Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-04

Ag Heritage & Resources Center Celebrating "Spring Opener" Tonight (Saturday)

By Paul Schmitt


The Agricultural Heritage & Resources Center south of Kewaunee has their Spring Opener tonight (Saturday) night with Music on The Farm.  The first scheduled event of the year will have a well-known area band performing, according to executive committee member Sue Sevcik.



A "Music on the Farm" Polka Dance will be held next Saturday, May 6 from 1 until 4pm, according to Sevcik.  The Agricultural Heritage & Resources facility is located five miles south of Kewaunee on Highway 42 and is available to host activities that bring family and community together.  You can find contact information online with this story.


(photo from Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.)


Kewaunee Chamber Sponsoring "Sip, Savor, & Support The Arts" Event This Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

The Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce is having a unique event to support the Kewaunee Artisan Center.  The first ever Sip, Savor & Support the Arts will be held Saturday afternoon and evening.  Chamber Administrative Assistant Molly Srnka describes what people can look forward to at Lakehaven Hall on Saturday.



A silent auction and live music will be provided as well, according to Srnka.  The Kewaunee Artisan Center on Harrison Street was formed in 2014 by 15 local art students.   Admission to the Sip, Savor, & Support the Arts event is $10 at the door and will be held from 2 pm until 8 pm Saturday.


Jeanne Kuhns' Painting Wins Award In Manhattan Arts International Online Gallery

By Paul Schmitt

Door County artist Jeanne Kuhns has received an Award of Merit for her painting entered in the online exhibition through the Manhattan Arts International.  The show opened Thursday and features Kuhn's painting, called "Anticipation".  Kuhns describes her water-color painting which was a significant personal memory.

Over 1,000 entrants from around the world submitted artwork for the online gallery to promote Women Artists. Kuhns was one of 63 women artists featured.  The online exhibit will stay up through June 27.  You can see a picture of Kuhn's award-winning painting and a link to the HER Story 2017 online exhibition below:

(photo of painting "Anticipation" compliments of  HER Story 2017 online exhibition)




(Cover photo contributed)


Authors To Visit Through Write On! Door County, NDCC Collaboration

By Tim Kowols

Write On! Door County and the Northern Door Children's Center are collaborating to bring awareness to the importance of early literacy. As a part of the Week of the Young Child, the two organizations are bringing in authors all week long to talk about their writings and meet with some of their biggest fans. Write On! Door County Executive Director Jerod Santek says there is something magical that happens when kids get to meet authors.



As a part of the Week of the Young Child, Northern Door Children's Center will host a literacy breakfast for families to enjoy Thursday morning beginning at 7:30.


"Death Folk" Releasing First Album With A Blend Of Folk Music And More

By Paul Schmitt

A local band called "Death Folk" who has been playing music throughout Door County the last six years, are releasing their first album.  Jessica Holland and Nick Hoover make up the duet that blends a variety of music genres like folk music, rap, soul, and classic country to produce their own sound.  Holland shares what will be on the new album.





Hoover says the new album should broaden their appeal.





The new album with original music is being produced right now at Painted Recordings in Sturgeon Bay.  The unusual band name "Death Folk" came from joking about the joy in murder ballets, but did not play death metal, but rather death folk music, according to Holland and Hoover.  You can watch the video of Death Folk performing their original song "Light" in studio below:

To order the new album go to:

(Cover photo contributed)


Luxemburg-Casco High School Displaying Artwork From Top Artists In Schools

By Paul Schmitt

The Luxemburg-Casco School District is celebrating the second annual L-C Fine Arts Showcase.  Opening night was held Friday evening with a visual arts awards ceremony.  The showcase features works of visual arts, literary arts, technical arts, culinary arts and musical art students of all ages.   Intermediate art teacher and coordinator Todd Pociask says the arts are a great learning tool for students.



The Luxemburg-Casco Fine Arts Showcase will run through Tuesday and is open to the public during school hours.  You can see images of some of the over 600 entries of artwork displayed below.









LEAP Looks At "Power Of Community" In New Show

By Tim Kowols

Students from the county's four high schools will join once again to address the issue of social change. LEAP---The Human Kindness Project is in its third year of helping youth and adults learn to empower and appreciate all people through the Door County Medical Center-sponsored program. The students collaborate with local artists to identify an issue, which will be on display through four performances of the show's theme "Power of Community." LEAP producer Terry Lundahl says it still is amazing how the thirty-five students come together in November to put on the annual show.


"LEAP---The Human Kindness Project: Power of Community" will do performances for the public at the Southern Door Auditorium this Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. You can find ticket information online with this story.

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Miller Art Museum Featuring Area High School Artwork With New Exhibit Starting Saturday

By Paul Schmitt

Door County students will showcase their best artwork at the 43rd annual Salon of Door County High School Art at the Miller Art Museum starting on Saturday.  Curator of the museum Deborah Rosenthal says the exhibit is one of the most popular and is reflective of the excellence in teaching art at the five Door County high schools.



