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Sunshine Over the Door Peninsula

We are nearing the middle of November and have been enjoying some great weather here in Door County!  The sun has been shining and the temperatures have actually been in the 50′s.   The warmer temperatures probably wont last much longer so make sure to take advantage!

It looks like Friday won’t be one of our better days in relation to weather, but the county still has some great events that wont require you to face mother nature!

At Door Community Auditorium on Friday the high school is putting on an encore performance of Seussical the Musical. They were selected to perform for a special theatre showcase the following weekend so they bought the show back.  It is a fun show, now with new choreography and a few more finishing touches.  Then on Saturday Peninsula School of Art has a new exhibit starting called “The Value of Black and White”. 

It is not too late to come stay with us at High Point Inn this weekend.  It is a nice quiet time to come, but there is still plenty to do!

A Taste of Door County

Door County has its own unique flavor, and one of the best ways to experience this is to visit the local farmers market.  On Saturdays in Sister Bay at the Corner of the Past Museum there is a farmers market where locals are able to sell produce and other fresh items. 

The farmers market is a great way to see what is grown on the Door Peninsula, and to meet some local residents.  The Farmers Market also has featured guests.  This weekend Jeanne Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery will be there and the following weekend there will be Native American flutes with Mike Farmer. 

Once you have some local produce you can come back and relax at High Point Inn and cook up a nice meal in your kitchen, then enjoy the flavors on your own private patio!

The Door County Artistic Side

One of the key aspects of Door County culture is art.  There are many artists that reside and work on the peninsula, taking their inspiration from the beautiful surroundings.  The artistic forms practiced here vary, including sculpture work, pottery, glass creations, music and performing arts.  Of course, one of the classic forms of art is painting, and this weekend is a celebration of this art. 

Plein Air Festival is now in full swing ending tomorrow July 24th.  Over 40 artists are moving their work to the great outdoors and creating an image of Door County through painting.  The festival offers special events for the family and following this weekend the paintings will be on display at The Peninsula School of Art until August 7th. 

Come see the artists at work, or at least take a trip to the art school to see the artist’s representation of the Door Peninsula.   We would be glad to have you stay with us at High Point Inn!

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!)

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.

High Point Neighbors: Door County’s Fine Line Designs Gallery Second Artist Reception of 2009, Saturday, June 13

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Four artists with distinct styles and mediums are the focus of Fine Line Designs Gallery’s Exhibit II, which opens from Friday, June 12 and rins through Tuesday, July 7. Fabric and embroidery artist Martha Fieber, furniture builder Leonard Fieber, pastel artist Alberta Marana, and oil painter Kathie Wheeler are the featured artists for Exhibit II. The artist’s reception for Exhibit II is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 from 4 – 8 pm.

Martha Fieber calls her artwork “landscape in thread,” and focuses on texture, technique, pattern, and detail to express her interest in our human connection to the natural world.  “I needed a change,” Fieber say when asked why she left her primary career in engineering for the art world. Her intricate embroideries often take as many as 60 hours to complete, depending on how intense the design is. Fieber is completely self-taught and focuses primarily on the landscapes and beauty that surrounds her Upper Michigan home. “I want to show everyone how beautiful it is,” says Fieber. “Many landscapes tempt me to record them.”

Furniture artist Leonard Fieber has been working with wood for over 40 years.  His most recent body of work, Beaver Chew Furniture, is made from sticks left behind after beavers have eaten the leaves and bark. “I’ve built furniture all my life,” says Fieber, “but this body of work is really special to me. I feel like the beaver and I are collaborating together.” A lover of the outdoors, Fieber enjoys that his furniture can provide a connection to nature in someone’s home.

Both Martha and Leonard Fieber will be on hand for an artist’s demonstration on Sunday, June 14 from 11am – 2 pm.

Alberta Marana, a pastel artist, says she finds solace in nature from the chaos of the world – and is attracted to the vibrant colors of the wildflowers and grasses in the summer, the dynamic red and golds of the autumn, and the wonderfully moody blues of the evening. “I love looking at the landscape, but I also enjoy working in the landscape,” Marana says. “I really try to convey the emotional experience I get when I look at nature – I like to call it ‘the wow.’”

Oil painter Kathie Wheeler was drawn to the work of the American Impressionists as a child, who would take to the fields and woods with their sketchbooks and paints to record the beauty of their surroundings.  “All of my paintings are scenes from my own experiences,” Wheeler says, going on to say that her farm in Southern Wisconsin is responsible for much of this inspiration. Wheeler has been painting “as long as she could hold something in her hand.”  Kathie was the winner of the Quick Paint at the 2008 Door County Plein Air Festival.

Fine Line Designs Gallery is located at the north end of Ephraim at 10376 Highway 42 and features original paintings, sculpture, custom wood furnishings, and fiber art from over 90 renowned artists.  The gallery also hosts the annual Town Line Art Fair every year on Columbus Day weekend.  Gallery hours are daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For more information about Fine Line Designs Gallery or its artists and exhibitions, please call (920) 854-4343 or visit www.finelinedesignsgallery.com.