Arts & Entertainment Archives for 2018-09

Author uses Door County as a setting for a murder mystery series

By Terry Kovarik              

Darci Hannah has combined her love of Door County and its well-known cherry treats with her love of writing. Hannah grew up in Illinois and vacationed with her family in Door County during the summer. When she decided to switch from writing historical fiction to murder mysteries, Door County was chosen as a perfect location of a fictional town.

 



 

Hannah's book, "Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies", is what she describes as a "cozy mystery" or a good book to bring to the beach. The protagonist Whitney Bloom reluctantly returns home to Door County from her new life in Chicago when her dad is accused of murder. Bloom, a baker by trade, finds herself trying to solve the crime while also serving up dishes made from Door County's famous crop.

 



 

"Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies" is the first novel in Hannah's "Very Cherry Mystery" series, all set in Door County. The second novel is due out next June, just in time for summer vacationers.

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Martinez to open "Abstract Thoughts" exhibit at Miller Art Museum

By Paul Schmitt    

The Miller Art Museum is hosting an Artist Talk program next month with Sandra Martinez to coincide with their new exhibit. Martinez and husband Wence, from Jacksonport, were named 2018 United States Artist Fellows in collaborative craft and were finalists for the 2017 American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship. She says it is an honor to have different family works displayed at the Miller Art Museum.



 

The Artist Talk with Martinez at the Miller Art Museum is scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, October 11. You can find more information about the event with this story online below.

Press Release:

 

(Sturgeon Bay, WI) – September 27, 2018 — The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay announces its final Second Thursday Program of 2018, an Artist Talk with contemporary Door County symbolist painter Sandra Martinez, which is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 11. The event, happening in conjunction with the Museum's newest exhibition, "Abstract Thoughts," will take place in the main gallery of the museum and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee and conversation; volunteer membership announcements will precede the program.

Milwaukee native Sandra Martinez renders contemporary works on paper and weaving designs that reference human, plant and shelter forms. Her designs evoke a shared human experience that transcends borders, race, and language. Select studies, chosen in collaboration with Wence Martinez, are handwoven into tapestries using traditional looms and Oaxacan hand spun wool.

Her process is meditative and explores automatic drawing and writing as a vehicle for spiritual focus. What begins as stream of consciousness content transitions into layers of ink, ash, dirt and acrylic washes that reveal human, plant, and shelter-forms.

One of her earliest art memories is digging in the sandbox to discover hidden layers of clay which she then shaped into objects. Her immediate, obsessive response to this material led to formal study in ceramics. Halfway through her degree, she discovered a love of meditative drawing that opened new paths for her life.

Her influences included Haitian cut metal sculpture, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Keith Haring, and Surrealist and Conceptual artists who broke free from traditional methods and materials. 

At age twenty-eight, a friend suggested that her drawings would translate well into weavings. A weaver in Oaxaca named Wence Martinez jumped at the challenge. His woven translation of her drawing sparked a desire to meet this man. At their first meeting in person in 1988, she commissioned fourteen new works, initiating a cross-cultural relationship and artistic collaboration that now spans thirty years. 

Martinez Studio in Jacksonport North of Sturgeon Bay offers Sandra's symbolist paintings and weaving designs alongside Wence's pattern-driven weavings. 

The Martinezes were named 2018 United States Artists Fellows in collaborative craft and were finalists for the 2017 American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship. Martinez is represented in the following permanent collections: Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, WI, National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL, and the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Abstract Thoughts remains on view through November 6, 2018.  Admission is Free.  For more information about this program call 920.746.0707 or visit www.facebook.com/millerartmuseum. For more on Sandra and Wence Martinez, visit martinezstudio.com.

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Osgood, Perlman take over the wheel at Door County Maritime Museum

By Tim Kowols       

New Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Kevin Osgood is looking forward to telling stories again in a museum setting. Prior to his time as the news director at a Green Bay television station, Osgood worked for a group of companies partnering with small museums to put together exhibits. Osgood says he enjoys the different ways of storytelling that museum exhibits can provide.



