Where Creativity Finds Its Canvas
Door County has long been a haven for artistic inspiration, drawing from its natural beauty and the vibrant artistic community. The ever-changing hues of Lake Michigan and the serene landscapes have inspired countless artists. Whether you're an artist or simply appreciate creativity, Door County invites you to join its artistic tapestry.
Meet the Winners of 2023 Art in the Door
Destination Door County is thrilled to announce the winners of the Art in the Door contest. Four talented local artists each received a $2,000 prize, and you can see their artwork appearing in marketing campaigns promoting our inspiring destination.
We invite you to meet the artists and learn more about them, their practice and how Door County inspired their masterpieces.
"Setting Out" • Oil
Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Brian retired from a 20-year career as a heavy equipment operator to become a professional artist in Door County. At 56, he took a leap of faith, setting up an easel on his counter to explore the world of painting. What started as a pastime soon became a passion he couldn't ignore. Captivated by water and maritime scenes, Brian uses his talents to capture reflections of the region's enchanting beauty.
"Mother Earth Cherry Tree" • Alcohol Ink
With roots tied to Door County through her family's history, Linda Welch's journey led her back time and again to the region she adored. While not initially an artist, her move to Door County ignited a transformative passion. Enrolling in art classes at The Clearing, Linda discovered her affinity for alcohol ink — an exuberant, challenging medium. Her captivating artwork tells stories, like the one of an ancient cherry tree perched upon a hill overlooking the water, with a young Cherry Orchard below. Within each weathered wrinkle of the old mother earth tree, Linda imagines the tales it holds. Her art reflects the essence of Door County — a haven of relaxation, enjoyment, and limitless creativity.
"Bay Sunset" • Pastel
A master of capturing the region's ever-changing beauty across all seasons, Mac Schueppert's canvases reflect the dynamic harmony between nature and time. As a landscape artist, her work pulsates with the vivid colors drawn from sunsets that paint the skies in hues beyond imagination. Through her art, Mac invites viewers to pause and immerse themselves in the splendor of sunsets over the water, offering a gift of expansive views often unseen in bustling city life. Her profound connection to Door County is a testament to the allure of small-town charm, the warmth of its residents, and the boundless opportunities for creativity that inspire her artistic journey.
"Mink River Reveal" • Oil
Hailing from Sister Bay, Wisconsin, Pam seamlessly intertwines her passion for art with her deep connection to nature, resulting in creations that evoke a sense of wonder. With an innate affinity for water and the intricacies of light, shadows, and colors, Pam's artistic journey finds its inspiration in Door County's breathtaking scenery. Her art becomes a vessel to share her visceral experiences amidst woods and shores. Through her work, Pam invites viewers to embrace the same senses she does, fostering a profound connection between the observer and nature's beauty. Pam's creations stand as a testament to the refuge that can be found within this unparalleled terrain in Door County.
Explore the Arts in Door County
Now that you have seen the artwork and met the award-winning artists, it is time to get in the act of Art in the Door yourself. Explore the ways Door County can inspire your artistic spirit and plan your trip.