As the weather forecast gets more promising everyday, Ellison Bay Arts group is opening up the season with its annual Spring Art Crawl. The two day event is on Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th from 10AM to 5PM. To help you navigate, we have a great brochure with a map that can be used year round. It is available at the participating establishments and the Ellison Bay information booth.
Ellison Bay Arts is a group of 8 galleries, 2 schools and a cider house. Rob Williams an outstanding painter in watercolor and oil is the most recent member of our organization.”Rob and Shirley Williams will be participating in the Spring Crawl for the first time this year. Take a look at Rob’s new landscape paintings ,Shirl’s photos , and help us kick off the
new gallery season, our 10th in Door County. All are welcome! Painter and author, Bonnie Paruch introduces a new collection of 20 small paintings. These little gems were created with the new collector in mind. The small size, 8″ x 8″ square, is perfect for collectors with “full walls” and for gift giving. You can preview the collection on her website: www.bonnieparuchart.com, click on small works. Enjoy coffee, tea, conversation and great artwork at the open studio. Guests may register to win a free copy of Bonnie’s latest book, A Door County Troll Story. This book is a comic, tongue in cheek look at the great polar vortex of 2014
Ellison Bay has 2 schools: Savory Spoon Cooking School offers hands-on classes to expand your culinary skills and develop your palette. To see what classes are available this year and to register, go to www.savoryspoon.com. The Clearing Folk school will have a door prize drawing and docent tours both days. The bookstore and gift shop will be open as well, and the property will be open for strolling and clearing.
We have three world renown pottery studios/galleries that offer a diversity of styles, functional work and one of a kind art pieces.
David and Jeanne Aurelius are celebrating their 38th year at Clay Bay Pottery. They have gotten into the spring mood and created a variety of covered jars, plates, and bowls with a bird and “tree of life” theme. Fellow artists Mary Deneen, Martha Winter and Peder Hegland will be showing an array of bird platters, figurative work and sculptures. Resident potters Adam Hutchinson and Abigail Olson will be displaying their early spring creations too. Demonstrations will take place with an emphasis on creating handbuilt bird forms
John Dietrich and Diane McNeil, the potters at Ellison Bay Pottery, are celebrating their 40th year making functional and decorative one of a kind stoneware pottery. For the Spring Art Crawl they have made many planters and vases for your flowers and a wide variety of pottery items for your home or as gifts. Demonstrations in and out of the studio will be happening all weekend. If it’s raining we will be demonstrating in the studio and giving tours. If it is clear, we will be firing our raku kiln outside.
Gills Rock Stoneware invites you to come in and see the new work they have created. A beautiful array of electric lamps to brighten your home or cottage will be featured along with vases to fill with spring flowers. Table linens and wooden utensils compliment the many pottery bowls available. Thor will be offering samples from his wood fired oven.
Linden Gallery is opening their doors for the first time this spring and Color is the key word for the 2014 season. Jeanee and Brian have spent the winter searching for new treasure in both China and Vietnam. It was exciting to unpack the containers all week. We often talk about the unpacking being “just like opening Christmas presents”! this year we are saying “Wow! it’s almost like digging into Easter baskets.!” New treasures will include hand-painted furniture, lacquer paintings, refined tableware and ethnic textiles. Lindens are excited to welcome Door County jewelry artist Angela Lensch. Her intricate work includes jewelry inspired by a journey to Jaipur, India, where she worked with the Women’s Artisan Coop to create beads from old saris.
Asta and Mary Ellen of Turtle Ridge, spent some time in New York this winter sourcing new textures and colors of leather. We reworked many styles of our hand bags to make them more functional for the new digital devices and to keep costs and weight down. We are introducing the new Cameleon Bag, which has bright color blocking on one side and reverses to all black, so it can be used year round . Intricately tooled and hand-painted classics like “Signs of Spring”, “Tapestry”, “Trillium”, “Solomon Seal” and “Dragonfly” will be featured. These limited edition pieces are collectible and functional. We will open the studio and offer a hands-on miniature leather mosaic sampler to make and take home.
To complete your artsy appetite a must stop is Island Orchard Cider House. They specialize in Normandy Style Ciders. The family produces traditional French ciders which are crisp and refreshing. Visit their Cider House and see the process of fermenting and bottling handcrafted ciders, then enjoy samples in the Tasting Room. Gluten-Free, 6.9% alcohol.
Cousin’s Walk features hand-painted furniture, pillows and folk art items. Tucked in the woods, Marcie turns old things into new each year.
A big thank you to the Ellison Bay Arts sponsors. These businesses help visitors enjoy beautiful Ellison Bay to the fullest: Silver Poplar Studios, Doc’s Hideaway Cottage and Shoreline Resort/Waterfront Motel offer unique places to stay. Delicious dining is available at Shoreline Restaurant, Viking Grill and Wickman House. Peruse the aisles of Caxton’s Bookstore to find that summer read or the rare and collectible. Baylake Bank offers convenient and friendly service in Ellison Bay.
Refreshments, demonstrations and prize drawings are available at many of the participants, so come and enjoy the Ellison Bay Arts Spring Art Crawl 2014.