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.

Get to Know an Artist – The Clearing Folk School

 Art of Creating Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~ Art of Living Well

The Clearing Folk School’s Jens Jensen Visitor Center and Bookstore Gift Shop will warmly welcome visitors with docent tours and demonstrations of fine crafts and art by The Clearing’s talented volunteers.   The school was founded in 1935 by renowned Danish-born landscape architect Jens Jensen, and is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places.  The Clearing provides weeklong classes and retreats for adults May through October, plus one-, two- and three-day classes mid-June through mid-November.  Homemade cookies and beverages will be available, as well as catalogs for this year’s program classes. Sign up to win some unique door prizes.

According to Jens Jensen, “Instruction at The Clearing is non-competitive – there are no credits, no grades, no degrees, no pitting of one student against another.” This method of teaching is what the Danes called “The Living Word.” Discussion, conversation, nature study and hands-on work are emphasized, rather than learning just in the classroom, through reading and writing. The folk school experience at The Clearing is a unique combination of learning, history, tradition, social interaction and quiet reflection.

The Clearing Folk School.

Get to Know an Artist – Island Orchard Cider

Art of Creating ~Art of Learning

Art Of Cooking~Art of Living Well

The newest member of Ellison Bay Arts, Island Orchard Cider,  joins Savory Spoon Cooking School in the food arts of life.


                  We specialize in a Normandy Style Cider. Our family produces traditional French ciders which are dry, crisp and refreshing.
Come visit our Ellison Bay Cider House and see where the handcrafted ciders are fermented & bottled. Then enjoy samples in our Tasting Room. Gluten-Free 7% Alcohol.

Get to Know an Artist – Bonnie Paruch

Art of Creating~Art of Learning

Art of Cooking~Art of Living Well

Bonnie Paruch Studio is opening for the season with a newly remodeled gallery space and the introduction of Bonnie’s first book, “A Brush with Life”. View a new collection of oil and pastel paintings, enjoy refreshments and take a walk along the prairie trail. Celebrate Bonnie’s 20th year Door county. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a nationally know teacher and award winning  ”Artist to Collect” per Southwest Art Magazine. International Artist described Bonnie as ” one of America’s leading landscape painters.

Brushwork and Light – Painting Life

Bonnie Paruch - Biography

Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America.  Her vibrant pastel paintings have been juried into the presigious P.S.A. National shows in New York five times, garnering three awards.

In 2002 she wrote an article describing her plein air painting techniques for International Pastel Artist magazine.  International Artist magazine has featured Bonnie’s plein air work and identified her as one of “America’s leading landscape painters”.

She is an award winning participant in Invitational Plein Air competitions including Tucson Plein Air, Door County Plein Air, Cedarburg Plein Air, and Rocky Mountain Plein Air.

Bonnie was identified as an “Artist to collect” by Southwest Art magazine.  Her additional publications include American Artist Magazine where she was honored to be the cover artist, The Pastel Journal, North Light Magazine, and the Best of Flower Painting Two, a North Light book.

She teaches popular painting workshops throughout the Midwest, and welcomes visitors to her studio and gallery in rural Sister Bay (Door Counnty), Wisconsin.  You can follow her blog. She welcomes new friends on facebook.

Artist’s Statement:

For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing and painting the wonders of nature and life. I’m seduced by the beauty I see around me. My style may be summed up by the words a gentleman spoke to me at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona ,”You paint like a dead Russian!” he said.

I am inspired by color, light, the texture of my paint and the energy of life itself.  I strive for clarity of purpose with an economy of means.

When I begin to paint , I ask myself a series of questions.  First and foremost, what is the “big” idea and the focus of the work?  My central interest and overall concept is often triggered by an emotional reaction. Communicating that emotion and sense of wonder is the driving force in my painting design. I use shapes, values, colors, edges, brushwork and line to share my  point of view.

I believe composed is the root or essence of the word composition. It’s ironic that a word  suggesting stillness and repose is also used to describe the active creative process of making a painting.  The many parts of a painting composition; it’s design, connected shapes, light and dark values, color harmonies, edges, and atmosphere, are all elements subservient to my intent. My intent can be obvious, a path to a beautiful spot on a canvas, or it can also be mysterious.  Often, I create paintings with an undefined pathway for the viewer to discover and travel on their own.

In essence I consider myself a story teller. For me, a successful  painting goes beyond recording the facts – a camera can do that. My goal in painting is to create a  personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.

Bonnie Paruch Studio is opening for the season with a newly remodeled gallery space and the introduction of Bonnie’s first book, “A Brush with Life”. View a new collection of oil and pastel paintings, enjoy refreshments and take a walk along the prairie trail. Celebrate Bonnie’s 20th year Door county. She is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, a nationally know teacher and award winning  ”Artist to Collect” per Southwest Art Magazine. International Artist described Bonnie as ” one of America’s leading landscape painters.

2013 Spring Art Crawl Theme: Birds and Bees = Spring

The artists, galleries and schools in Ellison Bay can’t wait to show off all the new art, classes, clothing, household furnishings, Asian antiques, cheese, pottery, paintings, cider and refreshments at the Ellison Bay Arts Spring Art Crawl May 18 and 19 in Ellison Bay.

Ellison Bay is home to three potteries, two schools, a contemporary folk art gallery, two fabric, leather and fiber galleries, an antique and original Asian art gallery, a gallery full of paintings and a cider house and tasting room.

There’s enough original fine craft and fine art in Ellison Bay to satisfy all creative Lovers of Art’s passion for hunting out the unique and one of a kind works.

The two schools: The Clearing Folk School and Savory Spoon Cooking School and Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese can feed the need to create your own work and plan to demonstrate just that all weekend.

The three potteries: Clay Bay Pottery, Gills Rock Stoneware and Ellison Bay Pottery, will wow shoppers with the beauty, functionality, and variety in each gallery. These potters, whose work reflects their love of all things Door County, are also founding members of the Door County Potters Guild.

Is contemporary folk art such as carvings, baskets and paintings along with other traditional American crafts your passion? Visit Newport House Gallery to explore and discover.

Fabric and leather painted with original designs, other fiber arts or even painted rugs and furniture  are at both Cousin’s Walk and then Turtle Ridge Studio Gallery. These two artists with distinctively different styles create a feast for the eyes.

The newest members of the Ellison Bay Arts are Bonnie Paruch, who paints, teaches and fills her gallery with her atmospheric paintings of Door County and the Island Orchard Cider House and Tasting Room which makes hard apple cider in the Normandy tradition.

Be sure to take a little side trip to Asia, right in the middle of downtown Ellison Bay: Linden Gallery is full of Asian antiques and original Asian art. It’s like a museum where everything is for sale.

Ellison Bay Arts encourages you to come and stay for coffee, lunch or dinner at the many fine restaurants in Northern Door May 18 and 19 while you explore all the arts Ellison Bay has to offer.

Maps are available at all member galleries. For more information call 920-854-5049 or visit our Ellison Bay Arts Facebook Page.