Winners of the Three Dancers photography contest announced!

On Thursday evening, November 11th, the winners of the Three Dancers photography contest were announced inside the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion during the opening of the newest exhibit, An Artist’s Alphabet.

Watch the recorded presentation:

2021 Three Dancers Photography Contest Results

(photos to be added soon)

Category: Amateur, 13 & Older

Gary Sedan
Sturgeon Bay, WI

Title – “Three Dancers Sing The Body Electric!” Inspired by the title of the Ray Bradbury short story, I wanted the sculpture to appear to be bursting with energy, vital and alive. And, because they are dancers, I wanted to impart a sense of motion in keeping with the energy theme. The dark color background was chosen to help focus on the dancers and make everything pop.

Aruna Bolisetty
San Francisco, CA

The first aspect of the sculpture that drew me into it was the silhouette. They looked like a group of friends holding hands at a joyous occasion. I’m hoping in removing all the color, what we can focus on is the pure form of the shape and the juxtaposition of the three friends in a celebratory moment.

Phil Biebl
Madison, WI

I was at the Peg Egan summer concert on Sunday night and the entire evening was a perfect example of what Life at its finest is all about. The gorgeous weather, the happy crowd, the beautiful surroundings, the joy in my heart. It truly was an enchanted evening. — And the Three Dancers added to that magic! My photo captures the color, energy and dreamlike quality of a most memorable night.

Category: Youth, to age 12

Ferris McFarlane
Sturgeon Bay, WI
$150.00, first place tie

“I started with taking my time a little bit. I wanted my mom to put her hands together and make her legs bend a tinesy bit. Looked like my mom was circling and swinging around the sculpture. I wanted to get a really good angle. I liked the sun. The sculptures are pretty cool. Looks like three colors dancing. My mom looks like she’s dancing too.”

ShaeLynn Laughlin
Sturgeon Bay, WI
$150.00, first place tie

I call my artwork the life of the three dancers.

Category: Professional

Leah McFarlane
Sturgeon Bay, WI

“The THREE DANCERS has a very prominent silhouette, and I wanted to create this same effect having my son become part of this majestic performance. Even though the sculpture is station- ary, there is so much movement that entices the audience to start dancing too. Your eyes can’t help but to look up following the curves, shapes, and lines; the bubbles not only look like the spherical rings around the dancers, but they help my son “float” into the frame, although he is grounded. The sun is like a spotlight illuminating this captivating show.”

Bill Shewchunk
Sturgeon Bay, WI

Searching for a unique perspective, I explored every possible angle and settled on a view of the “Three Dancers” from above. I then enhanced this heavenly view with some post processing.

Lisa Larsen
Watertown, WI

To me, the most important aspect of this sculpture is it’s relationship to the space above it, the vastness of the moving sky against the implied movement of the piece itself, therefore my shot was taken from the ground looking up.

Judged by Jim Redding. Thank you to all who submitted!

Kress Pavilion Welcomes “Alphabet”

The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and The Kress Pavilion are pleased to announce the return of “An Artist’s Alphabet” an excerpt from Brian Pirman’s Animal Collage Series. Interrupted by COVID, the series is returning to the Kress in October. It incorporates vintage engravings and letterforms representing the complete alphabet with an ampersand and question mark.

Award-winning, regional artist and collegiate educator, Pirman’s work is informed by his background in Fine Art and Graphic Design. His process involves typography, design, photography and illustration. He has a tendency to focus on formal elements which include form, pattern, texture, color and composition. His longtime interest in photography has been empowered with the addition of electronic tools to shape and manipulate imagery. A recent goal has been to generate art that looks like it could have been done by hand using electronic tools. A main goal for Brian is to create work that warrants another look and hopefully another and another. He draws his inspiration from music, fine art, film, nature and popular culture.

The exhibit will run October through January 2022 and the public is invited to the opening reception with the artist at the Kress Pavilion on November 11 from 5-7 p.m. with the artist speaking at 6:00 p.m.

