JULY 6
Lori Beringer, Julie Crabtree, Jude Ryan Reiling & Allan Servoss
Artist Reception – June 12, 5-8pm

Artist Demo: Sunday, June 13, 11-2pm by Allan Servoss

EXHIBIT THREE: JULY 8 – AUG 2
Pamela Murphy & Stephanie Evans
Artist Reception – Thurs, July 8, 5-8pm

EXHIBIT FOUR: AUG 5 – SEPT 9
Steve Langenecker, Ed Lazzeroni, Donna Lindboe Trupin and Elodie Holmes
Artist Reception – Thurs, Aug 5, 5-8pm

Don’t forget we have our fabulous  2 nights for the price of 3 and 3 nights for the price of 4 during the week still going on in April. Book now!

High Point Neighbors: Ephraim, Door County’s Water Street Art Gallery

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Stacy and Fred Bridenhagen are the artist/owners of the iconic Door County Water Street Gallery in Ephraim. The gallery is located two doors north of Leroy’s Coffee Shop across the street from Eagle Harbor. Open all year, the Water Street Gallery features fine art prints as well as original watercolor and oil paintings by many of Door County’s favorite artists. Their artists include Mary Uhl, Karsten Topelmann, Ellen Sprogo Topelmann, Lorna Bell Cornell as well as Fred Bridenhagen and Stacy Bridenhagen and more.

The Water Street Gallery is also one of our featured showcase vendors. Be sure to check them out when you are in Door County, but also online! And be sure to check out their newest art.

Door County winds into the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is right around the corner so it’s time to remind everyone that Door County, Wisconsin during the holiday season is a decorated and ready for company! We think some of the most charming places the Door peninsula has to offer are right in our own neighborhood.

Be sure to check out the Shops at Green Gables. Establishments open in winter include:
1) American Folklore Theatre The Green Gables office does not have regular hours in winter, but there will be several holiday performances by AFT co-founder Doc Heide and long-time performer Eric Lewis. Get details of their at their website and visit their online store to purchase CDs and gift cards at their.
2) Perfect Beads A variety of wonderful beads. Open weekends November and December. Call 920-854-6472.
3) Rustic Fish Gallery The Rustic Fish Gallery is owned by Door County artists Mary Ann and Erik Rinkleff. We feature Erik’s hand-carved, collectible wood carvings and Mary Ann’s inspirational greeting card line and fine art photography. Open Friday and Saturday during November and December.
4) Door County Scrimshander Resident artist Gary Kiracofe practices scrimshaw, an art that is “two hundred years behind the times.” Visit the gallery he runs with his wife Dawn where they feature knives, jewelry, ornaments, antique ivory and more. Open Friday,  Saturday and Sunday during November and December.

McKeefry & Yeomans of Ephraim. Bruce McKeefry and Geoff Yeomans have the perfect mix of house AND garden. From French milled soaps to decorative flowers, distinctive furniture and more. On the corner of Townline Rd. and Hwy. 42 in Ephraim. Open all year. Call 920-854-4749 for hours.

The City Farmer in Ephraim – features a distinctive collection of American and English country furniture and home accents. Winter hours are 10 to 5:30 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.

The Paint Box Gallery located next to Joe Jo’s Pizza just north of the High Point Inn. Featuring original art works by local, regional and national artists including a large variety of miniature works. Plus an excellent source of art supplies for the professional and the novice. Open 361 days a year, 10-4 daily.

Joe Jo’s Pizza & Gelato
is open all year long 11am to 8pm and serves thin crust pizza from scratch. Their homemade Gelato gets rave reviews as well as their pizza.

Blue Dolphin House is located just south of the High Point Inn on Hwy 42. They feature contemporary artwork, gifts and home accessories from manufacturers and artists all over the world. Open in winter, but call for days and hours – 800-765-0141.

Wondering if your favorite restaurant or shop has winter hours? Contact Missy by email or by phone 800-595-6894.

High Point Neighbors: Mark your calendar for Door County’s 36th Annual Townline Art Fair

Saturday, October 10, 10-5 pm and  Sunday, October 11, 10-4

A juried art fair exhibiting the work of more than 85 professional artists from across the Midwest exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine. Glass, pottery, metal sculpture, paintings, photography, fiber art, and woodworking will be under tents for the 5,000 people that annually attend the show.

The Townline Art Fair is held on the grounds of Fine Line Designs Gallery on Hwy 42, north end of Ephraim. The Show is held outside in front of the Gallery. Columbus Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year, make your reservations early or call toll free: 800-595-6894

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

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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.

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.