A public reception will be held next Monday evening where five Awards of Excellence and five Honorable mentions which are cash awards will be presented at 7:30 pm.  The Salon of Door County High School Art exhibit will stay up until May 30.


(images submitted)


  1. Izzy Vreeke, Flower Tea Pot, ceramics (Sturgeon Bay)   mam1vreeke-izzy_flower-tea-pot_ceramics-sturgeon-bay

  2. Jayda Greenwood, Untitled, wood, acrylic (Gibraltar)  mam2greenwood-jayda_untitled_wood-acrylic-gibraltar

  3. Katie Peterson, Impressionistic Study, acrylic (Sturgeon Bay)  mam3peterson-katie_impressionistic-study_acrylic-sturgeon-bay

  4. Amber Kelly, Girl with Flowers, wire, paper (Gibraltar)  mam4kelly-amber_girl-with-flowers_wire-paper-gibraltar

  5. Isabelle Austgen, Untitled (cactus), pen and ink (Gibraltar)  mam5austgen-isabelle_untitled-cactus_pen-and-ink-gibraltar

  6. Lamyra Adams, Milkshake, acrylic (Sevastopol)   mam6adams-lamyra_milkshake_acrylic-sevastopol

  7. Sierra Sargent, Nothing Rhymes with Llama, acrylic (Sevastopol)  mam7sargent-sierra_nothing-rhymes-with-llama_acrylic-sevastopol


complete news release below:

Miller Art Museum Celebrates Young Peninsula Artists & Their Talent in New Exhibition


(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – April 14, 2017 — Once a year, the main gallery of the Miller Art Museum is transformed into an exhibition space for the students of the Door Peninsula. A keystone of the Museum's exhibit calendar, the "43rd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art" opens Saturday, April 22 with a public reception scheduled for Monday, April 24 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The event is free to all – students, families, guests and the general public – and light refreshments will be served. Along with opening remarks and recognition of sponsors, art teachers will present Certificates of Participation to all participating student artists along with five Awards of Excellence and five Honorable Mentions, which are cash awards; this presentation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


Visitors to the show can expect to see the walls of the museum brimming with the fruit of students' inspiration and hard work created during the 2016-17 school year.


"The show is a reflection of the excellence in teaching art seen in each of the five Door County high schools and features the inspired results created in the schools' classrooms," says Deborah Rosenthal, curator.


The museum is pleased to welcome one new teacher, Melanie Enger of Washington Island High School, who is participating for the first time this year.


"The art teachers introduce their students to a variety of techniques and art approaches and it is always exciting to welcome the inspiration that a teacher new to this project brings to the whole process," Rosenthal continued.


The eagerly anticipated exhibition includes works of art in the following media: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, graphics, pastel, collage, and ceramics.


The Salon of Door County High School Art (SoHSA) is a tradition at the Miller Art Museum for more than 40 years. Museum founders Gerhard and Ruth Miller, who enthusiastically supported this endeavor, would be pleased to know that each and every spring we continue to celebrate the art that is being made and taught in our communities.


"The students are incredibly fortunate," says Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director." "This opportunity doesn't exist in all communities. We have such a wonderfully abundant and supportive arts community here in Door County that embraces this and we are thrilled, with the support of our exhibition sponsors, to be able to present this celebratory arts event every year."


This exhibition, showcasing the work of 107 students, remains on view through Tuesday, May 30. Museum admission is free.


About the Miller Art Museum

The Miller Art Museum is a multifaceted nonprofit organization showcasing an array of visual art through ever-changing thematic, invitational and juried exhibits and houses a stunning permanent collection of Wisconsin art. The museum's rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1975 and continues through its mission to foster and inspire the creative life of the community and to be a catalyst for enrichment through cultural, art appreciation, and educational programming for people of all ages. The museum is located in the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay located at 107 S. 4th Ave. Free admission. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Mon. and 10 am to 5 pm Tues. through Sat. An elevator is available to access galleries in the mezzanine.  For more information visit call (920) 746-0707.


St. Peters Kindergarten Teacher Becky Thoma Receives National Award

By Paul Schmitt

Becky Thoma, a St. Peters Lutheran School kindergarten teacher from Sturgeon Bay, was named the National Teacher of the Month for March by Arts Attack.  Thoma who says she was honored by the award shares what she looks forward to in and outside the classroom.



Thoma graduated from Manitowoc Lutheran High School and Martin Luther College in Minnesota before first teaching in the inner-city of Chicago for two years before moving to Appleton to start a family.  She then moved to Sturgeon Bay where she started teaching kindergarten at St. Peters in 2006.  Arts Attack recognizes elementary and middle school teachers nationwide monthly for exemplifying an online curriculum while exhibiting out-of-the-box thinking with art techniques.


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