Joining Osgood is Sam Perlman, who was named the museum's deputy director and development manager. With fundraising well underway for the museum's Maritime Tower project, Perlman looks forward to having its three locations in Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay, and Baileys Harbor more engaged in the community.



Osgood and Perlman replace former executive director Amy Paul, who left the museum earlier this month. The Door County Maritime Museum will celebrate three major anniversaries in the coming year, including its 50th year of operation.

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Local artists part of national impressionism exhibit at the Peninsula School of Art

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County artists will be among those featured in a national exhibition of American impressionism art. The Peninsula School of Art is hosting the 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition of the American Impressionist Art Society. The show has previously only toured larger cities. Executive Director Catherine Hoke says Door County's growing reputation as an arts mecca helped attract the exhibit, as well as many talented local artists.

 



 

The exhibit of American impressionist art runs through October 28th. For more information click here

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Heise, Village of Egg Harbor wins Arts in the Community award

By Tim Kowols       

A state organization will recognize Ryan Heise and the Village of Egg Harbor for its commitment to the arts next month at a ceremony to be held in Wisconsin Dells. Arts Wisconsin named Heise as one of its recipients for the Arts in the Community Award. According to a release from the organization, Heise has been a guiding force for the development of the Public Arts Initiative in Egg Harbor, which helped commission a number of works to be on display throughout the village. Heise says he is excited to share the award with the community.



Public arts efforts in Rhinelander will also be recognized when Heise accepts the award in Wisconsin Dells on October 25th.

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Michelangelo 'Pieta' replica to display at National Shrine

By Tyler Campbell                     

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion along with the Diocese of Green Bay announced Tuesday a life-size casting of Michelangelo's 'Pieta' was placed at the National Shrine. The 'Pieta' is the exact replica of the one at St. Peter's Basilica. The National Shrine will now have one of the only one hundred that will be produced across the world.

Director of Communications and Event Coordinator Cory Campbell for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help shared the significance of bringing the replica to the facility.



 

The Pieta will become the focal point and be displayed at the new "Mother of Mercy Center" and "Events Center"  set to open in the spring of 2019.

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Tickets for the Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival almost gone

By Terry Kovarik              

Anyone hoping to take in the Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival may have to wait for the Spring Lighthouse Festival. Three of the tours are sold out. Door County Maritime Museum Marketing and Events Coordinator Carrie Dorski says the remaining tours, including the Sail Door County Schooner Cruise from Sister Bay to the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, are still available but booking fast.

 



 

For more information on the 2018 Fall Lighthouse Festival log on to the Door County Maritime Museum website.

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Why be an art gallery and framing shop owner - A career series

By Terry Kovarik              

You could call Connie Glowacki an artist with a passion to teach or a teacher with a passion for art. Both are evident at the Fish Creek gallery and framing shop she co-owns with her husband Mike. Glowacki captures the life of Door County with her watercolors and lithographs, which she sells and frames for visitors. And like the teacher she is, she also gives those who come into her shop a bit of encouragement with their own abilities.

 



 

Glowacki taught in the Janesville School system before retiring eleven years ago and starting the gallery, which is open six months out of the year.

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Door County visitors enjoy great weather at Autumnfest

By Tyler Campbell                     

The annual Autumnfest in Baileys Harbor was in full showing on a picture perfect fall Saturday afternoon. Saturday marked the 25th anniversary of the Autumnfest, sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association. Yearly attendee John Prindaville from Chicago Illinois shared what makes him attend this event every year.



 

The festival hosted numerous vendors and attractions, including live music, an open house at the local fire station, and the annual car and motorcycle show.

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Baileys Harbor Autumnfest this Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

The annual Autumnfest in Baileys Harbor will take place this Saturday.  The festival, sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association, will again include a huge Pin Ups & Pistons car and motorcycle show for the 25th year.   Brynn Swanson, the community coordinator, says this year's car show will honor a special person.



