Thanksgiving in Ellison Bay

Ellison Bay welcomes you to the Holiday Open House November 28 and 29, 10-5.  Make your holidays special with handmade gifts, decor and good cheer in beautiful Ellison Bay. Three pottery studio/galleries will present a wide array of seasonal and traditional pottery.  Turtle Ridge Gallery will showcase a colorful selection of handbags, hand-dyed wearable art and accessories.

Mary Ellen Sisulak will present her new children’s book, “PInklieee!”  A book signing event will take place on Sat. from 10-5.  Explaining her inspiration for the book, Mary Ellen says. “In spring this year I took a workshop at WriteOnDoorCounty with well-known author/illustrator Nancy Carlson.  Immediately a door was opened for me.  I had written stories for my children when they were small, but had an artistic block about illustrating them.  I had recently found out that I was to be a grandmother and this inspired me to move ahead.  Illustrating the story was just a delight using ink, watercolor pencils and watercolors.  Then the hard part, getting it ready to format, publish, print and market.  All of these things took much more time and research than I ever thought possible.  I really wanted to present it to my son and his wife when their baby came in October, but I was running out of time, so I printed and hand-bound a copy for them, so they would be the first to see it finished.  Now the book has been printed and is ready for the public.”

Island Orchard Cider House will be open for tastings of their cherry, apple and pear ciders. Shop local and handmade to make your holiday gifts unique.


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Ellison Bay Arts group is happy to announce a new member – Sutra Gallery

SUTRA is a Fine Art and photo gallery specializing in Indian contemporary and tribal art. Sutra Gallery showcases established senior and junior contemporary artists as well as renowned tribal artists from central India.  In addition to fine art SUTRA also features handmade Indian textiles including silk fabrics, cotton coverlets and silk and cotton stoles.  All textiles are woven, dyed and printed by hand by Indian artisans from the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Abbey Box, fine art photographer and proprietor of SUTRA gallery, was married and living in India prior to her return to the United States in 2013.  A native of Wisconsin and a graduate of St. Norbert College, Abbey lived in New England for 17 years where she trained professionally in Fine Art Digital imaging becoming a master printer and an expert in color correction. Abbey is the featured photographer of SUTRA gallery.

SUTRA gallery is located in the heart of Ellison Bay; 12044 Hwy 42, Ellison Bay | May–Dec,
Tues–Sun 10-5 | 920-854-2880 |


Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl

October 25th-26th, 10-5PM Saturday and Sunday
We all said our goodbyes to a wonderful summer, now there is a colorful and robust fall still to enjoy.  Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl is the time to tour the beautiful Ellison Bay vistas, winding roads and galleries.
Ellison Bay artists are busy organizing their studios, finishing new works, and preparing delicious fall snacks. During the Art Crawl you will be able to tour three ceramic studios, a handmade artwear boutique, two painters’ studios, folk art, The Clearing Folk School, a cooking school and cheese market, a handcrafted cider house and an Asian art and antiques gallery. At the end of the day you can recharge and relax at one of the town’s restaurants.

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 has a special surprise for all of the Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles, friends and family of little ones.  Mary Ellen wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “Pinklieee!” that is sure to delight all ages.  Turtle Ridge will be presenting a display of the process from the early beginning to the printing stage.  Preview this colorful book and put your name on the list for signed and dedicated copies to be delivered before the holidays. A preview of the annual fall “Lookbook” will be on display too.  This year the theme was “Mythical Woodland Fairy Tale.”  Fantastical headdresses of birch bark, feathers, stones, leather and branches were paired with sumptuous garments and bags. Each theme was inspired by the beauty of Turtle Ridge and our unique microcosm next to the Nature Conservancy. Gourmet coffee will be served to energize and warm you on your tour.
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Linden’s Gallery (2) is an international link to China.  Filled with fine contemporary Chinese painters and beautiful Asian antiques; it is like stepping into another world.

Island Orchard Cider (10)
 house will be sampling a Spiced Hot Brut Apple Cider and French Butter Cookies. This is an opportunity to taste several specialty ciders which are only sold in their Tasting Room, during the Art Crawl weekend
 Just down scenic Garrett Bay Road, The Clearing (8) bookstore and gift shop will be open. Refreshments and tours available.  
Just a short way down Garrett Bay Road, John Dietrich and Diane McNeil of Ellison Bay Pottery (9) will be demonstrating Raku Firing, (an alternative firing technique) all day Saturday, Oct. 25. An ongoing ‘John Dietrich Retrospective’ exhibit showcasing John’s ceramic work over the past 47 years will be closing Oct. 26. New functional pottery from the gas kiln will be in the showroom and refreshments available.Stop by Savory Spoon Cooking School (5) for some of Wisconsin’s best Artisan Cheeses with a great selection of crackers and preserves.  Introducing the Savory Spoon’s newest accompaniment, Panforte, an Italian inspired fruit and nut torte that bursts with flavor!

