In addition to the breathtaking scenery and unforgettable cuisine, Door County is also home to a thriving arts culture! Artists and art lovers flock to the peninsula for inspiration and to explore the many art galleries scattered throughout the region’s towns. Each Door County art gallery presents original works and stunning diversity that will appeal to all kinds of art lovers. While we highly encourage you to visit as many as possible, we’ve compiled a list of some of our absolute favorite Door County art galleries. That way, it’s easier to find and visit only the best!
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7 Door County Art Galleries That You’ll Love
1. Edgewood Orchard Galleries
This fascinating gallery is built into a historic fruit barn from 1918, exhibiting a rustic and tranquil charm. Since 1969, Edgewood Orchard in Fish Creek, WI, has grown to become not only one of the top Fish Creek, WI, art galleries but one of the nation’s most respected galleries. You will love the carefully selected paintings, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, and more. Please note that this gallery is open until mid-October and then reopens for another season in May.
2. Blue Dolphin House
Showcasing a fun side to the contemporary lifestyle, Blue Dolphin House Studios reflects vibrant colors and quality designs in each piece of art. Whether you are viewing stunning ceramics, elaborate collages, or outstanding stone carvings, you will always discover something new and beautiful. The gallery is also housed in a charming 1860s log farmhouse, adding to the location’s eclectic atmosphere.
In 2006 it was named by Niche Magazine as one of the Top 25 Retailers of American Craft for its functional design and affordability. The Blue Dolphin House aims to educate the public about the power of improving living spaces through quality artwork and design.
They have two galleries you can peruse for souvenirs and gifts. One is home to BDH’s studio gallery, and in the second gallery, they host work from around the world. You can find home décor, metalwork, and a variety of one-of-a-kind items.
3. Water Street Gallery
Housed in a historic fruit barn, this gallery’s beautiful setting and stunning artwork make it a must during your visit to Door County. It is one of the most respected galleries in the region and boasts many inspiring collections from May to October. The Water Street Gallery in Ephraim, WI, displays works of art only created by Door County artists. In addition to original paintings and canvas transfers, you will also be able to shop for unique antiques and ship models. They also have another location in Fish Creek known as Art of Door County!
4. Cottage Row Gallery
This one-of-a-kind Door County art gallery sits in a lovely, renovated barn. Cottage Row features the artwork of many talented local artists and even produces their work into prints, notecards, and postcards that you may take home. They are also a custom framing shop, so you can have your prints framed just the way you like them!
5. Woodwalk Gallery
Woodwalk Gallery was recently selected as one of the “Top 10 Art Galleries in Wisconsin,” and for good reason! During your visit, you’ll find a unique blend of evocative art in a scenic, historic barn setting. More than 70 artists display their masterpieces here and captivate art lovers’ imaginations with paintings, metalwork, wood, glass, jewelry, and furniture. Come to enjoy incredible art, a stunning natural landscape, and a memorable experience.
6. Experience the Frykman Studio Gallery
The Frykman Studio Gallery houses a fine collection of fine art created by artists who the beauty of Door County has deeply inspired. As you browse through the gallery, you’ll find a stunning nature photography exhibit created by the gallery’s owners, original wood carvings, oil paintings, and stoneware pottery by Steve Jorgenson.
Steve Jorgenson Pottery
Sculptor Steve Jorgenson is a Seattle native who made a name for himself in the art world as a potter in Manitoba, Canada. He maintained his pottery and sculpture studio there and has been a member of “The Stoneware Gallery,” a co-op of 12 potters, for 30 years. After many visits to Door County, he was delighted to bring his talents and expertise to the Frykman Studio Gallery. He takes great pleasure in creating beautiful objects from basic materials such as wood and clay. His ultimate goal is to see his works go out into the world and enhance lives.
Events and Classes
The Frykman Studio Gallery offers several events and classes throughout the years that allow you to get involved and stretch your creative muscles. This is also your chance to interact with the artists, ask questions, and view masterpieces that aren’t usually on display. Check the Fryman Studio Gallery events calendar to see what’s coming during your visit.
7. Luke Collins Photography
Luke Collins is a professional Door County photographer specializing in several types of photography. His passion is outdoor photography, but he also offers weddings, engagements, portraits, and real estate services.
His gallery is in Baileys Harbor in the Harbor Market Shops. Stop by, and you can browse his many amazing prints and examples of his metal prints, acrylic prints, and matted prints, all on display in his studio. His work includes photographs of Door County and other amazing scenic shots. You can also visit his galleries online and purchase prints, puzzles, calendars, and other items with his stunning work.
Take an Art Class in Door County
If you’re looking to sharpen your artistic skills, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of the best spots to take a Door County art class and let your creativity soar.
Peninsula School of Art
The Peninsula School of Art provides over 150 workshops for people of all ages. Taking an art class is a fun and relaxing activity, and you have endless options. Learn to draw or paint like a pro, understand the basics of photography, or craft your own ceramics and jewelry. It’s a great date idea and gives you something to take home as a souvenir.
Hands On Art Studio
Hands On Art Studio is a do-it-yourself Door County destination that allows visitors to tap into their inner artist. Whether you’re an avid creator or have hardly picked up a paintbrush, the studio caters to all skill levels and offers a class that anyone can enjoy. After paying your $5 admission fee, you’ll be able to choose from various art projects, including fused glass, spin art, painting, and even metal sculpting.
The average price of these projects ranges from $10-$40 per person. Once you find your muse, let your creativity take over and create a stunning work of art that you can be proud of. If you choose ceramics, mosaics, or fused glass, your art will be available for pick-up the following day after 2:30 p.m.
If you’d like to participate in Door County art classes, reservations are suggested but not required! Call 920-868-9311 to schedule your spot in your favorite class.
Get Creative in Door County During Your Stay with The Ashbrooke
Our beautiful adults-only hotel is located in the heart of Door County and is perfect for your relaxing getaway to the peninsula. Not only will you be just minutes from all the art galleries and other things to do in Door County, but there is much to enjoy right from the comforts of your accommodation. Enjoy peaceful privacy in our grand rooms and suites, take advantage of our quality amenities, or revel in one of our tempting vacation specials. Whatever you decide to do, your stay with us will surely be a getaway you won’t soon forget! Book your stay at The Ashbrooke today!