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.