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.

Turtle Ridge (4)
 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:  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.

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 www.ellisonbayarts.com 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.

Get to know an Artist: Fiber, Leather and Furniture

Art of Creating~Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~Art of Living Well

Turtle Ridge Gallery

Turtle Ridge is showing an extensive new line of colorful shibori dyed clothing: Tunics, Wraps, ponchos, shawls and scarves.  New bag designs feature spotted cowhide, stitched motifs and precious tooled and hand-painted designs.  Stroll through the garden, enjoy refreshments and tour the studio for a design demonstration.

Cousin’s Walk

Marcy Farber will paint on anything, and always with her original designs. Floor coverings, furniture, clothing, and stones on occasion. She’s been re-purposing fiber, fabric and pre-loved clothing way before it was considered ‘green’.  Marcy’s gallery and studio are right next to her home on Lakeview Rd in Ellison Bay.

Get to Know an Artist~The Potteries In Ellison Bay

Art of Creating~Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~Art of Living Well

The thriving art community of Ellison Bay is home to three potteries. Ellison Bay Pottery was opened by John Dietrich and Diane McNeil in 1974.  Clay Bay Pottery was started by David and Jeanne Aurelius in 1976. Gills Rock Stoneware began in Gills Rock by Thor and Judy Thoreson and moved to Ellison Bay in 1989. All three potteries are members of the Door County Potter’s Guild. All three potteries feature functional pottery, beautiful pottery that can be used every day and decorative pottery as well.

Ellison Bay Pottery Studios

In 1966 John Dietrich discovered clay on a dare and soon discovered that he was hooked. After six years as Master Potter Abe Cohn‘s assistant at both the Milwaukee and Fish Creek Potters Wheel studios, John purchased his property in Ellison Bay. Now, in 2013, John is still hooked, still learning and still excited each day to go into the studio. John and his wife Diane see making functional pottery that people use every day as a mission, to make each person who buys one of their pots happier.  Which in turn makes them happy. This weekend’s Crawl will feature the ‘100 Mug-O-Rama’  mugs created for the Door County Potter’s Guild Spring Tour.  Each pottery made at least 100 one of a kind mugs. Find also new pots and new glazes, always. Sign up to win a beautiful piece of pottery.

Clay Bay Pottery

Clay Bay Pottery will be featuring new work and new artists for the summer season. Pottery created by Jeanne and David Aurelius has spring in mind with decorations of trilliums, daffodils, birds, and budding birches.  A selection of wine coolers, teapots, mugs and lamps are filling the gallery. Featured artists, Mary Deneen and Martha Winter have new baby bowl sets and Peder Hegland has created beautiful trays adorned with leaves and birds. Sylvia Youell is also represented at the gallery with her beautiful sterling silver jewelry. A new modern line of Dansk jewelry from Denmark is now on display for everyday wear and elegant occasions. Fresh on the pottery scene is work by Abigail Olson and Adam Hutchinson. Refreshments including David’s famous cookies will be served. Sign up to win a beautiful bowl and watch demonstrations on Saturday from 1pm – 3pm.

Gills Rock Stoneware

An opportunity to sell pots in a Door County, Wisconsin gallery introduced Judy and Thor to their future home on this northern peninsula bordering Lake Michigan. Gills Rock Stoneware (GRS) began in the loft of a commercial fishing shed in the village of Gills Rock, WI. After years of commuting back and forth from Illinois, Judy quit teaching and joined Thor in the business of making and selling pottery. In 1989, the couple bought a historic building in Ellison Bay, WI, which is the current home, studio, and gallery of Gills Rock Stoneware.

Today, GRS has grown to include a staff of 8 to 10 talented artisans who assist Judy and Thor in the production of a unique line of handmade pottery characterized by its strong shapes and bold colors. The work is both modern and classic, honoring the tradition of Thor’s teacher and mentor, Bauhaus trained potter Marguerite Wildenhain.

Get to Know an Artist – Savory Spoon Cooking School

Art of Creating~Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~Art of Living Well

Stop by 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!

The Savory Spoon Cooking School is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and is a seasonal school open from June through October each year. We welcome you to come have fun in our kitchen, whether you are planning a special event or just need to learn the basics. Expand you repertoire of techniques and recipes in our exciting hands on classes. Take your taste buds on a culinary tour of the world while learning to combine the flavors of different cultures. This is the perfect opportunity for the home cook to infuse meals with a loving professional touch and a pinch of the exotic.


Savory Spoon Cooking School – Door County, WI – Cooking Classes, Culinary Tours, Marketplace of gourmet foods.