This is a great time of year to plan a visit to Ellison Bay, which is located near the tip of the Door Peninsula.
Ellison Bay galleries and businesses are planning a Fall Art Crawl from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Participating businesses include Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay Pottery, Gills Rock Stoneware, Newport House Gallery, Turtle Ridge Gallery, Linden Gallery, Cousin’s Walk, The Clearing Folk School and Savory Spoon Cooking School & Artisan Cheese.
People on the crawl will have opportunities to see artists demonstrate their work in such media as pottery, handmade leather handbags, fiber art and jewelry. Also available at participating crawl businesses are antiques, mirrors, lamps and refreshments.
Another highlight of the Fall Art Crawl is taking studio tours and seeing the unique structures that house the crawl participants.
For example, Ellison Bay Pottery is housed in a former apple barn at 12156 Garrett Bay Rd. Here John Dietrich and his wife, Diane McNeil show their work including functional stoneware art and decorative vases. Nearby is Cousin’s Walk, 11940 Lakeview Rd, a gallery housed in a circa 1880s log cabin. Marcy Farber, the owner and artist, paints on found objects and more.
Linden Gallery is a gallery housed in a former church. Brian and Jeanee Linden acquire Asian art and antiques in China and other areas beyond for sale in their gallery at Hwy. 42 and Mink River Rd. Meanwhile, Clay Bay Gallery, 11650 Hwy. 42, shows work by artists Jeanne and David Aurelius including hand-thrown pottery and tiles. Gills Rock Stoneware is housed in a 100-year-old former hotel and saloon at 12020 Lakeview Rd.; look for bold palettes and creative shapes as well as things you can use everyday.
Turtle Ridge Gallery, 11736 Mink River Rd., is where Mary Ellen Sisulak shows her eye-catching leather handbags and fiber art, inspired by nature. Newport House Gallery, 12044 Hwy. 42, has folk art and antiques. And Savory Spoon Cooking School, 12042 Hwy. 42; Chef Janice Thomas and her husband Mike Thomas transformed an old schoolhouse into a fab kitchen for cooking classes. The adjacent market sells artisan cheese. The Clearing folk school, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd. is about to launch winter classes.
If you can’t make it to Ellison Bay for the Fall Art Crawl, come anytime to see Newport State Park, which is open year-round and features trails that offer lake as well as lovely meadow views. In the winter, 26.3 miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing.
Ellison Bay was founded in 1866 by Johan Berndt Eliason, who came to the U.S. from Denmark. Learn more about Ellison Bay history during the annual Olde Ellison Bay Days (the last weekend of June each year).
As to places to stay, choose from resorts such as the Norrland Resort, Ellison Bay Cottages and Cedar Grove Resort to inns including the Parkside Inn and Hotel Disgarden. Learn more about places to stay in Ellison Bay online at www.DoorCountyNavigator.com