 

The Car show awards will be held at 3 pm with 10 class divisions and the Louie Oldenburg Best in Show Motorcycle.  The festival on Saturday begins with a Hey Hey 5 K run at 8 am.  Other activities include an open house at the fire station, an arts and crafts show, along with music and food.  You can find a complete schedule on the Baileys Harbor Autumnfest with the link below.

 

http://baileysharbor.doorcounty.com/play/events/autumnfest/

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Local mop maker inspires an artist to come to Algoma

By Terry Kovarik              

Algoma Mop Manufacturers gave Milwaukee-area artist Melissa Dorn some material for her latest works. She was also inspired to showcase those works in Algoma. Dorn's exhibition is called Mopping Up. It looks at the design and functionality of mops and their potential. Dorn's idea started with a childhood memory. A visit to East Shore Industries, which makes Algoma Mops, helped bring the concept for "Mopping Up" to light.

 



 

East Shore Industries, which owns Algoma Mop Manufacturers, employs people with disabilities. Melissa Dorn used her visit to the company to hold art workshops for ESI employees. "Mopping Up" will premiere October 5th at Yardstick on Steele Street in Algoma.

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Door County singer and songwriter talks about opening for the artist who inspires her

By Terry Kovarik              

Door County singer-songwriter Katie Dahl likes to perform her own works and those of fellow entertainers. Now she's getting a chance to join one of her favorite performers at Door Community Auditorium. Dahl will be the opening act for Dar Williams, who's known for her brand of pop-infused folk music. Dahl says she's been hoping for an opportunity to share the same stage with Williams close to home.

 



 

The concert is set for 7 PM Monday at Door Community Auditorium on Highway 42 in Fish Creek.

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Dinosaurs coming to Washington Island

By Tim Kowols       

After 65 million years of being extinct, even dinosaurs are finding a fall Door County vacation too good of an opportunity to pass up. Several fossils from Wausau-based Colossal Fossils will make the ferry ride to Washington Island for a day where the whole community can get up close to the bones of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Washington Island School science teacher Jessica Dennis says it is a great opportunity for students and community members who would otherwise have to spend hundreds of dollars to experience it elsewhere on their own.



A location still needs to be determined, but Washington Island residents and visitors will be able to check out the fossils during a public event on October 5th at 5:30 p.m.

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Secret Treasures: Fall in love with Door County

By Tom Jordan     

Something magical will begin in just a few short weeks. The days will grow shorter, the evenings will be cooler and the leaves will start to change into a fireworks display of color.

 

This is when tourists return, festivals will be celebrated and the entire Peninsula will be converted to one of the most colorful destinations in the country. It starts earlier farther up north. If you take the ferry to Washington Island you can climb the stairs at Mountain Park Lookout Tower and see a vast variety of breathtaking colors in every direction.

 

Near the middle to end of October, all of Door County will be blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery of the year. Make sure you visit all our state parks. This is where you can experience winding trails and vistas that dazzle at every turn. In Whitefish Dunes State Park Old Baldy is the last remaining tower on the Peninsula and gives you a 360-degree vista. And at Potawatomi State Park the ski hill provides an unbelievable view of colors for miles and miles.

 

Fall.  The time for fresh apples, tomatoes, corn and an autumn display of color that will take your breath away.

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Harvest Fest celebrated in Sturgeon Bay this Saturday

By Paul Schmitt    

Sturgeon Bay will be capping off their season's final festival this Saturday with Harvest Fest.  The annual event, which is held in the downtown along Third Avenue, will feature food, music, vendors as well as the 13th annual Harvest Festival Car Show sponsored by the Old Bolts Car Club.  Savanna Townsend, marketing and promotions director for the Sturgeon Bay Visitors Center, describes some of the activities visitors will experience.



 

The Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest will be from 9 until 5 pm.  The "Benches around the Bay" street art, where 25 benches were displayed throughout the city during the summer, will now be auctioned off at Martin Park at 5 pm Saturday.  You can find more information on the events held at Harvest Fest this Saturday with the link below.

 

 www.sturgeonbay.net.