Three Dancers Contest Extended

Egg Harbor’s Public arts Initiative is hosting a PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST!!

Anyone can participate!

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 1, 2021.

The focus of your photo MUST be of the THREE DANCERS sculpture located next to the Peg Egan performance stage, just across the road from The Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion. The Three Dancers sculpture was donated to Egg Harbor’s Public Art by internationally renown sculptor, Richard Edelman.

CASH AWARDS: $150, $100, $50 will be given in three categories: Youth (age 12), Amateur (13 and older), Professional.

Email submissions to: and include:

  • Your name
  • Submission category: youth, amateur or professional
  • Age
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • A brief statement regarding your entry
  • Size of JPG file: minimum 3 mb
  • Please denote in email subject line: Egg Harbor Photography Contest

Phone photos, digitally manipulated or enhanced will be accepted.


Good luck everyone!

Thursday, June 17: Expression in Metal Opening Reception

Richard Edelman Art Exhibit Reception (Artist Talk at 5:30pm)

The public is invited to the opening reception of “Expressions in Metal: Sculptures by Richard Edelman” on June 17th from 4-7 pm with Artist Richard Edelman speaking about his work, philosophy and process at 5:30 p.m. (Free)

For those who wish to attend virtually, tune into

Richard Edelman is a Milwaukee artist who has sculptures permanently displayed throughout the world. He is also a recipient of the Frank. L. Weil Award for contributions to Jewish Culture. His permanently displayed work in Egg Harbor are “Blue Sail” (Marina) “Three Dancers” (Peg Egan) and “Little Dancer Aged 14” Highway G at the walking trail entrance.

Between the Cracks Online Gallery

Between the Cracks features 14 pieces and came out of a 2021 winter challenge about facing the unknown and undefined within two virtual workshops lead by local artist Dawn Patel. Artists were asked to create from the in-between spaces of life where everything familiar disappears and one steps into the unknown. View the image below in person at the Kress Pavilion from March 15 through Memorial Day 2021.

Mary Carson, Textile Artist — The Caregiver’s Job Has Ended

I tell stories with hand stitch and applique that point to the beauty and hope found within life’s simple moments.

The Caregiver’s Job Has Ended

I know we planned and discussed. Does that all start now?

Wait. Where did you go? Are you in the air? If I leave, will you find me?

Look. We raised the bed, so you’d be more comfortable. Were you? Are you proud of me? Did I do a good job?

Look at the time. You’ve been gone for 24 minutes.

I have such a long way to go without you.

This piece honors all loving caregivers. I lost both my brother and mother in 2015.
Their empty beds remain warm in my heart forever.

Hand stitch and applique, tinted with watercolor and pastel

Lisa Schulman Larsen — Rightful Passage

Exhausted, recovering art fair exhibitor discovers new life as fervent stitching zealot

This workshop about exploring and honoring liminal space has reminded me how much I love to explore the creative process. I was encouraged to enter a zone that was both uncomfortable and surprisingly productive.

Lisa Schulman Larsen — Rightful Passage (interior)

This piece potentially had many more examples of liminal space – more doors, doors with windows, portholes both withholding and excreting more doors, etc. While wrestling with this mental collage, and searching through my ample stores for inspiration, I discovered this long forgotten black display box. It quickly became a welcome boundary to my project’s unruly girth and the ideal exhibit tool. The spiral embroidery was both thematically perfect for this current project as well as a lovely example of the most recent way I am making colorful marks on my world. It nestled inside the box beautifully, needing only minor adjustments.

The ‘front door’ is purposefully left ajar so the viewer can see it as well as what it reveals within. If you are very gentle, I invite you to open the piece by the black frame. (not the painting of the door, please) Inside is the spiral embroidery surrounded by the night sky, further framed by pieces of an original drawing I created during the workshop.

Anne Kelly — Carving into the Light
Medium: Art Making as Art or Process vs. Product

Linoleum Print Block/#1 Reduction

I am working my way through a four-color reduction print depicting a winter landscape in the woods. I see snow, thinning ice with cracks, and a dark, pooling path of water alongside bare trees.

