If you desire eye candy, Pipka’s — a gallery housed in a storybook cottage in the heart of Sister Bay — offers rare treats. Among the treasures are original paintings, handmade gifts and accessories, detailed assemblages of vintage finds, Pipka’s Private Collection limited edition Santas and Christmas figurines, inspirational books for all ages, special blend coffees, and Pipka’s signature Almond Cake Book that contains 40 variations on the original family recipe. A confection celebrated by customers and friends alike (samples always available), Pipka has created gift boxes that include items for both the baking and the artful presentation of this unforgettable dessert. Discover the charm, the warm welcome, and the delicious shopping experience that is Pipka’s.
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Go north to Ellison Bay to enjoy the best view in Door County. Rich in the tradition of arts and crafts, Ellison Bay is home to artist studios/galleries that feature pottery, original paintings, photography, wearable art and handmade leather items. There are also cultural galleries, a cider house and a folk school.
Jeanne and David Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery create stoneware housewares that are works of art. Their gallery also carries original paintings, prints and gift items by other well known artists.
Meander down Mink River Road, to Turtle Ridge Gallery-Boutique, known for handmade leather items, wearable art and jewelry. Original artwork in leather, stone and ﬁber by Mary Ellen Sisulak is displayed in this destination gallery. Turtle Ridge also oﬀers hand-on Art Camps.
Back in Ellison Bay, Linden Gallery features treasures from China in addition to original contemporary art, antiques and exquisite jewelry.
Across the street in an historic building is Gills Rock Pottery. Thor and Judy Thoreson oﬀer original designs on hand thrown pots which are both functional and decorative. Beautiful table linens and wooden ware are artfully displayed with the pottery.
Further north on 42 is the hidden gem, Rob Williams Studio/Gallery. Rob’s colorful watercolor and oil landscapes are paired with Shirley’s photographs and gardens.
On Garrett Bay Road are 3 stops: The Clearing Folk School which oﬀers classes in art and craft, folk arts, music and writing and landscape. Across from The Clearing is Ellison Bay Pottery… potters John Dietrich and Diane McNeil’s studio and gallery. They create distinctive, contemporary, functional and decorative one of a kind pottery inspired by the natural beauty of Door County. Finally, stop and enjoy a glass of several handcrafted ciders oﬀered at the Island Orchard Cider House.
Visit Ellison Bay during the open studio Art Crawls in Spring and Fall. More info on www.facebook.com/EllisonBayArts (920)854-4839.
Turtle Ridge is a destination gallery/boutique featuring the designs of Mary Ellen Sisulak and a small team of highly trained artisans.
Handmade Leather Bags
The Turtle Ridge brand is best known for signature limited edition handbags from the ﬁnest domestic and Italian leathers. Mary Ellen designs a range of leather bags from briefcases to small accessories, which are beautiful, functional and durable. Choices range from classic to contemporary.
Turtle Ridge has chosen artisan lines in luxurious alpaca, cashmere, silk and linen. Timeless, functional pieces that span the seasons compliment many of the bags, belt and accessories made in the studio. Handmade jewelry and hats complete the ensemble and your personal style. Trunk Shows of exceptional artists and craftspeople are scheduled throughout the season.
With 40 years of experience Mary Ellen has brought her love of leather and stones to a new level in mixed media artwork. Her work is often commissioned for client’s homes and ofﬁces here in Door County or elsewhere. The subjects vary from abstract to subjective themes, evoking the preciousness of the environment. Explore the NEW art space featuring brand new artwork of water soluble encaustics and mixed media by M.E. Sisulak. Opening reception is July 6th, 4pm-8pm
Mary Ellen shares her studio and knowledge with others, by offering Art Camps scheduled throughout the year. Participants are walked through the creative process of making a bag or item with expert help. No sewing skills are required. Private family and friend Art Camps can be scheduled.
