Ellison Bay’s annual Fall Art Crawl is this weekend, Oct. 22-23, 10 am – 5 pm.  It features six artist studios/galleries and two drink spots.  I’ve attended the Art Crawl in the past and always found it very enlightening.  It’s well worth the drive to Ellison Bay.

Clay Bay Pottery & Gallery

11650 Hwy 42

After 46 years of running Clay Bay Pottery, David and Jeanne Aurelius work well together.  Jeanne’s whimsical-yet-functional works incorporate her love of nature into everyday objects such as bowls and coffee cups, while David’s vases, tiles and other decorations showcase his more abstract flair.  They feature prints to jewelry to children’s books.

Gills Rock Pottery

12020 Lakeview Road

Judy and Larry Thoreson own Gills Rock Pottery – named for its original location in Gills Rock – they create distinctive ceramic products, from bird baths to teapots to serving ware.

Turtle Ridge Gallery

11736 Mink River Road

Turtle Ridge Gallery’s features wearable art. Cozy up with a warm cashmere shawl, printed scarf, or snag a bag that is made to last with durable leather.  In addition to clothing, Turtle Ridge Gallery features mixed-media paintings, encaustics and etchings by owner Mary Ellen Sisulak. 

Island Orchard Cider

12040 Garrett Bay Road

At Island Orchard, enjoy a glass (or a flight, or a bottle) of cider, made with fruit from Washington Island and fermented in Ellison Bay.  Its newest release, Kingston Black, is a full-bodied, semi-dry cider made exclusively with Kingston Black apples from row 25 of the cidery’s Washington Island orchard.

The Clearing Folk School

12171 Garrett Bay Road

The Clearing is best known for its art classes and retreats – which cover a wide spectrum that includes furniture making, metalwork, philosophy and much more – the folk school will be open to visitors during the art crawl.  Check out a bit of the historical, 128-acre property, or at least stop by the visitor center’s bookstore and gift shop.

Rob Williams Studio/Gallery

753 Isle View Road

The gallery is located in the woods, so it’s no surprise that oil painter and watercolorist Rob Williams takes inspiration from his surroundings.  Williams uses bright colors and abstract shapes to express the “mood” of the area he’s painting.  The result is vibrant landscapes that fall partway between abstraction and realism.

Kick Ash Coffee

12001 Mink River Road

Good coffee is a work of art, and Kick Ash Coffee has a wide selection to choose from.  In addition to offering blends from Peru, the Congo, Guatemala and other international producers, Kick Ash makes gluten-free baked goods and sells Door County Love granola.

Ellison Bay Pottery

12156 Garrett Bay Road

Husband-and-wife duo John Dietrich and Diane McNeil have been throwing, firing, glazing and selling ceramics out of their 1934 apple-barn-turned-pottery-studio since 1974.  From baking dishes to vases to lanterns, each piece is built to last and made with both practicality and beauty in mind.

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for the Art Crawl.  Enjoy your tour!


Posted by:  Jill

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