My first step was to carve into the block you see here. The negative space, the beige areas, will not print when I ink up the plate and will read as the white color of the paper I am using. The color of the paper “counts” as one of the print colors. For the first impression using block #1 I will roll gray ink over the blue areas of the plate and print this plate ten times, re inking each time. I will then cut much of the blue away, leaving small areas within the white lines you see on this block for the second inking. I plan to use a darker, more transparent grey for the second impression with block #2 and again print ten times, re inking and registering the paper as I go. Then I will cut the block again, removing the last of the blue, without touching the areas you see penciled in black. The last steps will be to roll black ink over the remaining areas of the block #3 and pull that final, third impression ten times. The finished print will read as a mirror image of the carved block.

I am a printmaker balancing my time between Fish Creek and the Chicago Loop. My printmaking often experiments with color and overlapping, repetitive layers. Additionally I enjoy creating collagraph prints from found objects, inking one plate with both intaglio and relief techniques.

Rosie Dittmann — “Liminal Space”

Retired in Southern Door, now have time to learn, explore and create.

I have been working at Abstract Painting for several years. Many of my pieces contain a path or after learning a bit on liminality, maybe a liminal space?

Charolette Baierl — Nice White People, Door County Circa 2016
If art is for everybody, where is everyone?

I am a white woman: I am speaking to other white people. This poem is based on real events. I choose to say “events” because the statements and racist ideas within this piece have been personally executed, witnessed and re-produced in other all-white spaces; they are being produced today.

Utilizing the prompt of “between the cracks” and liminality, the only thing I could see was my own silence and complicity in maintaining white supremacy. The United States was built on racist ideas and is fortified by racist systems.

Racism is a white person’s cultural inheritance.

If I can’t admit that I produce and uphold racist ideas, there will be no end to my production of racist ideas.

My hope is that other white people see themselves in this poem.

Dawn Patel — We Always Find A Way In

She is infinite, making brief appearances in this place,
this plane of reality limited by narrow constructs of belief.
She pulls back the veil.
What was once in the shadows is meant to be revealed.
Millions exterminated by colonizing violence and greed.
Millions erased from “his” story.
Every being relegated to the margins
writes a new story to include all beings.

Dawn Patel — Above the Grid

The grid-like structures enclose our sentience,
blind us to our radiance and the truth of our being.
Promising safety, belonging and livelihood,
they create limitations and separation.
The liminality of infinite space at first feels unstable and uncertain.
Leaving the cage can be scary.

Kathleen Beck — Quaking

This liminal space project has truly been a wonderful experience for me to stretch my creative wings!

The thoughts of liminal space quickly took an unwanted opportunity to change my focus.
In fact, I couldn’t see anything clearly. A bout of vertigo hit like a blinding whirlwind of total
chaos. My artwork in progress needed to double in size to emphasize the quaking blurrrrrr,
becoming head aching art!

Now I totally understand, literally, living a liminal life between the cracks of sanity and grace!

Erika Mock, Boundary Seeker, Color Alchemist, Bothist — Knee Weave

These Knee Weaves were created in 2019 after a fluky accident left me unable to work and needing to learn to walk again.

Though, as an immigrant to the US, I’ve lived in liminal space— the in-between—my whole life; that singular experience catapulted me into an intense separation from even the usual rhythm of my own life.

This led to deep surrender and choosing to creatively explore my own healing thru art, Biofield Tuning, depatterning trauma, and embodiment.

My body has daily messages for me now. Here are a few!
1) There is a lot in us that was never given permission to express
2) The still small voice and I are working together.
3) We are electric. We are whole.
4) A wound is a message… not a place to live.

Knee Weave 1

Carrying the threads
Shaken awake to the bone
where everything is tangled, tender.

