Gallery Hop the Day Away
There’s nothing more fun on Saturday in June than to take an afternoon and do some gallery hopping. Whether you’re starting from the tip of the Peninsula, or taking off from Sturgeon Bay, you’ll find plenty of stops to fuel your imagination and give flight to your fancy.
Of course, Door County is chock full of artists working in every medium from clay to oil to pottery to paper, and many of my favorite galleries are small spots where individual artists open their studio and gallery to the public. Start in Egg Harbor and visit Chad Luberger’s working pottery studio, Plum Bottom Pottery, where he also features other local and national artists. Set off a country road and surrounded by gardens, Plum Bottom Pottery is a tranquil spot, and you’ll love having face-to-face time with Chad, who is always willing to share insights about his process.. Another one of my favorite spots is Renée Schwaller’s bucolic farmstead gallery, Off the Wheel Pottery. Renee’s working studio and galleries, set in a several farm outbuildings, is charming and welcoming, and her distinctive graffito-style pottery, in gorgeous spring colors, is beautiful.
Venture further north and don’t miss a stop at the Edgewood Orchard Galleries, celebrating their 45 anniversary this year but still as fresh and vibrant as ever. Stroll through Edgewood Orchard’s sculpture garden to see an impressive collection of contemporary sculpture and spring wildflowers.
Driving north through Ephraim, stop at the iconic Hardy Gallery, located at Anderson dock. This month’s show features the 52nd annual juried show featuring both emerging and established artists that will amaze you with its diversity and spirit. Then, north of town, stop in at Fine Line Designs Gallery to see the work of textile artist Martha Fieber and others at the warm and wonderfully renovated barn space and gardens.
Don’t stop there! Take the beautiful drive up to Ellison Bay and stop in at two of my favorite far north haunts. Turtle Ridge Gallery features the gorgeous leather work of Mary Ellen Sisulak – and her gardens are pretty spectacular, too. And make sure to visit Clay Bay Pottery, a classic on the gallery scene for years, perches on top of the Ellison Bay hill, offering visitors the view of Green Bay and cherry orchards – and the beautiful, colorful pottery of Jeanne and David Aurelius.
So hop in the car – or on your bike or motorcycle – and take a day to enjoy the bountiful season of Door County art. Happy gallery hopping!