Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2017-09

Winners announced for 42nd Juried Annual at Miller Art Museum


By Deborah Rosenthal


(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – September 29, 2017 — The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay today announced the winners of its 42nd Juried Annual exhibition.


The Juried Annual is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Northeast Wisconsin's artists at the Miller Art Museum, located inside the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, since 1975. The body of work that has been exhibited through the years reflects more than 40 years of contemporary work by visual artists working 2-dimensionally throughout the county and region.


Awards were given in painting (oil, acrylic and pastel), photography and glass; winners were chosen from 47 works selected from more than160 entries.


"Santa Maria della Salute," a skillfully executed pastel painting of the historic 17th-century structure that guards the entrance to the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, by Richard Geudtner of Sturgeon Bay, was awarded the respected Gerhard CF Miller Award of Excellence.


Melissa Resch of Sturgeon Bay was awarded the Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity for her lush, richly textured abstract oil painting "Fruta-do-conde." The piece is part of a series of work created during a 6-month residency in Brazil. Resch's work garners inspiration from many sources she has personally experienced in her travels and residences around the globe.


Additional winning artists, announced by Curator of Exhibits and Collections Deborah Rosenthal at the awards presentation during the opening reception on Saturday, September 9 are Tom DeMint (Egg Harbor) for his oil painting "Lake Park Bistro," Stephanie Holznecht (Luxemburg) for her acrylic painting titled "Brighter Days Ahead" and Brian Pier (Egg Harbor) for his oil painting "Summer Shade, Grant Park." The panel of jurors comprised of Dan Cross, Joye Moon and Leslie Walfish recognized these three works individually, giving them a Juror's Award.


Cody LaCrosse (Sturgeon Bay) was recognized for his digital photograph, "Smoke Screen," Katy Moore (Sturgeon Bay) for her glass piece titled "Simpatico" and Rolf Olson (Sturgeon Bay) for his digital photograph, "Milkweed Nebula." The artists were awarded Special Merit Awards.  


This year's Juried Annual is presented by Camilla Nielsen, Third Avenue Playhouse, the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and Henk and Buttons Wolst.


Cash awards for Special Merit Awards are $175; Jurors Choice, $125; Gerhard CF Miller Award of Excellence, $175; and Bonnie Hartmann Award for Outstanding Creativity, $100.


The public is invited to a free panel presentation to hear unique perspectives from the jurors to be held on Thursday, October 12, 10:30AM in the main gallery of the museum – the last of this year's Second Thursday Program Series.


The 42nd Juried Annual continues through October 30. Images of the award presentation and opening reception can be found by visiting the museum's Facebook page at


The museum is open to the public 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The museum is closed Sundays. Admission is free.



"Fruta-do-conde" by Melissa Resch




"Lake Park Bistro" by Tom DeMint




"Brighter Days Ahead"  Stephanie Holznecht



"Summer Shade, Grant Park" by Brian Pier



"Smoke Screen" by Cody LaCrosse



"Milkweek Nebula" by Rolf Olson




"Simpatico" by Katy Moore



"Santa Maria della Salute," by Richard Geudtner



Autumnfest in Baileys Harbor is this weekend

By Paul Schmitt

The lakeside of the Peninsula will be buzzing with activity this weekend as the annual Baileys Harbor Autumnfest is celebrated.    Saturday will feature a 5k run, the Pin Ups & Pistons Classic Car and Motorcycle Show with a photo shoot,  as well as music and arts & crafts. Michael Tafacory of the Baileys Harbor Community Association says there will be plenty of cars and plenty of food for visitors to enjoy.



Sunday's activities include the Farmer's Market starting at 9 a.m. and live music again from 11 until 1.  You can find the complete schedule of events for the Baileys Harbor Autumnfest online with this story.



8am • Hey Hey 5k Run at Door County Brewing Co.

9am-3pm • Baileys Harbor Fire Dept. Open House

9am-3pm • Classic Auto & Motorcycle Show (Day of registration 9am-11am)

9am-4pm • Arts & Crafts

9am-4pm • Food & Beverage Stand at Kendall Park

11am-3pm • Live Music by DR. FREEZE at Kendall Park

12pm-3pm • Pistons & Pin Ups Photo Shoot

3pm • Awards Ceremony

7pm-9pm •  Live Music by Augie's Blues Experiment at Door County Brewing Co.


9am-1pm • Farmer's Market

11am-1pm • Live Music by The Sidekicks


Purinton's new book features unique "Stavkirke" on Washington Island

By Paul Schmitt

Retired ferry captain and author Dick Purinton of Washington Island has come out with a new book about a unique and historic Norwegian church on the Island.  Purinton's fifth publication is called "Island Stavkirke: The Story of Washington Island's Norwegian Replica".  Stavkirke is Norwegian for stave meaning the mast or center pillars and Kirke meaning church.  The history of the wooden structure dates back over a thousand years ago in Europe with the church on Washington Island being built in the early 1990's.  Purinton says the book shares why the church was built on the Island and the collaborative effort to build it.



The "Island Stavkirke"  has well over 100 images inside the soft cover publication that had only 2,000 copies made, according to Purinton.


You can find the list of places the book is available for sale below or visit to order online.



Third Avenue Books (BookWorld) in Sturgeon Bay


Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek


Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Boutique in Sister Bay


Various locations on Washington Island


Kuhn's "Escarpment" movie receives national acclaim

By Paul Schmitt

Roger Kuhn's new movie "Escarpment" is being shown around the country and receiving national recognition.  The Great Lakes Film Festival in Erie, Pennsylvania recently featured the documentary about the Niagara Escarpment.  Kuhns, who is also a writer and geologist in Door County, also received an award for the movie at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Festival.  In addition to that,   "Escarpment" was selected by the Miami Independent Film Festival and was a semi-finalist at the Cine Festival in Los Angeles earlier this year.  Kuhn says he decided to do the movie after many requests and offering classes on the Niagara Escarpment at The Clearing.