Knee Weave 2

From scared to sacred
Stories in the ancestral river

Brenna Busse — Rememberings

As a maker, introvert, and creative being — I have been familiar with liminal space all of my life.
It is only recently that I have learned the name for it. Dawn’s class has deepened my understanding
and appreciation, as well as enriching my artistic process.

marking place
to hold her here

begin the bitter
sacred journey
awake in dreamtime
awash in tears”

Janelle Magdalen Ulysses — Aura Bubbles

I live on the unceded land of the Anishinaabe. Making food, making art, making love.

Erika Lukas — The Khabs is in the Khu

Erika embraces her creative endeavors from her humble abode in “The Hermit” Tarot card, embracing the cottage-core dream with her two familiars in-toe

Mari-Jo Young — Between the Cracks

I am a traditional quilter trying to work toward art quilts and textile arts. The concept of liminality is intriguing, as it not only describes quarantined life during the pandemic, but the struggles moving from precise quarter inch seams and quilt piecing to the abstract. This is my first attempt using variations of a photo I took in an iPhone photography class.

The gallery up close

‘Three Dancers’ Photography Contest Now On

The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and Kress Pavilion are seeking entries for the “Three Dancers” Photography Contest.

Egg Harbor’s Eames Cherry View Park, next to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, is the new home of artist Richard Edelman’s sculpture “Three Dancers.” Members of the public of all ages and experience levels are invited to take a photograph that captures the exuberance and spirit of the sculpture. Entries will be divided into three groups: youth through age 12, age 13 and older, and professional photographers.

The juror will be Florida photographer Jim Redding ( Winners in each group will receive $150 for first prize, $100 for second, and $50 for third; and all winning photos will be displayed with the Edelman sculpture exhibit, scheduled for June – September at the Kress Pavilion.

Entries are limited to one photograph as a jpg file, between 3MB and 10MB. Email entries to by May 10. Contest extended, see new post.

Spring Show — Between the Cracks

The Village of Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative is excited to announce a liminal art exhibition featuring local and regional artists, and more than a few first-time artists, on display at the Kress Pavilion starting March 15 through Memorial Day 2021.

“Between the Cracks,” features 14 pieces, and came out of a 2021 winter challenge about facing the unknown and undefined within two virtual workshops held through the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion and lead by local artist Dawn Patel (Brilliant Stranger). Artists were asked to create from the in-between spaces of life where everything familiar disappears and one steps into the unknown.

“Coronavirus has created a global liminal experience. You could say we are ‘in the gap’,” explained Dawn. “We may feel lost but feeling lost implies the loss of a reference point, the reference point of old structures of thought and constructs of belief. Sometimes we are lost in order to find ourselves.”

The word liminal comes from a rite of passage, traditionally. Like going on a vision quest, facing death and coming back changed. Each artist went on a journey to show their in between space that may come from a transition, boundary, or threshold. All mixed media pieces, each with a story to accompany the piece.

This exhibition will remain on display until May 31, 2021 and includes textiles, mixed media, printmaking, cold wax, poetry and photography.

Between The Cracks: The Gift of Liminality

Virtual 2-Day Workshop

As we enter this winter of unknowns and isolation for many, this time in history can be seen as gift as much as struggle. Within this liminal, in-between space lies dormant a great potential for creative exploration.  If the words or feelings of falling “Between the Cracks” speaks to you, we invite you to take part in a group exhibition at the Kress Center in Egg Harbor.

January 23 & 30 from 10am-12pm

Open to all ages, it is recommended that artists attend both free Virtual (Zoom) Workshops led by Door County artist and educator Dawn Patel. Recordings of the workshops will be available through end of February 2021 and will be shared below inside this article when they are available.

Artists should supply their own tools and equipment. If needed, computer/WIFI access will be available at the Kress Pavilion during workshops times. Please call to reserve your computer space at 920-868-3334, extension 3.

Participants will create and display a work of art for a 3-month exhibit beginning March 2021. All mediums will be considered (some limitations may apply for the space). The workshop will utilize visualization, automatic writing and drawing as well as meditation of dream and consciousness exploration. Absolute beginners as well as experienced artists are encouraged to join.