Travel a few miles north on Hwy 42 to find Rob Williams Studio /Gallery (7) hidden among the birches. This is the first year Rob and Shirley Williams are joining in the Fall Art Crawl. View Rob’s autumn paintings as well as Shirley’s photos of Europe. Refreshments served.
A traditional favorite, is Gills Rock Stoneware (6).  Turkey platters and plates, garden globes, wine coolers are all beautifully thrown and decorated.  Wood-fired turkey sampled on handmade pottery is a unique annual event.

Bonnie Paruch Studio and Gallery (11) located at 11249 County road ZZ just West of Rowleys Bay will be open and serving up Bonnie and Vern’s special Smokin’ Chili along with apple cider. Stop in to view this Master Pastelist’s new works and to register to win a small 6 x 6 painting created just for this event.
Marcy’s hidden gallery, Cousin’s Walk (3) . New this year at Cousin’s Walk are collages of found objects on barn boards in the form sayings and birds. Marcy will be serving her Korean Meat Balls. There will also be a raffle and of course painted rock demonstrations.
Join Jeanne and David Aurelius in a celebration at Clay Bay Pottery (1). There will be a demonstration of throwing on the wheel from 12 – 3pm both Saturday and Sunday. New serving pieces will be unveiled, including mugs, plates and Brie bowls, just in time for the holiday season. Refreshments will be served in honor of the marriage of their daughter Martha to potter Adam Hutchinson. Snacks will include specialty Wisconsin cheeses and sausages from Adam’s home town – Monroe, Wisconsin. Indulge in Wisconsin’s tasty treats and enter your name in a drawing to win a special piece of pottery.

“Build Your Nest” EBA Design Showroom at Uncork Summer 2014

Ellison Bay Arts is excited to present their first Design Showroom at Uncork Summer on June 28th. The theme of the showroom is “Build your Nest”.  The space will be designed to showcase the Ellison Bay Art members, special pieces in a collaborative setting to inspire you to use local art, when filling your “Nest”. The Ellison Bay Arts group includes:  Clay Bay Pottery, Linden Gallery, Cousin’s Walk, Turtle Ridge, Savory Spoon Cooking School, Gills Rock Stoneware, Rob Williams Gallery, The Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay Pottery, Island Orchard Cider and Bonnie Parch Gallery.  Pottery, paintings, furniture and fiber art, will be sure to give you many ideas to bring home to your nest wherever it may be. The beautiful grounds of the Wickman House are a perfect location to sample small plates of food from some of the best Door County restaurants, wineries, breweries and Island Orchard Cider House. Uncork Summer is a new event sponsored by the Door County North Business Association.  The Festival runs concurrent with the established event Olde Ellison Bay Days. The design showroom hours are: Sat. 10-5

Look for Uncork Summer in June 2015!

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Coming up!

Thank You everybody for exploring the arts and creative living of Ellison bay during the Spring Art Crawl last weekend.

Next, we have a great new event planned for you. UNCORK SUMMER Read some more about it by clicking the link or the image.


uncorksummerEllison Bay Arts group will be presenting Design Showroom at Wickman House. Stay tuned for more details on our website and Facebook page.


Ellison Bay Arts Spring Art Crawl 2014

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:, 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  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.

Ellison Bay Holiday Open House, Nov 29th and 30th

This holiday, skip the madness of Black Friday, and shop beautiful Ellison Bay’s Holiday Open House on Nov 29th and 30th (10am-5pm) for meaningful and timeless gifts. Here you will find three studios of fine pottery, a wearable art gallery and an artisan cider house with offerings for you and your gifting delight. Stop by Island Orchard Cider for a taste of their hot mulled cider, and then make your way to Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay Pottery, Gills Rock Stoneware and Turtle Ridge Gallery. Engage your global consciousness by buying local and quality handmade gifts this holiday season. Many artful pieces and tasteful experiences wait you at the Ellison Bay Holiday Open House, Nov 29th and 30th 10am-5pm.

Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl Oct. 26 & 27

On Oct. 26 and 27 from 10am-5pm, Ellison Bay will be bustling with its annual Fall Art Crawl which celebrates the Art of Creating, Learning, Cooking and Living Well. Galleries, food artisans and schools open their doors and studios to the entire community with special events and happenings. Below is just a sampling of the festivities. Pick up a brochure at one of the participates or visit for more info.

Come in from the cold and warm up with homemade soup and David’s famous cookies at Clay Bay Pottery (11650 Hwy 42). Light up the season with new work from the Clay Bay team. We will be unveiling new lamps, Shoreline girls, Holiday mugs and a variety of serving pieces. Sign up to win a Clay Bay piece.

Linden Gallery (12001 Mink River Rd.) will feature a display of some of China’s best-known artists, as well as a collection of antiques, artifacts, textiles and jewelry from Asia. We will be serving hot tea and cookies, and some lucky person will win a beautiful bronze singing bowl.

Cousin’s Walk (11940 Lakeview Rd.) will have on-going painting demonstrations, come get a piece of the rock.  Among nibbles will be Marcy’s Korean Meat Balls.  Some specials will be offered and there will be a door prize drawing.  Stop by and visit the old log cabin and see the creations inside from wearable art to home decor.

Turtle Ridge Gallery (11736 Mink River Rd.) welcomes artist Lesley Bruce Smith to demonstrate her glass bead craft using murano, enamel and gold foil techniques. Once beads are formed, artist Mary Ellen Sisulak will integrate/incorporate them into the popular day to evening, “Simple Pieces” handbag, resulting in one of a kind and unique pieces of wearable art. A creative process not to be missed!

The Savory Spoon Cooking School and Marketplace (Hwy. 42) will offer an artisan cheese tasting and feature handcrafted Panforte exclusive to the Savory Spoon and made with Door County Cherries and local honey!

Gills Rock Stoneware (12020 Hwy 42) invites you to enjoy a turkey sandwich on artisan bread, fresh from their wood-fired brick oven, as you stroll their gallery and experience their latest examples of the potters’ art.

The Clearing Folk School (12171 Garrett Bay Rd.) will offer refreshments (homemade cookies, and coffee) docent tours, door prizes and demonstrations of arts and crafts.

New vases, covered jars and collaboration bowls inspired by China are the focus of Ellison Bay Pottery’s (12156 Garrett Bay Rd.) John Dietrich and Diane McNeil new autumn work.  Enter to win a chun cobalt blue hand thrown pottery goblet.

Island Orchard Cider (12040 Garrett Bay Rd.) will be sampling our family produced hard ciders which are dry, crisp and refreshing. Gluten Free / 7% Alc.

Bonnie Paruch Studio and Gallery (11249 County Road ZZ), will celebrate the fall season with apple cider and treats ( but no tricks!). As a special fall gift, Artist and Author Bonnie Paruch will sign her new book ” A Brush With Life” and do a FREE pencil remarque for each hard cover book purchased during the art crawl.

Get to Know Artists~Past and Present

Art of Creating~Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~Art of Living Well

Both these galleries have the past and the present waiting for you to explore. Newport House is all about American folk yesterday and today; and the Linden Gallery has brought Asian past and present to Ellison Bay.

Newport House Gallery

Newport House Gallery was established in Ellison Bay, Door County in 1981. The gallery has two primary goals. One is to offer unique and highly desirable handmade American folk art representing the relics of our heritage, and to offer paintings and sculptures of contemporary self-taught artists. The second goal is to stock unusual and authentic antique pieces suitable for home decor as well as for the serious collector. The antiques are primarily of American origin from the late 18th century through early 20th century.

Should you be in our vicinity or planning a trip to the Door County area, we welcome your visit. The gallery is residential and the staff is small, but we are generally here from 10am to 5pm daily except for Tuesdays. Off season from November to May, it is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure that some one will be at the gallery to greet you. We are happy to make appointments.

Linden Gallery

After over ten years in Asia, Brian and Jeanee Linden opened the The Linden Gallery in 1995 to highlight Asia’s diverse material culture.  Whether it is contemporary paintings from Vietnam, 2,000 year old ceramics from China, textiles from Japan and Laos, or Burmese and Cambodia Buddhist sculptures, the Lindens personally select their pieces during their extended yearly sojourns throughout Asia.

The Linden Gallery is housed in a Door County landmark the Prairie-style former Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. The enchanting 6,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to rotating exhibitions of leading Asian artists, antiquities, and Asian objets d’art.
The gallery is open from May-October each year.