Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-05

Wildlife Biennial Opens Saturday At Miller Art Museum

By Tim Kowols

A staple of the Miller Art Museum's exhibition calendar returns this Saturday when Wildlife Biennial XVIII opens to the public. Since 1983, local and regional artists have captured nature in a variety of different media, including paintings, sculptures, and taxidermy, to be put on display. Executive Director Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead says the subject matter has a lot to do with why the exhibition continues to be a popular draw for both artists and visitors.



The Wildlife Biennial opens at the Miller Art Museum with a reception on June 3 and runs until July 18. You can see some selections from the exhibition online with this story.

Works featured courtesy of the Miller Art Museum and the artists

1.     Ellen Anderson, Returning, oil on canvas

2.     Gary Eigenberger, Pygmy Owl, oil, tupelo

3.     Bill Reid, Honey Badger Apiartist, painted steel (larger image file available upon request)

4.     Gene Reineking, Prairie Speed, Oregon soapstone

5.     Kim Russell, Duetto, ink

6.     Cynthia Tumpach, Grand Teton Range, oil









Jacksonport's Maifest Highlights Weekend Activities In Door County

By Mark Kanz

The summer season gets its unofficial start this weekend and for 45 years Jacksonport's Maifest has a part of the Memorial Day activities in northern Door County.  Committee member Ann Sheridan says the event brings the community together.  Year-round and seasonal residents work side-by-side to produce the event.  Activities begin Saturday morning with a parade at 10:30 and something you won't see at other festivals, the traditional Maypole dance organized by Beth Hahn.



One of the main attractions of the event is an art fair featuring over 100 artists and crafters starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Other activities include a 10K run or 2K walk Sunday morning.  Sheridan adds that the corn roast is always a popular food staple of Maifest.


Hunt Quartet Visits Door County To Kick Off Midsummer's Music Festival

By Tim Kowols

The Midsummer's Music Festival will get an early start to the season this Friday when it hosts a pair of performances this Friday. The University of Wisconsin's Hunt Quartet will be performing selections by Haydn, Beethoven, Prokofiev as they fill in for Pro Arte, which had one of its musicians get injured recently. Prior to their Friday evening performance, Midsummer's Music Festival Executive Director Russ Warren says the Hunt Quartet will showcase their talents in an assembly at Sevastopol School.



Friday night's concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.


Miller Art Museum's Salon Of High School Art Announces Award Winners

By Paul Schmitt

The Miller Art Museum released the award winners of the 43rd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art.  A public reception was held last week in front of a packed house of students, parents, relatives and community members.  The public awards presentation saw art teachers from the five high schools present certificates to all the students that participated while Curator of Exhibits and Collections Deborah Rosenthal presented cash awards.  Rosenthal says the area students displayed impressive works of art that the public can still visit and appreciate.



This year's salon featured more than 150 works of art from 111 students from the Door County schools.  The exhibit will remain up until May 30 at the Miller Art Museum located in the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay.  You can find the names of the students who won awards with this story online with the complete news release.




(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – May 4, 2017 — The Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, WI, revealed the award winners of the "43rd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art" during a public reception April 24. It was a packed house as students, parents, relatives and community members were present to celebrate the artistic accomplishments of the Peninsula's young artists, enjoy refreshments and see the public awards presentation.


The art teachers – Emily Salm (Gibraltar), Klayton Kindt (Sevastopol), George Ouimette (Southern Door), Nicole Herbst (Sturgeon Bay) and Melanie Enger (Washington Island) -- presented Certificates of Participation to all participating student artists. Curator of Exhibits and Collections Deborah Rosenthal presented cash awards; $100 Awards of Excellence went to Elizabeth Charney (Gibraltar, grade 11), Lamyra Adams (Sevastopol, grade 11); Austin Claflin (Southern Door, grade 12); Joseph Doucette (Sturgeon Bay, grade 11); and Finn Hagen (Washington Is, grade 11). Honorable Mention Awards of $50 each were presented to Kathleen Jackson (Gibraltar, grade 11); Jada Lauscher(Sevastopol, grade 11); Emma Jeanquart (Southern Door, grade 11); Liam Ostrand (Sturgeon Bay, grade 11); and Korrina Ervin (Washington Is, grade 11). Students received the monetary awards, given for overall performance in art class, which were made possible by exhibit sponsors John and Kathy Campbell, Dennis and Bonnie Connolly, Miriam Erickson, the Jacksonport Women's Club, Dave and Lois Murphy, Carl and Ruth Scholz, Michael and Barbara Sweeney, and Hermke and Elke Timm.


"There is incredible value for both students and our community in hosting an event like the Salon, said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, MAM executive director. Mr. Miller, museum founder and brainchild of the event, would be honored to know that this show continues to be one of the most popular and well-attended exhibits each year. Last Monday's event culminated nearly a year's worth of hard work from art departments across the Peninsula and we couldn't be more thrilled to have recognized these students at such an awesome event. There was such great energy in the galleries." 


In addition, Gigstead had the pleasure of acknowledging the Door County Art League (DCAL) and the organization's involvement with the Salon over the course of the past 10 years. In light of DCAL's dissolution earlier this year, she gifted checks in the amount $100 to each art teacher to be used towards the purchase of art supplies for the classroom. The Miller Art Museum was the recipient of a portion of the DCAL's assets, which will provide continued funding for the Salon for the foreseeable future. DCAL was a coalition of artists and art lovers committed to promoting the creative arts in Door County, and to supporting each other through mentoring, exhibitions, workshops, and fellowship.

This year's salon features more than 150 works of art from 111 students from the 5 high schools in Door County.  The exhibit will be on view at the Miller through Tuesday, May 30.  Admission is free and the facility is fully accessible.


The Miller Art Museum, located in the Door County Library, 107 South 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays. Please call 920.746.0707 for more information, or visit on Facebook:

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.




1.     Award winners from the "43rd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art." Pictured from left to right: Lamyra Adams (Sevastopol, Award of Excellence), Joey Doucette (Sturgeon Bay, Award of Excellence), Emma Jeanquart (Southern Door, Honorable Mention), Kathleen Jackson (Gibraltar, Honorable Mention), Elizabeth Charney (Gibraltar, Award of Excellence), and Liam Ostrand (Sturgeon Bay, Honorable Mention). Not pictured are Jada Lauscher, Austin Claflin, Finn Hagen and Korrina Ervin. Miller Art Museum photograph by R. Michael Nitsch.


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