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25th annual Ag Heritage Days coming up next weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

The Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will host the annual Agricultural Heritage Days September 22nd and 23rd.  The huge two-day event is sponsored by the Ag Heritage Center and features demonstrations, steam engine wagon rides, and displays of tractors and farm equipment.  Jim Rabas of the Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Incorporated says the event is truly a countywide effort to showcase its history.



 

Over 200 fourth grade students from Kewaunee County schools will get a sneak-peek the Friday before the 25th Ag Heritage Days kicks off to the public, according to Rabas.  You can find more details about Ag Heritage Days below.

Ag Heritage Days
Date: Sept. 22, 2018 - Sept. 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission:
Adults: $7.00
Kids 12-16 Years Old: $1.00
Under 12 Years Old: FREE
2-Day Pass: $10.00

Feature Events - Saturday
Antique Tractor Pull: Noon
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Feature Events - Sunday
Garden Tractor Pull: 11AM
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Location: Kewaunee County Fairgrounds

 

(photo courtesy of Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.)

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The Luxemburg-Casco Community Band looking to add members

By Paul Schmitt    

The love of music is still running deep for some thirty members of the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band but more members are needed.  Having been formed over 35 years ago, the L-C Community Band is looking to grow their ensemble to get ready for the fall and winter performances that are coming up.  Band Director Dawn Johnson, who has played for over 10 years with the group, says the brass section is a little light right now.



 

Johnson says the all-volunteer band played for the Kewaunee County Fair and area parades this past summer.  She adds that the band will begin weekly practices on Thursday evenings at the Middle School in Casco in preparation for Veterans Day and Christmas concert performances.  You can find contact information regarding the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band below.

Dawn Johnson  (920) 606-4811

https://www.facebook.com/lccommunityband/?ref=br_rs

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"Hymn Sing" brings gospel music to life at Crossroads Saturday -- VIDEO

By Paul Schmitt    

Old-fashion church music filled the Village Chapel at the Heritage Village at Big Creek Saturday afternoon.  Along with a pump organ accompanist, Reverend Don Heeringa led a "hymn sing" that featured songs chosen by the participants.  Here is a sample of the gospel songs sang at the Village Chapel.



 

The "Hymn Sing" was hosted by the Door County Historical Society as part of their summer series at the Heritage Village at Big Creek.  The Village Chapel is a scale-model of the original Ephraim Moravian Church.  You can watch a video of Saturday's "Hymn Sing" below.

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/1351533634982864/?t=196

 

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Peninsula Singers reaching out for new members

By Paul Schmitt    

One of Door County's longest running music performance groups is looking for a few new voices to join their ensemble.  The Peninsula Singers, a self-supporting non-profit organization, has been in existence for over 40 years.  Jeanne Barnard, a member dating back to 1974, says anyone who loves singing, especially tenors, are needed.



 

The Peninsula Singers is a non-auditioned chorus that will have two new co-directors this year, Mary Hall and Janet Anderson.  The fall rehearsals will begin with registration on Monday, September 24 at 6 pm at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.  Practice will begin at 7 pm and weekly practices every Monday from 7 until 8:30 pm.  Peninsula Singers first concerts of the season are two Christmas concerts in December.

(Photo courtesy of Peninsula Singers)

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Local organizations help keep Marina Fest afloat

By Tim Kowols       

A partnership between local organizations and the Village of Sister Bay has kept a nearly 25 year Labor Day tradition alive. The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department kicked off the festivities with a pancake breakfast which, along with serving other food throughout the weekend, is one of their biggest fundraisers of the year. Fire Chief Chris Hecht says partnering with the village to put on the three-day event is important.



Within one tradition another was born nearly 20 years ago when Sister Bay Lions Club member Bill Steger decided to host a wooden boat making activity for kids to participate in throughout the day. The Sister Bay Lions have kept the Marina Fest staple alive since Steger died 10 years ago. Member Tom Sadler says it is a great way for families to do something together and get acquainted with the Sister Bay Lions Club as well.



Marina Fest hosts events along the waterfront in Sister Bay through Monday afternoon.

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