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2013 was a very good year for arts and culture here in Door County. Then again, what year isn't? Our beautiful peninsula is a haven for artists, a destination for art lovers, and for those of us lucky enough to live here year-round, a constant source of inspiration. As the curtain closes on my first year at Door County Visitor Bureau's Arts and Culture insider, it's time to look back on the year and recap a few highlights. The sun is setting on 2013. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Write On, Door County! is born. A group of writers, educators and literary enthusiasts gathered this year and began a new initiative that is already bringing writing groups to local schools, and aims to bring distinguished writers to the county, launch writing workshops for adults and children and capitalize on the rich literary tradition of local poets and writers.
2. Abe Cohn passes on. The great potter, educator and friend to artists everyone passed away in April, leaving behind a legacy that reached far beyond his famed Potters Wheel gallery. Abe and his wife Ginka are the founders of the Door County pottery scene, as well as influencing many other artists, and their love of the art continues with many other area potters who carry on their great tradition. Third Avenue Playhouse rocked 2013.[/caption] 4. DC Galleries Go Great Guns. Our arts and gallery scene got national recognition from publications including Midwest Living, the Huffington Post and Fodor's Travel. Writers highlighted our incredible variety of artists, including Popelka Trenchard Glass, Edgewood Orchard Galleries and more. Reconfiguring the audience and stage at Door Shakes. As for me, my personal high notes included an afternoon meandering the gardens of Edgewood Orchard Galleries with my mom and sister, a solo trip to Peninsula Players to see the surprisingly moving Miracle on South Division Street, and being part of Rogue Theatre's debut show at the Depot Performing Arts Center in Sturgeon Bay. I'd love to hear your highlights!
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