Murphy and Evans Shine at Fine Line Designs Gallery
When I'm traveling north or south on Hwy 42 between Ephraim and Sister Bay, my car often takes the turn to Fine Line Designs Gallery. This sweet spot features original paintings, custom wood furnishings, glass, jewelry, ceramics and fiber art, and right now there's a show of two fabulous Door County artists that shouldn't be missed: Pamela Murphy and Stephanie Evans. Sculpture by Stephanie Evans Murphy's dreamy, evocative oil paintings and encaustics are often based on vintage photographs of classic scenes: children at a beach, or a young woman's portrait. Midwestern architectural subjects also feature prominently in her work. But Murphy adds a tenderness and mystery to the works that are so affecting, and so unique that she has developed a devoted following to her work. Stephanie Evans' signature ceramic dresses are built by hand, and each has a woman's name. They are poignant explorations of the female form, and are embellished with details that evoke emotion and specificity, without showing an actual face of the subject. Murphy's and Evans' work inform and complement each other, and the two have been featured in tandem several times at the gallery. Painting by Pamela Murphy Gallery owner and operator Shari Gransee is a delight to talk with, as is her friendly staff. She offers visitors insights into the dozens of exhibiting artists, and is also committed to showing art at various price points. "In everything we do, we strive for the best quality art, but it's also important to us to be accessible." Speaking of accessible, don't miss a stroll through the 2-acre sculpture garden that showcases sculptures in bronze, stone, metal, ceramic, copper, and stainless steel, as well as a pond and beautiful gardens. My daughters were as enamored with the beetles the found on the flowers and the lily pads on the pond as I was with the artwork. Viewof the gallery from the gardens Murphy and Evan's exhibit runs through August 4. Fine Line Designs Gallery is open daily May through October from 10-6, 10-5 on Sundays. The gallery remains opens on weekends for the "quiet season" as well.