Nature's giant-sized lilac bouquets have been replaced this week by giant locust trees with white blossoms. Soon they will be falling down and drifting down on us.
The Door County Art League met Monday with two speakers on hand. The well-attended art lectures started with Lorin Willey who gave a lecture and critique of work. I attended the next speaker, Fish Creek's own Liz Maltman. She gave a demonstration and was joined by sister artists Mary White and Lynn Gilchrist. All three display their work at the Woodwalk Gallery just South of Egg Harbor.
Liz gave an inspiring talk on how to keep your paintings fresh and new and without a set style. She approaches each painting as an experiment. With a unique eye, she looks 360 degrees as she paints and combines what she likes regardless of its placement in nature.
She took an old painting, turned it sideways, rubbed it out and started a new one. Lynn worked with a model and more traditionally blocked in the scene first. Mary did the landscape of the audience producing "Art Ladies" in a colorful painting. All three were working in pastels this day and even had an easel set up for others to try a new pack of pastels and sand textured paper.
I painted with the DCAL plein air group at the Master Gardeners garden at the Experimental Station near Sturgeon Bay this week. A half-dozen women or more turned out and had a good time painting till after noon. The next paint-out is to be July 11 at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula Park.
You will see the plein air painters at the concerts at Birch Creek Performance Center this summer, and their work will be on display in a special show there to be announced
The Door County Art League gallery, which is in the Top of the Hill Shops, will hold a reception on Saturday in the third weekend of July.
I have been enjoying the planters by the town center that gardener Laurie Buske planted. She bought out all the small yellow and white striped petunias at Jerry's Flowers and combined them with white geraniums, small blue flowers, and ferns for a stunning combination. The Stella Maris, St. Paul's site has wonderful gardens surrounding the church compliments of Dave Bultman.
Laurie Buske sends news that she is hoping many you have been able to tour the Noble House, the wedding garments are lovely. The yard is looking up in front of the Noble House and we have two new volunteers from Master Gardeners, helping when they can. They are looking for an active volunteer to take photos at events when things are happening at Noble Square.
Our Fish Creek fireworks will be on July 6 along with many other events that day. The summer festival includes live music, old-time games, a pie-eating contest, raffles, great food, the Venetian Boat Parade at 9 p.m. and the fireworks at 10 p.m. Check out the website for a full schedule of events at visitfishcreek.com or call (800) 577-1880.
The interesting history of the commercial fishermen who ventured out into the waters of Green Bay from the small port of Fish Creek is the subject of the next Gibraltar Talks.
It's scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11 at the old Gibraltar Town Hall on the corner of Maple and Spruce streets near the marina. Through interpretive storytelling, Ann Perry will recount the life and times of the commercial fisherman and his family.
The presentation, originally developed while she attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is a blend of information and stories passed down in the family. Ann is from a pioneer Door County family, and can trace her roots back to some of the first settlers in the county and Fish Creek.
There is no concert in Noble Square Park this week, but at 2:30 p.m. July 9, the Concerts in the Park series features the American Folklore Theatre.