(Video above: Between the Cracks – Session 1)

(Video above: Between the Cracks – Session 2)

Dawn Patel is the artist and clothing creator behind Brilliant Stranger in Egg Harbor and on Etsy.  Dawn has over 30 years of experience creating, teaching and exhibiting art, as well as developing her own method and practice of embodied art making. Past teaching experience with Youth through Adults include Milwaukee Art Museum, University of WI Milwaukee, Northland College, the Chas A Wustum Art Museum and The Peninsula School of the Arts.  She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and most recently served as an artist in residence in Puebla, Mexico with the Arquetopia Institute.

Liminal, adjective, relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process, or Occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold.

For many artists and creators living in Door County, the question of belonging begs to be answered. The climate, tourist/seasonal economy and demographics of Door County can result in experiences of solitude that while often ideal for artistic practice can lead to isolation. If not connected to one of our county’s prominent galleries or tied to a beneficial social network, many an artist creates in a private space and can seemingly fall “between the cracks.”  This space can be be seen as a liminal space.

And yet, in the famous words of Leonard Cohen, this is “where the light gets in.”  These pockets of light are where artists working in solitude fill the liminal spaces of our County with beauty and creativity.  Liminality can, in this way, be seen as an opportunity and gift.

Perhaps you are creating in solitude and your work is not seen by a larger audience than close friends and family? Or you belong to a supportive social group that is itself between the cracks of our dominant narrative? Or you are concerned you may lack the funds to present your work in a way that makes it gallery material?

Whatever your “story”, if you resonate with the feeling of being and falling “between the cracks” in any way, you are invited to participate and contribute to this unique exhibition opportunity.

We will begin with a two day virtual workshop, in which the experience of liminality is explored and embodied, and ultimately leading to the creation of a work of art, writing or performance on the the theme of the in-between space – the cracks or crevices of culture and society where creativity pours into a private space. 

What and Who are Liminal?

People existing in the crevices and margins of  the mainstream (such as hermits, monks, exiles) People having an experience that puts them the in a temporary way (such as grief, job loss, divorce, illnesses, but also astronauts, cave explorers and travelers) People who enter into liminality as a practice – Artists, Spiritual practitioners, actors, etc.., and people who by definition are liminal beyond personal choice and decision (marginalized people, refugees, immigrants, members of racial minorities, transgender people and people with disabilities, to name some examples)  The social circumstances resulting from the Covid Pandemic can be seen as creating liminal experiences for many, as well as some of the current breakdowns in political stability and status quo.

Contact Dawn Patel for more information at dawn (at) or 920-366-0301.

Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative presents Fall/Winter Show by Green Bay Group, Women Who Run with Scissors

Women Who Run with Scissors and the Village of Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative are excited to announce concurrent fiber art exhibitions, “Old Maid Revisited,” and “Exotic Pollinators,” now on display at the Kress Pavilion until February 2021.

“Old Maid Revisited,” features 14 pieces, and came out of a 2018 challenge in which artists were to imagine a fictitious character with an actual occupation for a new version of the Old Maid Card Game. Unlike very simple themes like Tired Tom or Silly Sara, the pieces reflect unusual, uncommon… or even illegal professions, each with a story to accompany the piece. 

The other exhibition, “Exotic Pollinators Challenge,” had only a few rules, the finished quilt was to be 18” x 25” and depict any method of pollination, from boy scout feet stomping through the woods, to wind, fire, waves and the countless number of insect bird or animal activities which help to pollinate our planet.

The exhibition comes from Women Who Run with Scissors a Green Bay Fiber Art Group founded in 1997. According to their mission statement, “Our interests are in creating original pieces of fiber art and enjoying the thread of weirdness that binds us all together. Those same irreverent qualities that got us into trouble in grade school are now finally working to our advantage as we blend our personal visions with the exploration of contemporary surface design techniques.”

This exhibition will remain on display until February of 2021 and includes 28 quilt pieces. 

If you believe that quilts are simply blankets that are meant to be thrown over your bed, think again. Women Who Run with Scissors challenged the traditional purpose of a quilt and turned their hobby into creative artwork.

