When winter gives you the chills, make winter art.
Attend a festival in Sturgeon Bay, where you can see artists carve sculptures from huge blocks of ice. Look into a program on a creative subject, or attend a concert.
Here are some of the many opportunities to nurture your artistic side in Door County this winter.
Sign up for a class that will help spark your creativity and get you outdoors in January. For example, the Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, is offering “Winter Landscape Photography” Jan. 17 to 19. Award-winning Door County-based photographers Dan Anderson and Suzanne Rose will traverse the Door Peninsula with their students of various levels. The class blends the outdoor field sessions with indoor discussion of instructors’ photos and critiques of students’ work.
An icy shoreline, shapely trees without leaves and breathtaking snowy vistas are subjects that delight winter photographers.
Also, the Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay, is offering about 100 classes in January and February. People can choose from subjects that are certain to nurture the creative side. Some of the offerings this year are “Wood turning” (four sessions) beginning Jan. 7; “Travel journal” Jan. 8; “The Mindful Way: Finding Beauty, Peace and Joy in Daily Living” (four sessions) beginning Jan. 8; and “Classic Literature in Film” (seven sessions) beginning Jan. 11.
If you prefer to view the art, mark you calendar for the Clearing’s winter program student exhibit March 2 and 3 at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Visitors will have an opportunity to see what’s been created during the classes held in January and February.
Also, plan to see ice carvers Feb. 15 to 17 as part of Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice event. During the day on Saturday, novice and professional ice carvers will be on city streets, turning massive blocks of ice into works of art.
Still another way to enjoy the artistic side of winter is to attend a concert. The Southern Door Community Auditorium, Brussels, will host the ninth annual Door County Idol competition Jan. 5. And the White Gull Inn’s concert series starts Jan. 17 featuring folk artists performing in an intimate and acoustic setting in Fish Creek.
And many Door County art galleries are open year-round to visitors. Included is Greco Gallery, 24 N. Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. It features jewelry, fiber art (silk scarves and tops), paintings, photography, garden art and more. The gallery’s outdoor courtyard currently displays natural wreaths, garland and swags that have been locally harvested and designed in Door County.