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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Art Galleries Galore in Door County

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Summertime in the Door Peninsula couples magnificent sunsets with glorious art.

On Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 20 vendors present vintage craft at Sister Bay's Vintage Market at Viva La Cottage, named one of the nation's top small-venue markets by Flea Market Style Magazine.

North Ephraim's Fine Line Gallery, which represents more than 90 renowned artists, opens "Exhibit III" with a 4-7 p.m. reception July 14. The exhibit juxtaposes painter Pamela Murphy's oil images that incorporate subjects from antique photographs with Nathan Hatch's more abstract sculptures and furniture.

Fish Creek's prestigious Edgewood Orchard Galleries hosts its own "Exhibit III" with special events July 16-17. A 4-7 p.m. courtyard reception Saturday will introduce featured artists Michele Dangelo, Gretchen Klug, Marcia McDonough, Lyla Nelson, Jim Rose, C.T. Whitehouse and the Pfister Hotel's current artist in residence, Shelby Keefe. Keefe offers a painting demonstration 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Edgewood's extensive sculpture garden showcases William Jauquet's new Gate to Nowhere.

Beginning July 18, the Door County Plein Air Festival celebrates an invitational painting competition coordinated by the Peninsula School of Art. During the week, visitors may watch artists as they paint Wisconsin landscapes in various locations—nestled among pines, on the shores or in the village. Additional activities include special lectures and luncheons. Artists present their finished works at a gala auction and fund-raiser ($60) Friday, July 22, at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, July 23, visitors can participate in or view the 9-11 a.m. Dockside Quick Paint, attend the noon-2 p.m. live auction at Clark Park or enjoy the free 6-8 p.m. "Open Door" celebration.

Sturgeon Bay's Miller Art Museum opens "Centennial" on July 23. The exhibition highlights Christopher Winters' photographs of the 101-year-old steamship Challenger. A July 30 reception presents appetizers, wine and a gallery talk.

Art Happening

Appraisal and Restoration Clinic

Landmarks Gallery, 231 N. 76th St.

Author and collectibles appraiser Mark Moran (you may have seen him on "Antiques Roadshow") will join a team of experts for valuing your belongings and having them repaired, if necessary. The panel of authorities covers many areas of interest, including fine arts appraisal (Mary Manion), photo restoration (Christine Doughty), painting and frame restoration (Monica Mull), and silver and metal restoration (Chuck Meyer). Admission to the noon-4 p.m. July 9 event is free, but verbal appraisals are $10 per item.

Opening that same day at Landmarks is the exhibition "Primitive and Folk Art," which includes paintings by Milwaukee's Elsie Heindl and Boston's Mrs. Munro, whose work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution and Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art.

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