"Escarpment" debuted back in April during the Earth Week celebration in Door County.  Kuhn says a companion book of the movie will be made available for purchase in the near future.


Secret Treasures of Door County: The Garden Door

By Tom Jordan

Periodically, author and photographer Tom Jordan will share with us selections from what he believes are truly Secret Treasures of Door County. You can find some of his work in two of his books, Secret Treasures of Door County and Secret Treasures of Sturgeon Bay. Both books are available with all proceeds benefitting the Door County Community Foundation. 


Right off Highway 42, just north after it splits away from 57 as you leave Sturgeon Bay, you'll find a special part of Door County that few people even know exists, and even fewer people know how to find it. It's called the Garden Door. It first opened in 2005.


This is a joint effort of the Door County Master Gardeners Association and the Peninsular Research Station.


It's open year round. And it's free. There's parking right next to the entrance. When you enter you feel like you are stepping into a magical place. The entire area is lush with flowers, grasses, cactus, trees, colorful chairs and beautiful benches.


Just a few weeks ago my wife and I brought a picnic lunch and set up in the gazebo. This was near the end of August and the weather was being typically schizophrenic; the clouds to the north were ominous and dark while the sky to the south was just white.  We enjoyed our picnic and loved wandering the paths amongst the tall grasses and variety of flowers. We would have brought our little dog with us, but no pets are allowed on the property.


What's really nice is that no matter what time of year you visit, there is always something new to see. And as you walk around you are filled with new ideas of what is possible in your own garden.


It's divided into many different areas that include a cactus garden, a butterfly garden, a dwarf conifer garden, a faerie garden, a tunnel garden, a sundial garden, a gazebo garden, a grass and perennial garden, a pond with koi...and so much more.


And there's a small box on the entrance for donations.  If we all are generous this precious treasure will be here for years to come. J


The Garden Door. One of my favorite Secret Treasures in Door County.


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Statz Paints New Packer Fence For The Season

By Cynthia Germain

The mural on the iconic fence on Lombardi Avenue outside of Lambeau field was unveiled last evening.  Zane Statz, local mural artist and graphic designer, originally from Door County and living now in Green Bay, creates the themed mural each with fellow artist and designer Spencer Young.  The mural spans the 70' x 6' fence that, until recent years, had the Packer's slogan on it.  Three seasons ago, the theme was Eddie Lacy and the Cheesehead Nation, and last year's display was of Roger's to Roger's hail Mary that occurred in Detroit.  This year, the design is focused on "The Defenders of Lambeau".



The work of the mural had taken about 14 hours yesterday, finished at 8:00 p.m. last night.  The fence is painted over every year so Statz and Young use a mixture of high-grade house paint, acrylic paint and some spray paint for the effects. They begin the season's planning with 20-30 concepts before finalizing with the fence's owner, and Zane finds much enjoyment in the final unveiling.



There were many visitors of the mural last evening, and both Clay Matthews and Mike Daniels tweeted the new mural overnight.  Over 100,000 people will see it today at the Packer's first home game of the season.


(photo submitted)


Women's Fund of Door County holding an "ARTrageous Benefit" featuring local artisans

By Paul Schmitt

Original and unique Door County artwork will be up for sale for under $100 later this month with proceeds benefiting one of the area's most dynamic organizations.  The Women's Fund of Door County will be presenting "An Artrageous Benefit" that is to be held on September 23 in Sister Bay.  Founding Board Member B.J. Cassidy says the event is free to attend and the artwork will be affordable to purchase.



Cassidy adds that music and refreshments will be provided.  The Artrageous Benefit will be held at Rehberger's Hidden Acres Farm on Beach Road in Sister Bay starting at 2 p.m. for an art preview with the art sale beginning at 3 p.m on Saturday, September 23.  You can find more information on the Women's Fund of Door County with this link online.


Ephraim Vintage Car Festival This Weekend

By Alfredo Muente

The third annual Ephraim Vintage Festival will be held the weekend of September 8-10, which will feature a hill climb and the Concours d'Elegance, which will highlight rare Pre-War European, American Classics, and post-war sports cars. The festival will begin on Friday with a tour of Door County with stops at multiple boutiques, stops at bay side cafes, and art galleries as well. On Saturday, the hill climb runs will begin at 11:00 for all registered drivers. Later in the day, a technical presentation will convene at the Old Village Hall. Festival Executive Director John Baker Welch has done over 100 similar events across the country and says he wanted to take advantage of the ambiance of Door County, especially Ephraim.



There will also be a dinner dance at 6:00 for all event marshals, judges, and participants. On Sunday starting at 11:00, all classic automobiles will be positioned Bayside along Eagle Harbor in Ephraim where each vehicle will be judged and rated.



Naked Radio opens in Fish Creek this weekend

By Tim Kowols

The cast of "Naked Radio" hopes art imitates life when the musical makes its world-premiere this weekend in Fish Creek. The story begins when a snowstorm knocks out power to a county radio station, forcing a pair of local DJs into action to make up for the loss of its programming from its corporate parent. Members from Northern Sky Theater visited the radio stations of earlier this summer to learn about the equipment that is used and potential scenarios. Actor Chase Stoeger, who plays disc jockey Mike Young, says in addition to learning the material and the radio industry, the cast has been experimenting more with instrumentation on stage.



Naked Radio runs now until October 21.

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