I am currently in beautiful western North Carolina, but was in Door County for a few days last week. Door County is small, but they have a really high caliber of artwork in the galleries there. There are enough tourists with an eye to buy to support the area’s galleries. I visited some of my favorite galleries while I was up there. Unlike my previous visit, this time, I had my camera!
My favorite galleries not only have stellar artwork, but the owners have created these beautiful spaces to showcase art; often utilizing old barns or outbuildings and creating beautiful gardens to surround or display the artwork. The use of space is as impressive as the roster of artists. For me, they are a haven; a place of peace. I step out of the car and I feel myself immediately quiet and pay attention.
I hope to create an artist space of my own as imaginative as these galleries in the future.
My gal pal Nina’s husband, Richard Edelman had a beautiful sculpture exhibit going at the Woodwalk Gallery. It’s a great space and they had a gorgeous setting for his work:
Here are some shots of the gallery space. Here’s a converted corn crib:
Converted Corn Crib (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart
Here is a shot of the ceiling:
Corn Crib Ceiling (c) Tracy McCabe Stewart
My favorite gallery of all is the Edgewood Orchard Gallery. First of all, they are the sweetest people on the planet. All of them. The owner, Nell, is an absolute peach. They have a beautiful space with a series of gallery bulidings connected with patios and a beautiful sculpture garden:
Edgewood Orchard Gallery"s Sculpture Garden
The converted barn serves as the main gallery:
Edgewood Orchard Galleries
here’s another shot:
Patio leading to additional gallery space
and here is some of the incredible artwork:
Sculpture by David Valentine
and a beautiful piece by William Jauquet:
William Jauquet Sculpture
and a lovely piece by James G. Moore:
James G. Moore
Here are some other great galleries I would recommend:
The Blue Dolphin House for great garden art, K Allen Gallery for glass, and the Fine Line Designs Gallery for both sculpture and indoor art.
I will post NC pictures when I return to Chicago. I can’t seem to get them off my camera!