Turtle Ridge is situated next to the Mink River Nature Conservancy, an inspiration to the work and visitors alike. Turtle Ridge is a member of Ellison Bay Arts and opens their studio for demonstrations, visiting artists and special activities during the Spring and Fall Art Crawls.
11736 Mink River Rd. Ellison Bay
info and shopping at turtleridgegallery.com and maryellensisulak.com. .
Open 10-5 daily May through October. Check for Winter hours
One-of-a-kind, exquisite etched glassware for all your special occasions. Custom orders for weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and birthdays. We have over 25 years of design and etching experience. Professional quality starting at $15 and up. Outstanding customer service. Our promise is quality. Our gift shop includes custom pet portraits, hand painted Christmas ornaments, hand carved rock birds, metal art, unique T-shirts and much more!
Conveniently located at the Country Walk Shops next to Piggly Wiggly in Sister Bay.
With a design reminiscent of Wisconsin’s historic round barns, the two-story gallery presents exhibitions of nationally and internationally recognized artists’ works. With art education themes as the focus, the process behind works on display is revealed through educational materials that include video presentations. The artwork, which is available for purchase, explores genres that range from traditional to cutting edge.
3900 County F, Fish Creek
Phone: (920) 868-3455
April-Oct.: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov.-March: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Silver Birch features beautiful and unique gifts for you and your home from all over the world. Many of our products are handmade by artisans, jewelers, painters, potters, and weavers. We offer a variety of exquisite products from the USA, Norway, Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, and Poland- many of which are handmade and will be sold in the USA for the very first time, exclusively in Silver Birch. We also feature select lines of high quality fair trade gifts. We are proud to be a retailer of the latest Vera Bradley handbags, travel bags, and accessories. We look forward to welcoming you to Silver Birch!
2428 S. Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay
Experience For the Artist in You
Throughout the year, students and art appreciators of all ages discover the beauty of fine art within our inspirational garden setting. Our light-filled, well-equipped studios host nationally recognized artist educators who guide students in 2 – 5 day fine art workshops for all skill levels. Our Summer Studios for Young Artists program brings age appropriate curriculum to children ages 3 1/2 to 17- year olds combining learning with a spirit of play.
Our Guenzel Gallery is open to the public, and art appreciators and students alike are welcome to experience free exhibitions of nationally and internationally recognized artists’ works. Free Family Art Days, the third Saturday of the month during the school year, and other outreach events, provide access to art making for all.
Your fine art experience is further enhanced by events like our Door County Plein Air Festival featuring 38 outdoor painting masters from throughout the United States and points beyond who capture the diverse beauty of Door County on canvas. Free and ticketed events provide the opportunity to talk with, and witness artists creating paintings from start-to-finish.
3900 County Road F, Fish Creek
Phone: (920) 868-3455
April – October: Mon-Sat, 8am-5pm
November – April: Tues-Sat, 8am-5pm
Wildlife & landscape art. Full color, limited edition prints of wildlife, Door County & tropical themes by Brigitte Kozma and Tom Seagard.
2328 Mill Rd., Sister Bay
Closed Mondays. Winter hours vary.
Phone: (920) 854-4416
Call for winter hours
Family owned and operated since 1972. Come see Carol for your signage needs! Truck lettering, wood, metal, sandblasted and computer-generated vinyl letters. Graphic design services available. Visit the gallery and see the collection of hand painted Hex Signs and mini barn quilts. Check out new signs in the gallery and online.
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Sundays by appointment.
10673 Sumac Lane, Sister Bay
Phone: (920) 854-5378(920) 854-5378
Winter hours: Dec.-April: Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., or by appointment.
Gallery features hand-carved woodcarvings and oil paintings by David Frykman, Door County nature photography by Heather Harle Frykman and Lucas Frykman, and stoneware pottery and sculpture by Steve Jorgenson. Open daily May through Oct. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekends in winter. Hours vary; open by appointment as well.
Open daily 10a.m.- 5 p.m.
Winter hours: Saturdays: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Call for an appointment!