What a busy day! We started with breakfast in our room, featuring the B&B’s homemade cherry granola, warm coffee cake, and a plate of fresh fruit. After cleaning up and getting dressed, we decided on a quick drive around Ephraim to get our bearings. Eight hours and lots of miles later, we are back at our B&B.
We visited several gift, decor, and gardening shops. But the places we enjoyed the most were pottery shops and art galleries. The first gallery we visited was the Hardy Gallery. It is housed in a historic building at the public marina. A sign on the building says that it is tradition for people to write their names on the building where their boat is docked. So, given a few rules, anyone can write on the building.
The gallery had just finished hanging a juried show. I wish I could have taken photos – there were some truly outstanding pieces on display. I especially liked an oil pastel of a waterfall. While there, a woman approached me and asked if I wanted to participate in their mosaic project. At first, I thought she wanted me to do an actual mosaic, the kind you make out of tile or stone or glass. But she explained that you simply take one of their 6″ x 6″ stretched canvases and do any type of art on it. They display each small artwork, photograph it, and publish it in a book. All part of a fundraiser for the Hardy Gallery. So I agreed. It has to be sent to them in about 10 days – so I’m sure it will be fodder for more postings! I’m excited to have an art-related project (with a deadline to be sure I get it done!)
Amongst the stops at gift shops and such, we also stopped at two pottery galleries. Our purchases are safely wrapped and in the back of the car, so I’ll post more about those visits after I get back home in Minneapolis. For now, I’ll just say it’s nice to have time to talk to the potters and hear their stories about what drew them to their art.
Before heading back to our suite at the B&B, we stopped at Bailey’s Harbor on the Lake Michigan side of Door County. We finally had a chance to walk out on the beach. I picked up some small shells and claws from some type of small blue crab. At the city marina, Gregg also took some time to snap photos of the gulls. I love this one, the way the bird is backlit.
So now I have about a half hour to relax before we head out for a Door County tradition – the fish boil! I’m sure Gregg will have his camera at the ready, so I hope to post more later this evening.