Hands On Art Studio
NOV 1 – APRIL 30; FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM. ADULT NIGHT (ADULTS 21 AND OLDER) EVERY FRIDAY EVENING FROM 6:30 TO 10 PM
At Hands On Art Studio, people roll up their sleeves and get a sense of what the Door Peninsula’s artistic and rural lifestyle is all about.
This is a wonderful country setting, where families, couples, girlfriends and singles can come and try their hand at creating art projects they may not have time and inclination to do at home.
We have done many an art project at Hands On, and have enjoyed the experience every single time. It is unique, wonderful, and, well, artsy!
People may also wander the grounds and pet the animals—goats, llamas as well as chickens and ducks. Look for Schmoo, too. You can’t miss this big gray and white cat, who just kind of keeps everyone company.
Hands On is also a venue for live entertainment and has its own café. Make your own pizza or pile up ingredients for a veggie sandwich, and pay by what it weighs.
So whether you want to keep the kids busy during vacation or are seeking something truly different to do yourself, make Hands On Art Studio a part of your Peninsula itinerary.
“We are an absolutely one-of-a-kind destination. Once people come in, they want to come back every time they come to Door County. That is my mission,” says Cy Turnbladh, the owner and an artist, who works with metal, paint and glass.
Finding Hands On
Hands On can be discovered by traveling north on Hwy. 42 to Peninsula Players Rd; then head about two miles east. Check out the colorful sign and funky mailbox with a metal hand embellishment (crafted by Cy) as you pull onto this campus, 3655 Peninsula Players Rd. Click the "Get directions and map" link above (near top of page).
This was an abandoned 65-acre farm before it was purchased by Cy in 1996.
There’s plenty of parking. Then, head for the Art Barn with a big “entrance” sign. Inside, you can chat with Cy or his staff about the types of art projects available to you.
Hands On provides the studio space, staff assistance and tools--you pay a fee for studio time and select materials.
Here, people create with clay, glass, metal and wood. You can fashion your own metal sculpture for indoor or outdoor use or paint on ceramics, glassware and wood.
Experiment with glass blowing and fused glass or make a mosaic. Try throwing pots on a wheel or making coffee mugs with your own bare hands.
“People leave with their projects. But I also hope they take away a confidence that they can make something they wanted to make and that they are proud of it and really enjoyed the process,” Cy says. “That is really important—that you enjoy being here.”
And how can you not enjoy yourself? Hands On offers up bright and inspirational studio space in its two-story Art Barn. Everything you need is, well, at hand.
New outbuildings provide expanded studio space
In fact, a highlight in May 2007 is the opening of the 1,000 square foot outbuilding for metal sculpture. Cy calls it the Metal Studio Buffet, which has 10 welding stations for people to work on diverse metal projects.
Coming soon to Hands On is a new glass arts building, where people can do glass fusing, lamping work (a hot glass technique) and glass blowing.
Be sure to take a break at the Marketplace; this is the café, located near the Art Barn. It has volume ceilings, brightly colored walls and wildly painted round tables. There are large bathrooms for guests, too.
Seating is also available outdoors for people who just want to take in the artistic ambiance and country view as they have a light meal. Speaking of views, the decorated silo is directly in front of diners. You can make a donation of a small, specified amount (all proceeds benefit All Creatures Home for Animals, a local animal shelter). And the Hands On staff mosaics a tile to the silo.
“It’s a way to give back,” says Cy, who also participates in an outreach program with Wisconsin schools.
Finally, check out the Hands On’s Web site for details on art camps for kids, the art nights for adults and details about special workshops and events.
There are also winter hours (November 1st - May 1st) at Hands-On so check it out! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am - 5PM, with Adult Nights still on Fridays, 6:30PM - 10PM.
We have been to Hands On many times, and we have always enjoyed our experience here. We have crafted our art in ceramics (servicing dishes, switch plates, Christmas ornaments), glass (nice cocktail glasses), kids items like ice cream comes and lots more. This is just a grand experience, rain or shine. Don’t miss it! We get lots of emails from our DoorCountynavigator.com users who have found Hands On on our site, went there and return over and over again! And pets are allowed if on a leash!
So come to Hands On Art Studio for the art, come for the show or bring the kids to art camp. This is a place where you are destined to discover the creative side of you. And tell them DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you on this artistic journey - that helps keep this site alive & well - thanks!
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