About Women Who Run with Scissors:  Women Who Run with Scissors is a Fiber Art group founded in 1997 based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Their common interests are in creating original pieces of fiber art and enjoying the thread of weirdness that binds them all together.  Those same irreverent qualities that got them into trouble in grade school are now finally working to their advantage as they blend their personal visions with the exploration of contemporary surface design techniques.

The artist group is comprised of 15 women who are first and foremost interested in having fun and making art.  The order of importance flips back and forth, and many of the artists experiment with a variety of art forms and activities.  Their creativity and humor shine through the pieces they create.

Museum of Natural Inspiration” Exhibit


The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative announces the opening of the Lawton Gallery’s exhibition, “Museum of Natural Inspiration: Artists Explore the Richter Collection.” This exhibit is collaboration between the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery, the University’s Center for Biodiversity, and features artists who have created artwork inspired by the Richter Museum of Natural History’s collection of specimens. This exhibit is in a true partnership of art and science.

The exhibit opened with a free public reception on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 4PM to 7PM, which included a special presentation by the Open-Door Bird Sanctuary. The artwork on display is on loan to the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion from University Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Lawton Gallery.

This exhibition will remain on display until Spring 2020. It is the hope that by displaying the works in Door County, it will further broaden year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Center for Biodiversity.

Celebrate! Wisconsin Sculpture 2019

Art in Public Spaces: Egg Harbor

The Public Arts Initiative invites you to enjoy Season Three of “Celebrate! Sculpture” in the Village of Egg Harbor!

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The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor invites you to walk the Village of Egg Harbor and enjoy the third season of “Celebrate! Sculpture”. This annual art show brings new outdoor sculpture to the village for public display.  This season has added four new sculptures displayed in the Village for public enjoyment. Participating artists include Adam Meurer “Sail”, Barbara and Doug Henderson “Garden Spirit” (represented at Woodwork Gallery), and  Stephen Yankowski “Hallelujah” and “Swerve” and “Dive”(represented by Cappaert Contemporary Gallery). These nationally known artists have created unique art pieces in a variety of different mediums, including glass and metals, for the 3rd season of “Celebrate! Sculpture”.
Maps with locations of the “Celebrate! Sculpture” artwork and Egg Harbor’s permanent outdoor sculpture walk are available at the Egg Harbor Welcome Center and local business. All of the artwork is for sale with part of the proceeds going to help purchase additional pieces of public art for the Village of Egg Harbor’s growing Sculpture Walk.

“Celebrate! Sculpture” will be on display thru the end of October.

Keep an eye out for The Public Arts Initiative’s upcoming call for art for the fourth season of “Celebrate! Sculpture 2020”. The Public Arts Initiative of Egg Harbor is a 501c3, non for profit, with all donations used for the purchase of public art in public places and educational programs.

Friday, June 25 ART SPEAKS

Join us from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. outdoors at the Kress Pavilion (7845 Church St, Egg Harbor).

Write On, Door County is pleased to a special edition of Art/Speaks with the Egg Harbor Public Art Initiative.

Art/Speaks is a free writing lab encouraging people to write in response to visual art. Led by poet Francha Barnard, this 60-minute writing activities is perfect for both beginning and advanced writers of all ages.

This session will focus on the metal sculptures of Richard Edelman, on display at the Kress Pavilion and in various locations in downtown Egg Harbor. Weather permitting, the session will be held outdoors.


About Art/Speaks:

The practice of using words to comment on a piece of visual art—ekphrasis—is an ancient one. One of the earliest and most commonly cited forms of ekphrasis occurs in The Iliad, when Homer provides a long and discursive account of the elaborate scenes embossed on the shield of Achilles. Contemporary literature provides many fine examples of ekphrastic writing. Though most common in poetry, ekphrastic writing can also include fiction and nonfiction.

Some background and examples of ekphrasis will be provided. Participants will be asked to write in response to one of the pieces from the current exhibit or to another piece that captures your imagination. Following the writing, writers will share their work aloud with other participants if they wish.